Busan, South Korea
Samgwangsa Temple Busan Reviews
A nice place, but nothing special Feb 24, 2014
Samgwangsa was the last on my list of temples to visit in Busan. It is big and beautiful, however, I have seen much more impressive temples during my time here in Korea. The temple is actually very young, only about 30 years old. Despite being unremarkable, I can't think of a single negative thing to say about it.
In addition to being used for for prayer and ritual, the locals use the main hall for graduation ceremonies and weddings. The temple is very nicely decorated. There are paintings all over the many buildings of the complex depicting various times of the Buddha's life. There is also a 10-tiered pagoda showing the 12 animals of the Asian zodiac, surrounded by a wall carved with Buddha's, Bodhisattvas, and guardians. The pagoda and the wall carvings are actually quite nice. Again, it's something you could see at most Korean temples, but still quite nice.
To reach the temple, you can take a very quick and cheap taxi from the Seomyeon subway stop. There are several buses that go up that direction as well, but if you are with another person, taking a taxi will be the same price, and you'll get there faster.
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