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Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan

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Nestled up against the rocky coastline, Haedong Yonggungsa 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. Before you head to Busan, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Busan trip itinerary planning site, to make sure you see all that Busan has to offer, including Haedong Yonggungsa.
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  • One of the best temples in Korea I’ve been. Perhaps my pic can explain everything. Needless to say more. Idk why I haven't visited so far even though it was not my first time 
    One of the best temples in Korea I’ve been. Perhaps my pic can explain everything. Needless to say more. Idk why I haven't visited so far even though it was not my first time  more »
  • This temple really lived up to my expectation of how it would look. It was truly lovely experience with lots of different elements to the place. It has plenty to see and take in and the views were... 
    This temple really lived up to my expectation of how it would look. It was truly lovely experience with lots of different elements to the place. It has plenty to see and take in and the views were...  more »
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  • Really pretty place! The whole coast is gorgeous and it leads to the temple on the right hand side. The coast walk is so easy and pleasant. Its so nice to get the sea air while walking. Also, on the weekends is less crowded in the morning.
  • This is an incredible Buddhist temple by the sea which you rarely get to see anywhere else. Though it's out of the way from Busan, it is highly recommended to come explore this. There are a lot of other tourists here but it's still worth it. The coastline and architecture on it are truly unique. Do not miss this.

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