Saturday, July 5, 2014

How to go to Beomeosa Temple?

Beomeosa Temple is one of the temples in Busan, South Korea located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan which is a famous mountain in Busan. The architecture of it is one of the most delicate and luxurious as it is an art all the way from Josen Dynasty between 1392 to 1910. When I visited Busan, Beomeosa Temple is on top of the must visit place aside from the beaches and seafood market. It is also part of my personal list when visiting Busan.

How to get there?

Ride subway and alight at Beomeosa Line 1 Exit 5. Look for the Beomeosa Temple sign and go to that direction. To your right after the MRT exit, there should be an uphill street. Walk for about 3 mins towards a small bus station. Just follow the signs. It will lead you to this station (see photo below).

From Samsin Bus Stop, take No. 90 Bus going up to the temple which will take 10 mins travel time. Be mindful of the next bus stop. You should go down to the Beomeosa Temple station.
The bus will drop you to the entrance of the temple (see photo above). You will need to walk uphill again for 10 mins going up to the temple. 
Address:
546, Cheongryong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan-si 

Operating Hours:
08:30am to 5:30pm 

Admission: FREE! but if you have a car, you need to pay KWN 3,000 for parking

Telephone:
+82-51-1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
For more info: +82-51-508-3636, +82-51-508-5726 (Korean)

FINALLY YOU'RE THERE! Walking up hill is quite a challenge because the pathway is not smooth but the nice trees, river, and fresh breeze will entertain you while you hike.
In the official website of Beomeosa Temple, there are a lot of activities you can do but when we went there, it seems that there are no on-going activities so we just literally visited and prayed inside the temple.

Activities:
• Ceremonial Service (Yebul)
• Talk with a monk
• Zen Meditation (Chamseon)
• 108 Buddhist Beads Threading
• 108 bows
• Tour to hermitages
• Tea Ceremony (Dahdo)
• Community Work (Ulyeok)
• Communal Buddhist Meal Service (Balwoo gongyang)

Inside the temple, there's fresh water flowing from the mountains. We washed our hands there and took a sip for refreshment. When I googled what it was, I found this:

"There is a well on the top of Mt. Geumjeongsan and the water of that well is gold. The golden fish in the well rode the colorful clouds and came down from the sky. This is why the mountain is named Geumsaem (gold well) and the temple is named 'fish from heaven'." 

Verdict:
The temple has beautiful scenery and you can take a lot of pictures and videos going to the temple and also inside temple. Although if you're not fond of temples and don't like to take a lot of pictures, you can skip this. But it's worthwhile to visit this place and you only need to stay for a short time as the temple is very small.
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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips. Also, great photos!

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  2. COOOOOOL BLOG! Very helpful! :D

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  3. Did you eat in the area? Do you have any recommendations for a nice place to eat in the area?

    From the temple, how do you return to Beomosa line? Do I just follow your directions backwards?

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