Haedong Yonggunsa Temple, or King’s Dragon palace, is a temple built facing the sea. To get to it, take subway line 2, i.e. walk to Jeonpo station, alight at Haeundae station, and exit from exit 7. From here, the easy way would be to just hail a taxi. The alternative would be to take bus #181. Their taxis run by meter, and don’t cost a lot, so for the convenience and time-saving, I took a taxi up. The journey took about 15-20min.
After Yonggunsa, I took a taxi down to Mipo Ferry Terminal. There, I took a sightseeing pleasure boat to the Oryukdo Rocks. The boat ride lasted 1hr. On the boat, you can see locals buying packs of prawn crackers to feed the seagulls. This also made the seagulls fly behind our boat, following us from the quay all the way out to sea. I had never seen so many seagulls before, much less them hovering around me, sometimes even landing on my outstretched hands!
Back at Mipo, I walked along the beach back to the subway station and headed towards Beomeosa. From Haeundae, take the subway to Seomyeon, change to Line 1, and take to Beomeosa station. The whole journey took about an hour. From Beomeosa station, I took exit 5 and hop onto a taxi towards Beomeosa Temple. Alternatively, one can take Bus #90 which is a short walk away from the station, and can be difficult to find. Basically, walk up the path between exit 5 and 7 and up the slope next to a bakery.
Beomeosa temple was one of the largest temple in the region, but was sadly burnt and destroyed during the Japanese occupation. It was later rebuilt. Nonetheless, the architecture still looked fantastic. The nicest part of the Beomeosa temple trip, was the scenery of Mt. Geumjeongsan. It was early November, and the leaves were a colourful array of green, yellow, orange and red. Looking at the scenery, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was looking at a painting. To go down the mountain, follow the mountain path down till you reach a tourist information center. Take the stairs down to reach the bus stop and take Bus #90. It will bring you back to Beomeosa Station.
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