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Jun 26, 2023 / 19:22

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: Attraction for culture lovers

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is one of the three sacred sites related to Goddess Buddha of Mercy in South Korea.

Situated on the coast of northeastern Busan, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a rare find of a temple on the coast, as most Korean temples are in the mountains. 

This temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo dynasty. It's an attraction for international tourists in Busan, South Korea.

The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention to the colors traditionally used in such structures. On the right side, inside the cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while just in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with four lions. The four lions symbolize joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. Other special features of the temple are the 108 steps and the stone lanterns that line the rocky landscape. After descending the 108 steps, one will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the temple. Halfway down the 108 steps, one can stop and enjoy the soothing sounds of the waves and watch the majestic sunrise.

Many people come here on New Year's Day to make a wish for the new year while watching the sunrise. April is a wonderful time of year, with the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated in the fourth month of the lunar calendar and offers a spectacular nighttime view as the temple grounds are lit with lanterns.