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Haedong Yonggung Temple, Busan

#1 of 14 in Historic Sites in Busan
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Nestled up against the rocky coastline, Haedong Yonggung Temple offers sweeping sea views and a rare example of oceanfront medieval architecture in the country. Originally constructed in 1376, the temple has in the following centuries undergone several periods of restoration and reconstruction. Make your way along the 108 steps to the main part of the sanctuary, and you'll find the path lined with anthropomorphic animal statues representing the signs of the zodiac. Peel off towards the sea to get a panoramic view out over the water from the rocky viewpoint, where you can feel the breeze blowing and hear the waves crashing against the shore. Explore the main portion of the temple and find its numerous nooks and crannies, filled with icons, statues, and artworks dedicated to teachings of the Buddhist faith. To visit Haedong Yonggung Temple on your holiday in Busan, and find out what else Busan has to offer, use our Busan.
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  • This was by far the highlight of my trip to South Korea. It is so majestic and I was really able to take my time. Though it was moderately busy, I was able to see everything close up and even spend...  more »
  • One of the most impressive Buddhist temples in South Korea, a touristy, crowded, clean and well-kept place, with an impressive view.  more »
  • It was my first visit to a Buddhist temple, so I don't have much to compare it to. However, the grounds and buildings are beautiful and there are some really interesting paintings on the walls of the main temple building. There are a LOT of steps to get up and down, so take that into consideration if you have mobility issues.
  • It is just a Buddhist temple that's unique because it's at the coast. Would not recommend unless you are in the area or if you are elderly with mobility issues as there are quite a number of steps leading to the temple. The details underneath the temple roof are nice though.

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