Beomeosa Temple Busan Reviews
Busan's central temple Dec 01, 2013
For a city so loaded with temples, it's hard to know where to start. Busan's Beomeosa (pronunciation: boh-moh-sah, it kinda rhymes with "mimosa") is the one that comes most highly recommended. Busan was largely untouched by the Korean war, leaving many structures like Beomeosa mostly unharmed. However, like most significant sites in Korea, was set on fire by the Japanese, and subsequently painstakingly reconstructed. Perched on top of a mountain, the temple overlooks the city and provides awesome views at sunrise and sunset.
At first glance, this temple looks yawningly similar to other traditional Korean buildings, but if you give it a little more than a few minutes and a little patience to explore further afield, you'll see why this temple is so important to locals in Busan. Since it's on top of a mountain, there is plenty of hiking around the temple. If you are facing the temple, you can head through the parking lot on the right hand side of the building and you'll find a hiking trail on the other side of said parking lot heading straight up to a hermitage/nunnery. The hike is nice, and the views from the top are stunning. And it's nice to give the nuns a visit every once in a while, rather than just the monks. At the bottom of the trail, you'll also find a statue garden of buddhas and bodhisattvas unlike anything I've ever seen in Korea.
Beomeosa does take part in Korea's temple stay program, it's actually the third most popular among foreigners, despite ranking terribly in terms of comfort. There are different kinds of temple stay experiences here, and which one you get is kind of a lottery, unless you ask beforehand. Most of the programs are pretty similar. You'll do some kind of tour of the temple, have tea time with a monk where you learn how to have a Korean tea ceremony, make a bead mala while doing 108 prostrations, some meditation, and some chanting and drum ceremonies. Note: for all of the temple stay programs, except the "resting rest" program, you will wake up at 3 a.m. to start your scheduled activities. For more details about the temple stay program, I recommend checking out their website:http://www.beomeo.kr/eng_templestay/ts02.php
To get to the temple, you can take the subway to the "Beomeosa" stop and from there you can take a cab. You can also take a bus, but if you're traveling with someone else, paying for a cab will cost just as much as two bus tickets to the top.
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One of many beautiful temples in South Korea Oct 20, 2011
It's a beautiful temple which is worth a visit to. Its built in the late 600, but has been rebuilt do to damage over the years, last I know of was in the early 1600, because of the Japanese ablaze and a fire later on. In some points it looks a lot like all the other temples in Korea, but it has some nice features which should be seen. I personally loved the way it was hidden away in the forest and mountain, with a beautiful view of the nature.
I only went for sightseeing purposes, but while your there you can try "temple stay" which apparently includes:
* Ceremonial Service
* Talk with a monk
* Zen Meditation
* 108 Buddhist Beads Threading
* 108 bows
* Tour to hermitages
* Communal Buddhist Meal Service
* Community Work
* Tea Ceremony
I don't think the temple stay is for free, but sightseeing at the temple is ^^
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