Have you ever heard the waves from the sea of Gijang? What if the vast, endless ocean and the magnificent coastal view were spread out before your very eyes?
Let’s visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, where the wind, waves, and breathtaking views await.
Located on the coast of Sirang-ri, Gijang-gun, Busan, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple received its name from a dream of Buddhist Monk Jeongam whom Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva ascended on the back of a dragon by the coast. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is hung over the edge of the land, where the sea meets the mountain like a piece of painting.
On the way to the precincts of the temple, you will first see the 12 zodiac animal deities where you can find the animal of your birth year and take pictures. The 12 gods protect the land in 12 directions, block the invasion of evil spirits, and act as fairy godmothers that wish for the five blessings. Go through the Iljumun Gate, and reach the 108 stairs connected through the pine grove to see the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple embracing the blue ocean finally. Above Yongmungyo Bridge, connected to the temple, many visitors throw coins and make wishes. Legend says that the Yonggungsa Temple grants at least one wish.
Known as the most beautiful temple in Korea, the whole interior becomes a photo zone with an oceanic view. If you want to photograph the breathtaking view of the ocean, climb up the stairs next to the Daeungjeon Hall. Meet the benevolent Seaside Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, and take memorable photographs where the blue sea becomes yours below your feet.
If you want to enjoy the coastal landscape that harmonizes with the waves and the unique rock formation, follow the coastal trail. The sunrise rock, where you can see the horizon that runs across the sky and sea, is a hot spot of Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Moreover, the coastal trail that belongs to Haeparang Trail Route 1 makes visitors pause and take a break.
Enjoy a fun and entertaining sea experience at the National Fisheries Research & Development Institute connected to the coastal trail.
The Hilton Hotel Ananti Cove Town nearby is a perfect dating spot for lovers.
Lower your voice inside the temple.
Only use the side doors to enter and exit. Do not use the front door (only for monks) when entering and leaving the Buddhist Sanctuary.
Organize your shoes.