Haedong Yonggungsa


One of the country's few temples situated on the coast, Haedong Yonggung offers spectacular views of the temple grounds and surrounding ocean. Located quite north of the city, it gets congested on the weekends – but the vistas, elaborate altars, and statues of towering zodiac animals and a giant gold Buddha make the venture well worth it.

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