Haedong Yonggungsa

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Sirang-ri, Busan, South Korea

Haedong Yonggungsa Busan Reviews

cynthiasmiller cynthias…
62 reviews
Temple on the rocky cliffs Aug 24, 2013
I was warned. I was told it would be busy, but I told myself "If I go on a rainy day, I'll have the place to myself." I couldn't have been more wrong. Maybe it's less crowded during the week, but alas, I wouldn't know. The crowds and the tight spaces and the unrelenting Asian desire to take pictures of oneself from every possible vantage point, thus holding up said crowds can test one's resolve for peace and compassion.

It is still a really lovely temple. It's positioned at the edge of a rocky cliff. The location was the highlight for me. The waves crashing against the cliffs and the mist from the ocean almost make you feel as though you are by yourself if you can ignore the chatter and sound of cameras. It reminded me of Seattle and made me a little homesick.

As one would expect, there are several Buddha statues around the temple. Some are small, some enormous, some slender, and some are the fat, jolly Buddhas that one might find at a Chinese restaurant. As you enter the temple (and as you leave) you'll find statues that represent each of the animals in the Asian zodiac, and street vendors selling the ubiquitous Buddha beads, refreshments, and traditional medicinal herbs.

As most of the temples in Busan, it's a bit out of the way. If temples interest you, then this one is definitely worth the visit. If not, then consider whether or not you want to be stuck maneuvering around dozens of snap-happy Koreans through tight spaces. And seeing how busy this place gets, there will be cabs waiting outside if you choose to take one back to the subway station.
One of the many Buddha statues. T…
At the entrance to the temple.
The highest point of the temple.
View from the temple.
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monky says:
Congrats on your featured review!:)
Posted on: Aug 27, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
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Posted on: Aug 27, 2013
rsvpme says:
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Posted on: Aug 27, 2013
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bensonryan bensonry…
98 reviews
Temple rich in Buddhist culture Jul 01, 2013
Free to enter, and littered with many souvenir shops, Haedong Yonggung-sa Temple is a must see temple if you ever find yourself in Busan. Visitors can freely relish the cultural heritage and Buddhist influence. It is located along the coast of Busan City, unlike the many temples built inland. Many Buddhist statues and pagodas overlook the ocean and enshrouded in it's rocky enclosure.

Like other Buddhist temples in Japan and China, New Years and the following few days mark the most occupied time of the year. It is a time when the host nationals and other Buddhists congregate and pray for good fortune for the year to come. The trip with my friends to this temple was a rich and rewarding yet tiresome. The artwork and the sculptures were colorful and detailed.

Monsoon season must have dragged through July. Despite it's compact features, the terrain and repeat walks through the steep stairwells can be an exhausting feat. So be prepared for a little bit of a workout. Souvenir shops sells merchandise ranging from a few dollars to thousands. Be careful when counting your Korean Won.
My Cap'n Morgan pose!
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monkeymia79 says:
I love the photos of the dragon. The temple looks beautiful.

Thank you for the review.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2016
spocklogic says:
Some interesting sculptures/figures there to see.
Posted on: Sep 08, 2013

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