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Dohak-dong,Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
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Ranked #1 of 90 attractions in Daegu
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've been to Donghwasa a handful of times since August and every time I find something new and wonderful. In May it was the lateen festival. The area was filled with paper lanterns and displays. I love hiking the trails, visiting the temples and museum, and riding the cable car. Easily accessed by bus (the rapid 1 drops visitors off... More

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Lexington, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We visited this temple on Buddha's birthday and it really had a festival atmosphere about it that we enjoyed. You could craft a lotus lantern out of Dixie cups and silk petals and there were large lanterns around for viewing. We rode the bus from Daegu and it is a steady uphill climb to reach the temple. If you have... More

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Daegu, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Donghwasa is a Shilla Dynasty temple with a long history established in 493 AD. Highly recommend seeing this Temple if your in Daegu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

What an amazing temple. The lanterns were a great highlight. Easy to get to by No. 1 Red bus. Small walk up the hill but well worth the visit.

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Daegu, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

As a new resident here in Daegu, thank you Tripadvisors for encouraging this newbie to visit this beautiful place on a recent lazy Sunday afternoon. And thank you for advice about how easy it is to get to Donghwasa. Take exit 3 from the Ayanggyo subway station, jump on the red Express # 1 bus, swipe the bus card, and,... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This local temple is famous nationwide and I enjoyed walking around. The night sky views are gorgeous. you'll see numerous stars at night. I participated in their temple stay program for 2 nights 3 days. I personally don't want to recommend to foreginners. One of buddhist priests who engaged in the program to educate participants was a total jerk and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A pretty decent temple, as far as Korean temples go. Located at the bottom of Palgong Mountain, the jewel in Donghwasa's crown is the enormous stone buddha. While parts of the temple complex were first built in the year 493, the big stone buddha that most people come to see was only built in the early 1990s, I believe. For... More

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Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were simply enchanted by all the natural beauty of the mountain. There were amazing structures to see and experience: the large Buddha sculpture, the beautiful temple, hundreds of colourful paper lanterns, and of course Monks. I'd love to go back and stay there for a whole day at least. We were on a large tour so we only stayed... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We stayed there for a night in the temple stay program. It's expensive, the food included is mediocre and we got a feeling that it's a bit artificial. For example, the rules seem to be made for tourists, like you have to wash your dishes after eating, although only tourists actually do it; you have to bow when you meet... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It's a huge complex and you can wander around for quite some time, there is also a cable car not too far and you can combine the experience with a hiking tour. Although I thought Haensa temple was more interesting due to its history this one is definitely worth visiting

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