부산. 釜山. Busan
해동용궁사. 海東龍宮寺. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
86 Yonggung-gil Gijang-eup Gijang-gun
(Information from KTO) Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb find of a tourist spot and temple offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shoreline. Most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures. On the right-hand side, inside a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while situated in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with four lions that symbolize joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. Other special sites are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. Many people come to this spot on New Year’s Day to make a wish for the new year as they watch the sun come up. The birth of Buddha is celebrated in April (following the lunar calendar) and offers a spectacular night view as the temple area is aglow with electrically lit lanterns.