This temple is a visual masterpiece filled with enchanting contours, colours and contrasts. It begins at the park entrance with an 800m walk through a heavily wooded forest, where patches of sunlight struggle to break through the thick canopy of foliage. Home to female monks, the temple is just beyond a fork in the path that is the starting point for a 6.4km hike up Gajisan.

From Busan's Central Bus Terminal, catch a bus to the small but confusing Eonyang terminal (₩3300, 35 minutes, every 20 minutes) and buy a ticket for Seoknam-sa (bus 1713, ₩2000, 20 minutes, every 15 to 30 minutes). On the way back, bus 807 is another option to Eonyang (₩1200, every 15 to 30 minutes). It stops outside the bus terminal.

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1. Tongdo-sa Museum

9.11 MILES

This museum inside the Tongdo-sa compound houses a collection of Buddhist paintings with limited viewing hours (9am to 11.30am and 1pm to 5pm) to minimise…

2. Tongdo-sa

9.18 MILES

Tongdo-sa is noted for a sari, a crystalline substance thought to develop inside the body of a pure monk. The sari is enshrined in a fenced area and…

4. Sinseon-sa

12.53 MILES

This temple in Songseon-ri near the top of Danseok-san (827m) was used as a base by General Kim Yu-shin in the 7th century. The temple is home to the…

5. Yongjangsaji

15.23 MILES

At this temple you can view a seated Buddha image carved in stone and a three-storey stone pagoda.

6. Bokdu-am Hermitage

15.25 MILES

Close to the summit of the thickly forested Obong-san (640m), Bokdu-am features a huge rock face out of which 19 niches have been carved. The three…

7. Chilbul-am

15.34 MILES

This is Nam-san’s largest relic, with images carved in natural rocks and stone pillars.

8. Samneung

15.77 MILES

The reason to come to this pine grove is to start a hike up Nam-san. On your way up, you may pass the tumuli of three Silla kings. Another tomb, located…