Haedong Yonggung Temple & The Seaside Views

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBuddhist temples are not terribly difficult to stumble upon while in Korea. There are temples in the middle of Seoul daring those that enter to just try and find quiet solitude and there are temples dotting the mountains across the country so any hike becomes that much more interesting with the addition of a tour of one.

Rarely, though, do you find a seaside temple in Korea. Haedong Yonggung Temple (해동용궁사), which means Korean Dragon Palace Temple, is probably the most popular and widely known seaside temple in the country and truly does live up to the hype that brings so many visitors to its gates.

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First founded in 1376 by venerable monk Naong, an advisor to King Gongmin, during the Goryeo Dynasty, it was destroyed like so many others during the Japanese invasions and the one currently standing wasn’t rebuilt until the 1930s with additions added on in the 70s and 2000s. The temple was originally named Bomun Temple (보문사), but upon reconstruction headed by the venerable monk Ungang, it was renamed Haedong Yonggung Temple.

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

Twelve statues representing the twelve signs of the zodiac first welcome visitors toward the temple followed by a nine story pagoda ushering people through a golden dragon gate leading to steps that lead to the coast. Down the lantern lined 108 steps that represent the 108 agonies of earthly desire of Buddhism, visitors come to a bridge that leads to the main temple complex. Numerous statues and shrines including a large golden dharma smiling broadly, a granite statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Gwanseeum-bosal, and the Yacksayeorae Healing Buddha sit around the complex and beckon those that have traveled to this spot to take in a few moments of silence in between the crowds of tourists as well as get in some photos. Every angle of this temple is beautiful and provides some great scenic views.Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

If you’re visiting Busan and happen to be at the far eastern end of the city, this is a must see.

Haedong Yonggung Temple (해동용궁사)

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleAddress:

부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 시랑리 416-3

416-3 Silang-ri Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, Korea

Phone: 051-722-7744

Directions:

Subway: Take the subway to the last stop on the green line, Jangsan Station and from there either catch bus 181 or grab a taxi to the temple.

Bus: 181, walk up a road about 500 meters that leads to the temple. It’s the only road around so it can’t be missed.

Amenities: restrooms, food, souvenir shops, parking lot

Website: http://www.yongkungsa.or.kr/Haedong Yonggung Temple & The Seaside Views, Busan, Korea

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  1. October 17, 2014

    […] anticipation grows as you walk down many stairs. (Side note: I bet this place would look so awesome around Buddha’s birthday. Look up […]

  2. January 1, 2015

    […] opportunity while being on the far eastern end of the city that lines the southern coast to visit Haedong Yonggung Temple. I’ve had this seaside temple on my list of must-sees for some time and was thrilled to get […]

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