Haedong Yonggungsa


Address: Sirang-ri, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea

How to get there: From Heaundae Station Exit 3, ride the Bus 181 up to the Haedong Yonggung bus station, the temple is still a short walk from the bus station

Operating Hours: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Entrance Fee: Free

Haedong Yonggungsa or Haedong Yonggung Temple (‘sa’ being the Korean word for temple) is known for it’s unusual location. Most temples can be found in the mountains but this one is on a cliff by the sea.


Headong Yonggungsa is one of the sacred related to the Goddess Buddha of Korea. So there will be a lot of other Buddha figure in the temple.

My girl friend refused to touch the figure above because it may be an unplanned pregnancy.


The motto of the temple is, “At least one of your wishes will be answered here through your heartful prayers.” That’s why it’s still one of the most visited temples in Busan.


And once you reach the right spot, you’d see this beautiful sight. They are also celebrating a festival on the 1st of April and most of the lanterns are not yet placed. That would have been beautiful too.


As promised, a lot of Buddha figures are lying around the place.


The architecture is the same one as that of the palaces.

When we arrived, there was an ongoing worship ceremony. However, I didn’t want to intrude so I didn’t take pictures. I was just watching from the open door until they’ve finished.

Next time, I want to catch the festival of lanterns.


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