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Favorite Temple in South Korea

My husband and I spent 6 long months working in South Korea. During our time off we often visit... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii
Unique Stone Carvings- Worth a visit

Seokbulsa is small but different than other temples in Busan due to the huge stone carvings behind... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

My husband and I spent 6 long months working in South Korea. During our time off we often visit temples and this by far our favorite. It is a little difficult to locate, but not too bad considering we didn't know the language and were...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Seokbulsa is small but different than other temples in Busan due to the huge stone carvings behind the temple. Certainly worth checking out. You can come most of the way by vehicle or you can hike from the Fortress if you want to combine the...More

1  Thank Tammy2124
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

The most beautiful temple I've seen in Korea! Most authentic and impressive compared to all those "mambo jambo" touristic temples. Worth the visit in Busan!

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

This place is seldom be mentioned in any guidebook in Asia. I just found this place accidentally through a news website. Before visiting this place, my husband n I found there r lots of routs to go to the temple on the internet. So we...More

Thank n21098
Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

I visited the Seokbulsa temple with some friends and we were all impressed. We parked about 1km down the mountain across from a little cafe which was very nice, the owner provided amazing service. The hike up to the temple was a good little cardio...More

1  Thank Aaron M
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Seokbulsa literally means Stone-Buddha-Temple which is an adequate name for this comparatively small but beautiful temple on a slope of the Geumjeongsan. There are many descriptions of the tricky hiking route through the mountains, but there is no temple anywhere in Korea which is not...More

3  Thank japanfan2016
Reviewed October 14, 2017

Really enjoyed the beautiful walk from the top of the cable car to this temple with its cliff rock carvings and beautiful buildings. Instead of backtracking, we kept heading downhill to the Mandeok metro station, easy to find all of these walks on Maps.Me

1  Thank TimTheCurious
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. Small but worth the hike. Think along the lines of Petra with figures carved into the natural rock. Very unlike the big temple sites we've seen in Seoul or Sokcho it breaks the mould of what we had come to...More

1  Thank Darren H
Reviewed January 12, 2017

Interesting temple with sculptures made from the rocks. Highly recommended but require a certain level of fitness as the route near the temple is very steep up sloped.

Thank NeoET
Reviewed August 26, 2016

People choose to go to the Sea Temple, that I personally, do not fin spectacular. For me, the Seokbulsa Temple, is more beautiful, but perhaps because is in the middle of the mountain, with view of the city. Also, you can go to a certain...More

1  Thank kerycruz
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cheryl d
April 7, 2018|
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Response from Aaron M | Reviewed this property |
There is parking within about 5-10 minutes from the main entrance. My friends and I parked farther away and enjoyed the hike. We parked at the coffee shop on the left going up the mountain. It was good coffee also with a... More
August 28, 2016|
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Response from Zelikin | Reviewed this property |
yeah it's not easy. we walked all the way down to the highway and got a cab - which can easily be an hour walk if not more. perhaps get a phone No and order a cab - might work ?
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Response from love2knit23 | Reviewed this property |
You should check out Haedong Yonggungsa (해동용궁사) Temple if you have time! It's a gorgeous large temple by the sea. I was actually more impressed with this temple than I was by Seokbulsa but since it is more popular there... More