Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 해동 용궁사
Haeundae Station (line 2, exit 7). Walk 20m to bus stop ahead, take Bus #1001 (27mins, frequency 6-10 mins) / #181 (27mins, frequency 17mins) / #100 (32 mins, frequency 12-15mins) and get off at Yonggungsa Temple 용궁사 / National Fisheries Research & Development Institute 국립수산과학원 stop. Walk back 60m in the direction where your bus came from, turn left onto Yonggung-gil and walk all the way to the temple. 10 mins walk.
Haeundae Station (line 2, exit 7). Walk 20m to bus stop ahead, take Bus #Haeundae-gu 9 (24 mins, frequency 80 mins weekdays, 42-45 mins weekends) and get off at Yonggungsa Temple Entrance 용궁사입구 stop. Walk 20m in the same direction as the bus, turn right onto Yonggung-gil and walk all the way to temple. 9 mins walk.
From Haeundae Beach Square (near Sea Life Busan Aquarium), walk 310m along the main road (Haeundaehaebyeon-ro) to the bus stop in front of Marianne Hotel (next to Fairfield by Marriot Busan). Take Bus #100 (27 mins) / #139 (38 mins). TIPS: Bus #139 operates on the entire stretch of Haeundae Beach with several stops (Beach/Aquarium side). Get off at Yonggungsa Temple 용궁사 / National Fisheries Research & Development Institute 국립수산과학원 stop. Walk back 60m in the direction where your bus came from, turn left onto Yonggung-gil and walk all the way to the temple. 10 mins walk.
Taxi from Haeundae Station/Beach, 20 mins. For your return trip, there are taxi generally queuing at the temple entrance.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a rare find of a temple along the beautiful shore line as most Korean temples are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is one of the three sacred places related to the Goddess of Buddha of South Korea. Its motto is 'at least one of your wishes will be answered here through sincere prayers'.
The temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. Unfortunately, the temple was destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of Korea.
Monk Ungang of Tongdo Temple rebuilt the temple in the early 1930's. In 1970, the main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed with careful attention to the colours traditionally used in such structures.
Walking down 108 steps, one can get close the the water edge with calming sounds of the waves and scenic views towards the main temple building. At the the top near Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Sea water Great Goddess Buddha) is a breathtaking aerial view of the temple, the coastal line and beyond.
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