Being one of Korea’s oldest temples, Haedong Yonggungsa (Haedong Yonggungsa Busan) is also known for its architectural unique when it was built right near the coast. When coming here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the striking, airy and charming scenery of one of the most renowned magnificent pagodas in Korea. Now, let’s explore this beautiful temple through our Haedong Yonggungsa Temple blog — The oldest seaside temple in Busan, South Korea with Living Nomads below.
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Special Geographic Location
Most of the temples in Korea were built in the mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is located right next to the cliffs on the beach, with the back leaning on the mountain, creating an extremely airy and peaceful atmosphere.
This ancient temple was first built by the great monk named Naong in 1376 under the reign of King Wang.
Legend has it that the temple was built according to the dream of Master Naong. One night, the great master dreamed that Dragon appeared on the east coast. Naong knew this is a good omen, he talked to King Wang, the temple was built and named Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.
The whole place is made up of many small temples including Haesu Gwaneum Daebul, Daeungjeon Main Hall, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Shrine and a three-storeyed temple, guarded by four stone lions representing the four basic human emotions of joy, anger, love, sorrow.
To get enter the pagoda, you have to take 108 stone stairs. After going through 108 steps, you will be able to admire the panoramic view of the temple, enjoy the mellow sound of the waves or watch the majestic sunrise from the ideal spot.
What is more exciting? there are many meticulously sculptured statues and art around the pagoda. If you are a fan of architecture, that is the perfect place for you to explore.
On the right side of the temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Shakyamuni Buddha inside a cave with a very unique design.
A three-story tower is sited in front of the main hall, supported by four statues of lions facing the sea.
Each statue represents an emotion of human beings: joy, anger, love, sorrow. Besides, the temple also the large golden Podae-hwasang statue.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a harmonious combination of Buddhist local beliefs, spiritual elements and the landscape of heaven and earth, mountains and immense sea. It is believed that, if you sincerely wish to visit this temple, all your wishes will come true.
That is the reason why so many Koreans often come here for the New Year to watch the sunrise while praying for the good things of the New Year. In addition, this temple is also famous for its sacredness, many visitors come here to pray in front of the Hakeupbul or Deuknambul statue in the hope of having children …
What you can find in this temple is simply the peace and serenity in the soul, when beholding the imposing mountains, the colorful lanterns, the Buddha statues with unique architecture, small pigeons living in the temple.
And most importantly, it is the time for you to wash away the afflictions of anger in the heart, so that the mind is peaceful, your life will be happier.
Do not forget to take in the opportunity to enjoy Korean street food, such as hot tokbokki rice cake, prepared fresh seafood; to visit the nearby markets with the extremely friendly locals.
You can talk to the locals to understand more about this land. Remember to buy yourself some local specialties, such as dried tea leaves.
I am sure you will never forget the pace of peaceful life here. A good experience will last so long!
Address: 416-3 Silang-ri Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, Korea (부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 시랑리 416-3)
How to get to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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: From the bus No. 181, take a 500-meter walk to get to the temple. It’s the only road around so it can’t be missed.
Amenities: restrooms, food, souvenir shops, parking lot.
Operating Hours: 05:00-Sunset. Open all day: Yaksajeon Hall & Bangsaengteo Site
Admission Fees: Free
Parking Fees: 3,000 won for the vehicle (15 seats or less) / 5,000 won for the vehicle (16-25 seats) / 7,000 won for the vehicle (25 seats or more).
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