Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Busan

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Busan

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is located in the north-east of Busan. The Buddhist temple was built beside the shore which is quite unique as most temples are built in the mountains. The temple has a long history which dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty in 1376. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was destroyed during the Japanese Occupation of Korea. The temple was reconstructed in 1970 and the utmost care was taken using the original colours and designs.

The temple is located on rocks that are facing the ocean. Scattered around the temple you will see many different statues, sculptures and a stone pagoda. There are also four statues of lions which represent joy, anger, sadness and happiness.

Many people visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple on New Year’s Day to pray for their families wellbeing and to get a glimpse of the first sunrise of the year. In March / April many events are held for Buddha’s Birthday and the temple is covered with lanterns.

Opening Hours / Admission

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is open from 04:00 am – 19:00 pm everyday of the year.


Free to all.

How to get to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple:

Take line 2 to Haeundae station and leave exit 7. Get on bus 181 and get off at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

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