Haedong Yonggungsa is one of the famous temples in Busan located at the north-eastern part of the city. The name translates to “Korean Dragon Palace Temple” in English. One of the most unique points of this temple is that it is situated near the ocean, which is quite rare in South Korea as most temples in the country are found in the mountains.
Upon arriving at the bus stop for the temple, you have to walk uphill for about 10-15 minutes. You will then see a government building and also a flock of street vendors. At first, I was quite surprised seeing as how there is a market near the temples even with loud music blaring from a sound system. However, upon making my way through them, it somehow got serene and the atmosphere became calming. It seems that we are about to reach the temple.
|The road leading to the temple that are also flocked with street vendors which was also a pretty sight to see|
|12 statues of the Chinese Zodiac|
|me and my sign - for good luck? nah|
|a unique chair near the entrance|
|i want this cute bench!|
After passing these statues, you’ll be able to see a pagoda standing just outside the gold dragon entrance gate. One point I was only able to notice while making this post is the black tire beside the pagoda, I have read that this are for people praying for safe journey while driving.
|The pagoda with a black tire|
|The gold dragon entrance gate|
|tunnel to the temple|
|little Buddha statues near entrance|
Once here, there are two paths that will either let you explore the temple or pray at the golden statue of Buddha. We tried first to explore the latter trail.
This site would also enable you to take a full picture of the temple within the rocky shoreline.
|the close up view of the temple and Bodhisattva|
While crossing the bridge, you can also find “wishing statues”. Why not try your luck here? I ran out of coins though.
You’ll be greeted by different statues and buildings once you have passed by the bridge. You can see the main hall, shrine hall, pagodas, and a statue of a dragon.
|A beautiful pagoda wherein you can also have majestic view of the sea|
|the main hall|
Around the main hall, you can also see some beautiful paintings illustrating Buddha’s life and the monk who has built the temple.
Nearby the main hall and a prayer hall, you can see a very large golden dharma.
Ascending these steep stairs is the location of the massive statue of Bodhisattva, Goddess of Mercy.
From here, you can take brilliant pictures of the temple and the sea as well.
Surrounding the temple, you can find tons of Buddha statues in different sizes and colors. I thought these were really cute and interesting.
Nearby the main hall, you can also find a statue of the dragon that represents the Divine god of the East Sea. He is surrounded with mini-Buddha figurines.
Aside from the Bulguksa temple in Gyeongju, Haedong Yonggungsa has to be one of my favorites as well. The location was superb and has provided us with magnificent views of the ocean. I thought the presentation of the temple was very artistic, and to top it off, there is no admission fee, which is a plus for frugal travelers.
I felt a bit sad that we are leaving Busan already, as I think we have not yet explored the city as much as we wanted to. However, the two whole days I have stayed in Busan was very memorable as I have seen the normal life of its people, and somehow I felt like I belonged.
For more posts about Busan, please also see posts on our Day 8 and Day 9 part 1 and part 2 activities.
안녕히 가십시오 - Annyonghi kashipsio. Here’s a monk saying Goodbye and take care for now.