51 일째 – Busan 부산 – Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사)

Today is Friday! Our most anticipated school field trip has arrived.  Our class is going to Busan … it seems that Busan is a very popular spot for this school.  In any case, we paid 5000 won and got on the coach headed to Busan.

Today … it finally snowed!! However, it did not snow in Busan.

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the road to school

Our first destination is Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사) and it is located near Haeundae Beach on the eastern coast.  Therefore, the bus driver took a detour passing Gyeongju and Ulsan to get here.  The drive was almost 2 hours long.

At the temple, the teachers didn’t give us any information about this temple … we just got off and went on our own.

When we got off the bus, there were many small stalls selling Oden!  They were 2000 won each, which is 1000 won more than in Daegu …

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I bought this instead … it is a fried cake of sorts with sesame inside.  I heard someone said it was delicious so I bought one …

Towards the attraction!  Before we got to the temple, we walked on a path governed by the 12 zodiacs.

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There was also another scary looking statue …

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Continue walking, we would meet a pagoda

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Passing the pagoda, we come across the gate, with the head of a buddha in the middle of the gate …

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Passing the gate, we can hear the water!  There is a platform to the left of the stairs coming down and that takes us to a wonderful viewing platform of the temple.  FYI: there are 108 flights of stairs and 108 has a lot of meaning in Buddism.  There are

FYI: there are 108 flights of stairs and 108 has a lot of meaning in Buddism.  There are a lot of temple complexes in the world that have built things based on 108.

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The temple is special in that it is built on the seaside, overlooking the sea.  I suppose it is only appropriate that it has a Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha) in the premise.

On the same platform … one can see the sea!

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There were a lot of people that went all the way to the bottom to take a photo of the waters and the temples …

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Finally making my way to the temple complex!  They were doing a lot of construction …

 

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The main complex we see today is actually from 1970 and they tried their best to use the same colors they would normally use for such temples in the past.

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There is another happy buddha, this time closer to land.

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The highest statue is the Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha).  You have to go up a flight of stairs to arrive here.

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The top also has a great view of the waters!  I am not sure what the rocks from behind are … stupa?

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There are some statues at the back too … unsure what they are .. perhaps they are guardians.

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Finally, there is the Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum inside in a cave.  Due to time, I couldn’t get a good picture.

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Back outside is also path into the forest.   If I had more time, I would totally go in …

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Back on the bus for another hour so we can get lunch …

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