This post was lo~ng overdue. It was pretty hectic for me from October and things only started to smooth out after April. Skip about myself here and let’s focus on Yonggungsa Temple in Busan. My (or our) Busan trip was in October 2015. Yes, way way overdue. Sorry guys..
It may seems that coming here is totally out of way due to its location on the seaside cliff. Of course, I have thought so too, but hey, it’s not that hard to get here after-all! There are no subway lines connecting to Yonggungsa Temple, but there is a bus that will come here.
Once again, I apologize because it was way too long ago since I visited here, so I cannot remember the bus we took. But, I will insert the link to Korea Tourism website for the transportation!
We wasn’t sure which stop to get off and we had to ask the driver, he shouted to the back of the bus (to us) when we arrived that stop. Such a nice guy! The name of the bus stop is a long one.
Upon stepping out from the bus, I was partly in disbelief. Why? The place we landed our foot looks like a deserted place in the middle of some highway. Anyway, don’t let that awfully weird location take away your excitement. There’s a stone sign not too far from the bus stop carved with “Haedong Yong Gung Temple” on it, from there we walked for around 20 minutes more before we get a glimpse of the entrance.
Along the way, heed my advice: watch the trees!
Nothing’s wrong with the trees, they are not whomping willows. But, if you are afraid of creepy crawlies like me, you might wanna be extra alert. There are some serious bug businesses going on around those trees. There were many, and I meant MANY giant spiders idling on the trees, and I think I even got caught on some strings of web. Yikes!
I cannot say that they are poisonous nor can I say they are safe to touch (although they look really poisonous T.T), especially when you have a kid with you.
Finally arriving at our destination. Yonggungsa Temple. It sure doesn’t look like what I’ve seen online. The view from the entrance was nowhere near a sea nor a cliff. It was just trees and gardens. Pardon me, my impatient-ness was activated.
After walking through this “gate”, we finally saw the sea! I think I was so hyped that I left my guy following me while I took pictures.
The view was simply breathtaking, though there were some construction going on, but it wasn’t obscuring the view. FYI, my pictures couldn’t show its true beauty, you may want to visit there to be charmed by it.
I think I will stop yapping now since I can’t remember much about the trip. T.T I’ll put some pictures here for you guys to see what I’ve seen.
There are quite a number of bridges in this temple, and one that caught our attention was where a flock of humans gathered while looking downwards.
Curiosity hits me (did I mention I get curious easily?), and so we went to take a look. Turns out to be a wishing area. I vaguely remember taking a 100 won coin from my guy and giving it a throw. Out of my expectation, it went in.
Though I did not expect it will go in..
Ok, maybe I did since I was aiming like I’m competing in an Olympic games. One more reason is… ahem, it’s a wishing pot, so definitely it’s for my wish to come true. Tsk.
Yonggungsa temple is rather huge, you can easily spend a couple or more hours here. Also, probably the majestic scenery that makes people wanting to see more of it since it’s located by the cliff. Where else would you be able to see something like this in Korea?
Oh, if you are wondering how the bus stop looks like.. I took some pictures of them while we were leaving.
Although Yonggungsa Temple is a Buddhist temple (and some people might not like it), still I recommend you to come here when you are in Busan. Even if you have very little time. I assure you that you will fall in love with this place. And the actual view is much better than what my pictures can show.