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122, Haeinsa-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-Gun, Gyeongsangnam-do 50200 South Korea
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TravelerTrecker wrote a review Jun 2020
Houston644 contributions503 helpful votes
To me, the visit to the temple of Haeinsa was the highlight of my visit to South Korea. We stayed in Korea for 9 days. we dedicated the last day to visit the Temple of Haeinsa. We were at the Park Hyatt in Busan. We took a taxi to the train station (30 minutes) and from there, we took the train to Daegu (45 minutes). In Daegu we visited the tourist office outside the train station. The staff was very friendly and gave us clear instructions on how to reach the Temple of Haeinsa. We took the metro to the bus station (30 minutes) and over there we bought bus tickets to the temple (80 minutes). We arrived by 1200 pm. The bus stopped close to the temple. A lovely lady went inside the bus and sold the tickets to visit the temple (very cheap). The bus drove to the temple entrance and the visit started. The temple is magnificent. The colors are bright! The location is stunning in the middle of the forest! There is nothing around the temple just the forest! It was during the fall; the colors were beautiful! The gates are impressive! The shrines are very well kept and really nice. The most spectacular part is in the top where you will find the shrines of the Korean Tripitaka, the Buddhist cannon. The history is fantastic. You can see the Tripitaka though the windows and a small door that was open when we visited. We visited on a Sunday. We were alone. There were no tours, occasionally we saw independent tourists. We had the temple for ourselves. It was magical just to be alone in such a magnificent place. The weather was perfect with blue skies, warm temperature and minimal humidity. It was mid-September 2019. We had some juice and cookies at the temple; they were delicious and the staff was just lovely. We went back in the same way. You have to take the bus at the bus stop where there is kiosk with the bus schedule. The kiosk is unattended however, at the time of the bus arrival, the ticket seller arrives to sell you the tickets; do not worry if you do not see anybody at the kiosk. We left by 440 pm. Once at the Busan train station, we took the subway to the Park Hyatt (15 minutes walk from the subway station to the hotel). It is a UNESCO site. It is memorable place and time!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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KevanEastYorkshire wrote a review Nov 2019
Hessle, United Kingdom1,016 contributions333 helpful votes
We visited on a Saturday from Daegu using public transport and having read up in advance thought the buses would be very busy. We wer pleasantly surprised how easy the trip from Daegu was although at the time we left the temple it was getting very crowded. We left from the bus station at around 10:00 *cant remember the exact time and the bus was nothing like full. we had to pay for the tickets in won as no cards were accepted (not sure if this was aglitch or usual) again had to pay for the return journey from the temple back to Daegu in cash. Tickets back were bought in the shop near where the bus terminates not at the little kiosk near the start of the walkway up to the temple. Kioask was unmanned. The bus teminus is by shops/cafes about 5 minutes walk further up the road By getting to the temple early although not having it to ourselves by any means.meant there were fewer toursits. Its a short up hill walk to the temple, through woods on a made up pathway so its not too hard. We spent about an hour wandering around, listing to the chanting and the drums and bells. Very relaxing place. You really cannot see the wooden printing blocks however we kindof knew this before we came. As we departed so many people started to arrive, they were quite noisy and the sheer numbers did spoil the tranquility of the temple. Its worth going to but get there early.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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25Irene1234 wrote a review Sep 2019
Seoul, South Korea57 contributions20 helpful votes
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The Haeinsa Temple is home to the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks - the most complete collection of Buddhists texts on 81,350 woodblocks with over 52 million characters.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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AnttilaKarri wrote a review Sep 2019
Riihimaki, Finland58 contributions8 helpful votes
I visited Haeinsa from Seoul and I still think it was well worth the effort. The area and the temple itself are very beautiful and it is rather easy to get there. There's also good trails for hiking nearby.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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kdnm wrote a review Jun 2019
Omaha, Nebraska191 contributions7 helpful votes
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This is an easy day trip from Daegu if you don't want to do a temple stay. First go to the tourist info and get the time schedule for the bus. They are very helpful. From the subway stop, you go back around the elevator to the bus terminal. The cost 1 way was 8,100 won. They didn't take CC. The trip is easy, you will need an additional 3,000 won for the national Park ticket. When you get to the gate of the park, someone will check tickets and you can buy one. Then the first stop after this is the temple stop. You will need to give your ticket to the driver as you exit the bus. I didn't go to Haeinsa. Before leaving the stop, check the return times. There are some stores in the way up and a Cafe part way up as well. They wooden books are at the back of the temple. Worth the hike up. Just before the bus comes, a woman came out and I purchased a return ticket, again cash.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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