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“Worth the trip out of the city to see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donghwasa

Donghwasa
Dohak-dong,Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
053-982-0101
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Ranked #1 of 30 Attractions in Daegu
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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San Diego, California
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“Worth the trip out of the city to see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

First of all, don't take a taxi! It costs $25 or so from the city. Take the Red bus for $1.70 (1800 won)

The temples are amazing! Not to mention the budda. Although it is only 21 years old it was extremely awesome to see next to the old temple.

Just so quiet and a step back at everything that is just life.
Try the spring water from the mountain, cold and refreshing.

Visited March 2013
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Daegu, South Korea
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Temples, Mountains and Buddha”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Spend the whole day walking and hiking around and to the temple and enjoy stops by the river. Don't miss one of the largest Buddha Statues in Asia that is said to hold two bones from Buddha himself.

Visited June 2012
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Long Beach, CA
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“Beautiful and serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

The ancient temples and amazing Buddha were fantastic. It is very easy to get here from Daegu on the #1 bus. I highly recommend visiting this site.

Visited November 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Worth the bus ride!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

During my first weekend in Daegu, I was brought here by my best friend, whom I was visiting. The sheer size of the temple, Buddha, and beauty of the compound was breathtaking. I was there in the spring, and on the bus ride to the temple, the street was lined with white flowered trees. I took sooo many pictures while here.

One word of advice though- take hand sanitizer and tissues if you can because the restroom facilities outside of the temple grounds are very 'rustic' and tracitional (no Western toilets.) If you are into fitness, there is also a rock wall outside of the compound that looked to be an enjoyable activity.

Visited October 2011
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Schenectady, NY
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“Biggest Buddah in Korea; large temple site.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Donghwasa Temple is easily gotten to by taking the RapidBus #2 from the Ayanggyo station (2 stops east of DongDaegu station) to almost the end of the line (next to last stop.. it will say "Donghwasa" and is at the top of the hill). First climb the hill to the temple area which is impressive. Then follow the signs down/up another hill (or ask) to visit the large buddah. It is fairly new but is quite impressive as it was put up to hope to reunification of the country.

Visited March 2011
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