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Originally built in 1376, this Buddhist temple is not just unique in its beauty, but also its location. Most Buddhist temples in Korea are located way way up in the mountains. I suspect this was meant to be a defense against the historical Japanese penchant for invading Korea and burning them down. Haedong Yonggungsa (“Korean Dragon Palace Temple”) though is different; it’s built right along the sea!
While perhaps not the most historically significant temple in Korea, it definitely features a lot to do for the visiting tourist. More so than any other temple I’ve seen, Korean street vendors (presumably, non-Buddhist) have expertly exploited the popularity of the temple to make money. The path to the entrance of the temple is lined solid with food and souvenir vendors as far as the eye can see.
Once “inside” the temple, you’ll be awed by the stunning beauty of the temple pagodas, and the view out over the cliffs and across the sea. Or you can rub the belly of the tarnished Dharma and increase your likely-hood of having a son. Actually, I think just about anything you can do at Haedong Yonggungsa helps you get a son.
Whether you want a son or not, when you’re in Busan take a trip to the sea to see the incredible Haedong Yonggungsa temple.