South Korea Day 5, Busan – Haedong Yonggunsa, Oryukdo, Beomeosa

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.

Overview of the coastal temple
Overview of the coastal temple
Male child Buddha
Looking at the Buddha’s belly, one could only guess how many people had come here praying for a male child.
Nice quiet path to Yonggunsa
Nice quiet path to Yonggunsa
Buddha overseeing the sea
Buddha overseeing the sea, protecting land from the ferocious waves.
Buddha of laughter
Buddha of laughter
Goddess of Mercy
Goddess of Mercy at the top of a steep climb.
Amazing how years of weathering the waves can create such layered texture on the rocks.

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!

Seagulls everywhere
People feeding prawn crackers to seagulls.
Seagull with a backdrop of Busan
Seagull with a backdrop of Busan.
Seagulls following the boat out to sea
Seagulls following the boat out to sea
Seagull
Seagull
All the Oryukdo Rocks in one shot.
Gwangan Bridge
Gwangan Bridge in the distant.
Skyline of Busan
Skyline of Busan

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.

Beomeosa Temple
Beomeosa Temple
Bamboo Path
Bamboo Path
Reconstructed Temple
Reconstructed Temple
Despite being reconstructed in the 1600s, the temple still had its ancient feel. The pillars really looked weathered and old.
Path down the mountain
A solitary path flanked by beautiful red autumn leaves.

Nov 2012

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2 thoughts on “South Korea Day 5, Busan – Haedong Yonggunsa, Oryukdo, Beomeosa

    1. Hi, I seriously can’t remember the price of the taxi now. But they run by the meter, and I don’t remember it being shockingly expensive. Taxi drivers are very nice. But some cannot understand English. Hence my advice is to take 2 brochures at the airport/train station – one in English, the other in Korean. Show the Korean map to the taxi drivers, and they will be most glad to bring you to it.

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