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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: A Seaside Temple in Busan

While temples are commonly associated with mountains, in Busan, you can find a temple right by the sea. One such notable attraction in Busan is the “Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.”

Located in Gijang-eup, Gijang-gu, Busan, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple boasts a beautiful natural landscape combined with stunning sea views, making it a popular destination for many visitors.

“A Considerable Transformation in Gijang”

Upon revisiting Haedong Yonggungsa Temple after quite some time, I noticed that the route had changed significantly. Various outlets had sprung up, and the roads appeared to be neatly paved. Given that my last visit was around 2012, it was only natural that things would change. As the saying goes, even landscapes change in ten years…

The parking lot leading to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple had also been modernized, in stark contrast to its previous appearance. While the temple itself remained unchanged, I was struck by the remarkable transformation in the surrounding scenery, prompting me to visit with admiration.

“Formerly Known as Bomunsa”

In the past, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was known as Bomunsa. Established in 1376 by the Great Monk Naong, the temple was destroyed during the Imjin War but was later rebuilt during the Japanese colonial period in the 1930s. In 1974, it was renamed “Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.”

“A Temple by the Seaside, Harmonizing with the Scenery”

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is renowned for being a seaside temple that harmonizes with the surrounding natural landscape, making it beloved by many. It is particularly popular among foreigners who appreciate exotic cultures and scenery. On New Year’s Day, it becomes a bustling place for people to enjoy the sunrise. Additionally, it naturally draws a large crowd on Buddha’s Birthday, which is considered one of the largest Buddhist festivals.

“A Place Worth Visiting Regardless of Religion”

In my personal opinion, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a must-visit spot for anyone traveling to Busan. Whether you are a Buddhist believer or not, it offers a place where you can find satisfaction simply by appreciating the scenery, transcending religious affiliations.

“Visiting Haedong Yonggungsa Temple with American Scholarship Recipients”

This trip was a graduation trip, especially for American students dispatched as scholarship recipients. Spending two nights and three days before returning to their home country after a nine-month stay in South Korea to learn the Korean language and culture, we visited this place during our travels.

Visiting Haedong Yonggungsa Temple with high school students from the United States has left a lasting memory for me personally.

“Busan Gijang: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple”

  • Address: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gu, Busan 46083, South Korea
  • Phone: 051-722-7744
  • Opening Hours: 05:00 – Sunset
  • Website: www.yongkungsa.or.kr