Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, located about 50 minutes by car to the northeast of Busan, is one of Korea’s top three Gwaneumseong Fortresses, where the sea, dragon, and Gwaneumdaebul are more religious than anywhere else, and anyone can make one wish come true.
Located in the east of Gijang-gun, Busan, Yonggungsa Temple in Haedong is said to have been founded in 1376 by Ambassador Naong, who was the king of the Goryeo Dynasty.One day, when the drought continued in the country, the Dragon King of the East Sea appeared in the dream of Ambassador Naong, saying, “If you pray to Buddha every morning in a place with a mountain behind and a sea in front of you, the weather will improve, and the name of the temple will be Bongnaesan Mountain and Bomunsa Temple.”
However, after being destroyed by the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, Ungangsang of Tongdosa Temple rebuilt the temple in the early 1930s and changed its name to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple after seeing Jeongam Buddha ascend to heaven in his dream after praying for 100 days.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a mysterious and unique temple built beautifully like a picture on a rugged cliff on the beach, making it seem to be sucked into the palace. At the entrance of the temple, there are 108 steps of the zodiac, stone pagoda, and pan-brain, and there are many traces of human petting on the moon horse’s belly and nose as rumors circulated that stroking the moon horse’s nose and belly decorated at the entrance of the 108 steps.
If you go down 108 steps and cross the stone bridge where you make a wish by tossing a coin and enter Garam, you can see the cave shrine of Golden Pig and Yaksa Buddha, Daeungjeon Hall, Geummireukbul, and Yongwangdang at a glance.
In front of Daeungjeon Hall, there is a three-story stone pagoda of lions enshrined in Sri Lanka, a little away, Yongwangdang Shrine, and on the hill behind it stands a 10-meter-high Seawater Gwaneumdae Buddha overlooking the eastern sea.
From the parking lot of Haedong Yonggungsa Temple to the temple, there are street stalls selling street food and tourist products.
Take seat bus No. 1003 from Nampo-dong (Chungmu-dong Rotary) toward Gijang
Transfer from Songjeong Beach to Yonggungsa City Bus
Bus No. 181 in Busan
It takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the location of the train, depending on the station of Centum City and Haeundae Station on Subway Line 2
Use the Donghae Line at Gukcheolbu Station near Seomyeon
Get off at Songjeong Station on the Donghae Line and transfer to the city bus No. 139
|Name||Haedong Yonggungsa Temple|
|Address||416-3 Sirang-ri, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan|
부산시 기장군 기장읍 시랑리 416-3
|Closed day||Open year round|
|Admission Fees||Free/Parking fee 3,000 Won|
|Viewing time||until sunset|