I mentioned briefly in my last instalment of my South Korea Second-Timer series of posts that I went to the Haedong Yonggungsa water temple in Busan during the first weekend of my trip. Because I took so many beautiful photos there, I wanted to do a whole post dedicated to the temple, and tell you a little more about it!
To get to the temple, we took the metro from Hwamyeong to Deokcheon and then Deokcheon all the way to the Haeundae stop, and then caught a crowded bus from outside the subway stop to the bottom of the hill next to the temple. It was crazy hot when we got there, and then we had to walk for a little while to actually get there, and there were some wasp-like flying insects around which put me majorly on edge at the start of our day, but I was too distracted by the beauty and location of the place to be bothered for too long.
On the walk in, we passed a load of statues of the different animals of the Chinese zodiac, and Brittany and I took photos with our animals, her with the ram and me with the dog. It was still a little bit of a walk to the temple from there, but it was all downhill, down steps, so it wasn’t too bad. Most of the walkway was through overhanging trees, so you couldn’t see a lot on the way down, but when it finally opened up you got a great view of the sea and the temple ahead of you over the bridge.
On the way over the bridge, Brittany and I had a few goes at throwing coins into the wishing pot. The guys next to Brittany got kind of close and I failed a bit with my go, but Brittany managed to actually hit the pot! It didn’t go in, unfortunately, but it got the closest of all of us so it was definitely the winner.
The day we went was a Saturday, so it was super busy at the temple. There were lots of tourists, but also lots of families and couples, and lots of children, so it was a bit of a strain to keep from getting irritated as we walked round, but I was happily distracted by the beauty of the place to mind too much.
We walked round the temple quite quickly, and then walked down to the rocks by the sea where we had a lovely view out to sea and also up at the temple. By the rocks, there are a few food and drink stands for visitors to snack on, but ice cream in the summer equals nosey wasps, so I skipped a snack and we finished our trip to the temple with a walk along a path by the sea and into a kind of empty maritime museum place…I think.
It was a beautiful place to visit. I recommend to anyone who is thinking of going, to go on a weekday and not a weekend, as it would give you more opportunity to enjoy the place better without all the people there.
Until next time,
This is a post in my South Korea Second-Timer series. Read the others here!
My Holiday Bucket List
Part 1: Plane Panic and, um, Personal Space Please?
Part 2: Welcome to Busan!
Part 3: Hwamyeong, a Temple, and Being Spend Happy
Beomeosa 범어사 – Temple of the Nirvana Fish
Gamecheon Culture Village 부산 감천문화마을
Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁