Donghak-sa is noteworthy for being one of Korea's few nunneries. Just before the temple, look for the trail that leads you on an easy one-hour trek up to the Brother & Sister Pagodas.
Nearby Chungcheongnam-do attractions
1. Brother & Sister Pagodas
These twin Silla-era pagodas are said to represent the brother and sister who founded the original hermitage at Donghak-sa.
2. Gyeryongsan National Park
One of Korea's smallest parks, Gyeryongsan means ‘Rooster Dragon Mountain’ because locals thought the mountain resembled a dragon with a rooster’s head…
Gap-sa's main hall contains three gleaming Buddha statues, while a smaller shrine houses three shamanist deities – Chilseong, Sansin and Dokseong.
This stunning hilltop fortress is a reminder of a time when Gongju (then called Ungjin) was Baekje’s capital. After entering through the grand stone…
5. Ungjin Baekje Historical Museum
At the entrance to the Tomb of King Muryeong, the Ungjin Baekje Historical Museum has historical info and a tourist information centre.
6. Tomb of King Muryeong
The tomb of King Muryeong, the 25th Baekje king, was discovered – miraculously intact and completely by accident – in 1971. The tomb and the six others in…
7. Gongju National Museum
This excellent museum exhibits treasures discovered in the tomb of King Muryeong, including the distinctive gold diadem ornaments that you’ll see images…
8. Sejong Lake Park
This enormous park with a human-made lake was built as a family destination. It's not far from a complex of government buildings.