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Temples. Temples. Temples. Yep, Busan is full of em’. Yet, there were only two particular temples that caught my attention from all of the tourist hotspots advertised in Busan’s tourism brochures: Samkwang Temple and Haedong Yonggung.
I set off for Haedong Yonggung Temple in the early afternoon right after strolling down Haeundae Beach and stuffing down the best pizza I had ever eaten in my life.
At the outer entrance to Haedong Yonggung Temple lied a long and steep road that gave me a workout equivalent of an hour-long weightlifting class at my gym.
At the inner entrance to the temple lied a pathway riddled with stalls selling everything from arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, Buddhist artifacts, and souvenirs, to street snacks, traditional food, and soft drinks.
At the end of the marketplace sat a dozen or so 15 ft. tall stone carvings of animals cloaked in various uniforms.
Therein also sat an even taller stone—the “Traffic Safety Prayer Pagoda”—followed buy a narrow downward staircase leading to the temple.
After reaching the mid-way point of the staircase I discovered a ledge that provided a breathtaking vantage point of Haedong Yonggung Temple.
Northwards in front of the temple lied a beautiful vast body of water extending into the horizon, and underneath it, rough, powerful waves splashed onto the rocky shores it was built upon.
The view of Haedong Yonggung Temple in this setting was one of many majestic experiences I have experienced throughout my travels in Southeast Asia.
Furthermore, continuing downward I arrived on a small cliff that housed a golden statue of Buddha where many of the tourists in the area carried out prayers.
As I made my way further into the temple I passed a large wishing pond where visitors would try their luck by tossing coins into bowls situated some 15-20 feet below. I guess that’s a good luck charm all across the world!
Next up was a large and colorfully decorated temple that housed three sitting statues of Buddha along with an extensive collection of lanterns riddled across its ceiling.
To the left of the temple sat another large golden statue a Buddha next to a small pagoda.
There were other onsite buildings that housed restaurants and offices, and a few meters above the temple stood yet another statue of Buddha that overlooking the ocean.
My trip to Busan’s Haedong Yonggung Temple was such a positive experience, especially because I love overlooking historical landmarks placed in front of magnificent backdrops. I’d place this jewel is on your list of attractions to visit when in Busan.
Make sure to check out the Haedong Yonggung Temple website for more information!
Directions to Haedong Yonggung Temple: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Jangsan Station. Exit 7. Walk across the street to the 7th Street Pizza and take the #7 Town Bus all the way to the last stop, which is Haedong Yonggung Temple. You can catch the bus there to head back to the station, as well.