I have been waiting to visit the Haedong Yonggunsa Temple. I've seen so many pictures of this place and it looks so beautiful. I am so happy I finally got to visit here. It sucks because on the way here there was a lot of traffic and it took us longer than expected to get there so we only had 20 minutes to look around the temple. But I was able to get the gist of the temple. Enjoy!
It was about a 10 minute walk from where our bus dropped us off to the temple. It was so busy, there were people everywhere. Haedong Yonggunsa Temple is one of the only temples I have been to that is free. I'm actually really surprised because of the beauty of this temple and it is so different from all the other ones in Korea. Temples are usually build in the mountains and this one is right off the sea. On the way to the temple there are food stalls, women selling beads and even vegetables.
Towards the entrance of the temple you are greeted by 12 zodiac generals
You can see a large 7-tier pagoda made out of stone.
Finally got to the entrance. You can see a golden buddha on the side of the main hall.
A lot of the painting on the temples look exactly the same but I always love to take pictures of them. they are so beautiful, plus all hand painted.
I love Buddha statues, this one is the largest golden statue I have seen so far.
Below is a photo of one of halls at the temple. You can see it has paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
This is a little prayer area where you can give donations.
From the Half moon bridge you can look down and see the "lucky coin divination", which is just fancy for a wishing well. I didn't have any coins to throw in but lots of people were doing it.
If you keep following the path, it leads you to the other side of the temple where you can get a glimpse of the temple with the sea. The view from here is amazing! I could only imagine what it would look like on Buddhas birthday with all the lanterns lit.
Since we were in a rush I wasn't able to get a picture overlooking the temple. But I did go back to one of the halls and got a shot of the paper lanterns on the ceiling. Overall this was my favourite part of the trip. This temple is so beautiful and scenic. It also helped that it is free to visit. I think no matter what time you go it will be busy so just be prepared for crowds.
Getting there: Take line 2 (green line) to Haeundae station and go to Exit 7. Take bus 181 which takes you to Haedong Yonggunsa Temple. Or you can just grab a cab.
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