The most beautiful temples in Korea for tired feet

The most beautiful temples in Korea will show you another look at Jeju Island, kimchi dishes or glittering idols.

Buddhist temples represent a rich cultural heritage and are an important part of Korean history. Enjoying the natural beauty, finding a quiet refuge for meditation or seeking peace are the things that tourists  look for when coming to these most beautiful temples in Korea .

Manggyeongsa Temple

Manggyeongsa Temple is fanciful in winter.

Manggyeongsa Temple is located on the top of Mount Taebaek, Korea at an altitude of 1,460m. Legend has it that a stone statue of the Bodhisattva of wisdom appeared at the site of Manggyeongsa temple at that time without knowing where it originated. When Jajang, a monk in the Shilla Dynasty (from 57 BC to 935 AD), heard of it, he came here and built the temple to preserve and worship the Bodhisattva statue. Slap this. Dragon Stream near the entrance to the temple is the highest stream in Korea.

Address: Hyeol-dong, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do

Taeansa Temple

Taeansa Temple in the fall. 

Taeansa Temple, located at the foot of Dongrisan Mountain, was founded by 3 Seon monks in the first year of the Shilla Dynasty. It was originally called Daeansa Temple, later renamed Taesansa. Taeansa Temple is famous for nine items, including a conch designated as a National Cultural Treasure. 

The 1.8km long valley leads up to Taeansa Temple, which owns a beautiful landscape all four seasons. It is covered with a tender green in spring, dense trees in summer, bright red foliage in autumn, and snow white in winter. Plus the fresh, peaceful air ... this is a temple worth exploring when traveling to Korea .

Address: 622-2km15 Taean-ro, Jukgok-myeon, Goksung-gun, Jeollanam-do


Ancient order Naejangsa

Ancient order Naejangsa. 

Naejangsa Temple is located in the middle of Naejangsan National Park, founded in 636 of the Baekje Dynasty by the Zen master Yeongeun. This ancient temple has a very large scale, besides the main hall there are more than 50 buildings and temples as well as monasteries. Naejangsa has a picturesque landscape, especially in autumn when Naejangsan Mountain turns crimson with falling leaves on the ground, is one of the most beautiful temples in Korea and attracts many visitors. From the four directions to the scene.

Address: 1253 Naejangsan-ro, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do

Daejeonsa Temple

Daejeonsa is considered the national treasure of Korea. Photo: Korea Tourism Bureau

Right inside the entrance to Juwangsan National Park is a quaint Daejeonsa temple located right behind a cliff, surrounded by the majestic, serene Juwang mountain range. The temple was built by Great Master Uisang in the 12th year of KingShilla Munmu and named after the king's son. The temple was destroyed by Japanese invaders during the Imjin War and then rebuilt in 1672, the 13th year of King Hyeonjongs' reign. The pagoda is an interesting destination for those traveling to Korea who  want to experience mountain trekking and spectacular views of forests, rivers, waterfalls and more.

Address: 226 Gongwon-gil, Budong-myeon, Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Cheongpyeongsa Temple

Cheongpyeongsa Temple

Cheongpyeongsa Temple is located on the beautiful misty slopes of Obongsan, 10 minutes by ferry ride from Soyang Lake ferry terminal. The temple was built in 973 under King Gwangjong of the Goryeo Dynasty. Then a general with the Lee surname retreated here to create a vast garden near Cheongpyeongsa Temple. The trapezoidal stone walls surrounding the garden combine with the water from the valley to form a pond that reflects the image of Obongsan Mountain. Near Cheongpyeongsa Temple is the Cheongpyeongsa Valley, known for its clear, clear water and Guseong waterfall, which are rumored to make nine different sounds.

Address: 674 Cheongpyeong 1 ri, Buksan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

Beopjusa Temple

Giant golden Buddha statue at Beopjusa temple.

Beopjusa Temple is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. The temple is located in the basin of Songnisan Mountain, completely separated from the surrounding world, providing absolute peace of mind, is an ideal destination for tourists. spiritual calendar . Coming to Beopjusa, visitors can admire a giant 33m-high golden Buddha statue lying horizontally amidst the clear blue sky, five-story wooden pagoda, Daeungbojeon - one of the three major Buddhist halls in Korea, the fountain with Stone lotus flower, ... If you travel to Korea on the right day of the Buddha's birth, you will see thousands of colorful lanterns at Beopjusa. In addition, visitors can see many ancient treasures worth more than 1,500 years of history.

Address: 405 Beopjusa-ro, Sokrisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do

Gangcheonsa Temple

The green scenery at Gangcheonsa temple. Photo: CNN.

Gangcheonsa Temple was built in 1316, consists of 5 floors of stone, over the years the pagoda has been restored many times, but still retains the classic beauty as before. This "small" temple can accommodate up to 1,000 monks. Tourists come to Gangcheonsa, in addition to visiting temples, they can also explore and admire many nearby attractive destinations such as the fortress on Geumseong Mountain, Yongso Waterfall, Gangcheon Lake, Damyang Lake and Naejang National Park. .

Address: 270 Gangcheonsan-gil, Paldeok-myeon, Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do

Buseoksa Temple

Buseoksa Temple is a great destination of any season of the year

Buseoksa Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Korea located near Mt. Bonghwang in Buseok-myeon, Yeongju City, Gyeongsangbuk-do, was founded by the famous scholar Uisang in 676, Munmu's 16th year in Silla. Buseoksa Temple is also known as "Temple of the floating stone".

Buseoksa Temple is a place to keep many national treasures, including: stone lanterns, Josadang temples, Buddhist woodblock prints, ... There is also the very famous Muryangsajeon Hall, which is one of The oldest wooden structure remains in Korea. The mural in Josadang Temple is also the oldest wooden mural. The view around the temple is beautiful throughout the 4 seasons, will be a great destination for your Korean trip .

Address: 148 Bukji-ri, Busuk-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Cheoneunsa Temple

Cheoneunsa Temple is ancient and quiet. Photo: CNN

Cheoneunsa is one of the three largest temples on Mount Jiri. There is an interesting legend about Cheonunsa Temple. When Japan invaded Korea more than 400 years ago, the temple collapsed in a fire. When the people rebuilt this temple, they killed a large snake that usually appeared by the stream bank and from there the water from the stream no longer flows. So they changed the temple's name to Cheoneunsa, which means hidden spring. Since then, mysterious fires have continued. Upon hearing this news, Lee guang-sa, one of Korea's four most famous calligraphers, wrote the words 'Jirisan Mountain Cheoneunsa' on a framed board and hung it at the gate. Since then, the temple has not burned any more.

Address: 209 Nogodan-ro, Gwangui-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do

Geumsansa Temple

Geumsansa Temple is located quietly at the foothills west of Moaksan. Photo: Flickr

Geumsansa temple is located quietly at the foothills west of Moaksan. There is Gyeryongsan Mountain, Moaksan (called Mother Mountain). Its shape resembles a mother holding her baby. This is the cradle of many different indigenous religious cultures.

Geumsansa Temple is the place to keep the most treasures of Korean Buddhism. Among them are stone pagodas, stone lanterns and large beautiful lotuses. Here visitors have the opportunity to see all these beautiful scenes. Indeed, it is a very big shortcoming if you discover the most beautiful temples in Korea but ignore Geumsansa.

Address: Geumsan-ri, Geumsan-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do

Golgulsa Temple

Golgulsa Temple is located at the foot of Mount Hamwol.

Located at the foot of Hamwolsan Mountain, Golgulsa Temple owns 12 caves in a high cliff with a Buddha statue carved in stone at the highest position. The caves are connected by a steep staircase that follows a cliff. The Buddha statue lying on the top of the cliff is listed in the list of National Treasures with a height of 4m, width of 2.2m. Golgulsa Temple offers training programs as well as temple experience programs for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Address: 304-1 San Andong-ri, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple was recognized by UNESCO in 1995. Photo: Wiki

Bulguksa Temple is a representative relic of Buddhist culture from the Shilla dynasty. The temple was built in 528 BC during the 15th year of King Beop-heung's reign (514-540) to wish peace and prosperity for all. Unfortunately, the temple caught fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598). After the war, the pagoda suffered serious damage and was often the target of theft. Starting in 1920, the pagoda has been continuously restored. Bulguksa currently preserves 7 national treasures, some additional important heritage and was recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 1995.

Bulguksa Temple is located on the slopes of Mount Tohamsa, about 16km southeast of downtown Gyeongju. Bulguksa Temple is located in a special location, each season and time of year has its own characteristics and attractions.

Address: 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Hyangiram Temple

Hyangiram Pagoda is located close to the mountain overlooking the sea.

Hyangiram is one of the most beautiful temples on the south coast of Korea. The pagoda was built by the famous Buddhist monk Wonhyo in 644, the fourth year of King Uija of the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC-660 AD).

Hyangiram, literally means "watching the sun". As the name implies, the temple is leaning against the mountain, facing the sea in front, giving it a unique terrain. The road to the temple is quite steep, but visitors from the cross still come every year, looking forward to admiring the 500-year-old camellia tree located on the top of the mountain as well as the sunrise on the coast.

Address: 60 Hyangilam-ro, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do

Gagwonsa Temple

The largest Buddha statue in Asia at Gagwonsa Temple

Gagwonsa Temple is located on the way to Mount Taejosan. As a large Buddhist temple in Korea, Gagwonsa is famous for the largest bronze Buddha statue in Asia. The statue is 15 meters high, and the ears and nails are 1.75 meters and 30cm long, respectively.

Surrounded by pure nature and luxuriant trees, each season Gagwonsa brings its own beauty. Sometimes it is yellow, red when autumn comes, sometimes it is covered with the pristine white of white snow.

Address: 245 Gagwonsa-gil, Anseo-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do

Haedong Yonggung Temple

Haedong Younggung Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Korea.

Haedong Younggungsa is one of the most beautiful temples in Korea  built in 1376 during the Cao Ly Dynasty, during which Buddhism was considered the State religion and greatly influenced people's lives. The pagoda is very sacred, especially those who sincerely pray.

On the path to the temple, Korean tourists will see 12 Gods of the Armor representing human destiny, in addition to the two side dragons with the meaning of performing the task of guarding and protecting the Buddha. . From the temple entrance to the Holy Palace, visitors will step through exactly 108 stone steps and a half-moon bridge instead of the afflictions that people will have to experience before coming to the Buddha's realm.

Address: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan


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