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“Quiet and serene place deep in the mountain”
Review of Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Not sure if there are times when this place is swamped by tourist and worshipper, while we were here it was all quiet charm. Surrounded by mountains built along a gentle slope, the temple is consisted of several separated wooden buildings, some must have been hundreds of year old, some just newly refurbished but it's obvious that it's going under makeover, constructions are going on. To get here you take subway line 1 to Beomeosa station exit 5, immediately climbing out of the stair turn around and look behind, there is a small sign board pointing the direction of the temple beside a street, take a short walk up the street to the bus terminal and take bus no.90, it will take you up to the temple's entrance. Bus no.90 runs in loop (it doesn't go back down the way it came up) just board the bus at where you get off and it returns to the terminal. The beauty of this place I guess is the oak trees that grow all over the mountain, come spring time when they are cover with leaves, it must be beautiful. As we were here during winter, we only get to see the barren mountain. There is a trail right beside the temple on your left, it is leading to the Geumjeongsan fortress nearest of which is the north gate. It will take quite some climbing to get up there but fortunately the trail is well constructed with rocky steps. we walk up the trail to where the snow start and it became difficult to go on, because the snow had melted into ice on the rocky trail from the previous day stomping by hikers. we took a rest lying down on a big flat rock in the snow, looking at the sky through empty tree branches, it was getting dark so we decided to return to the temple. I have since book air ticket to come back here again few days after we came home to Malaysia, come spring time I'll be hiking in Beomeosa full bloom mountain.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Some say, the journey is as good as - or better than - the destination. It sounds like a cliche, and yet it is true for me in the case of the hike up (from the foothill) to the Beomeosa Temple in Busan, South Korea.

Busan, the second largest city (and largest PORT city) of South Korea, is home to Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Attraction 2013 Winner - the temple Beomeosa.

The walk up rewards one with the spectacular beauty of the foliage and the surrounding hills. However, as Confucius (Kong Tze) said: A picture paints a thousands words. And that would be one way to appreciate Beomeosa... (Try Googling Youtube for virtual tour of Beomeosa.)

One way to go on this trek is to take Line 1 of the Subway to the Beomeosa Station. After disembarking the train, follow the (brown) road signs to the foothill. From there, it is a 2-and-a-half kilometer trek up the hill. It is an easy walk on a well paved road. However, be mindful of the vehicles going up the hill.

The Beomeosa Temple is quite a spectacle.

However, the surroundings are equally just as spectacular - and perhaps could be better appreciated with a climb.

Note: If a walk up is out of the question, one could take Bus No.90 up to the temple, and down.

Thank pgyeoh
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Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

A must to visit if you are in Busan during autumn. I was there in the morning and it was freezing. The temple was not crowded thus I had a great time listening to the gong, the chanting and the rustling of the leaves. Felt so peaceful. Facing the main road, on the laft of the temple is a parking lot. Follow the ramp up and that will lead you to trail all the way up the hill. You can see the city and a river snaking round the mountain. It is a 2.2 km uphill, take your time. It is rather rewarding.

Thank sole_trekker
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

One of the more impressive sights we saw on a 3-week trip to S. Korea and Japan. The setting is spectacular with beautiful views into the mountains from many vantage points. The various buildings in the complex are beautifully situated and each very interesting in their own right. The wooded area on the walk up to the main Temple is gorgeous with interesting vegitation and streams running through. There is a small but interesting museum with related artifacts. We asked for an English tour but needed 5 people and only had 2. We used a ipod instead which worked well. When we returned the ipod, Wayne, the English guide asked us in for tea. He was a great guy who gave us some interesting background on Busan and Korea in general. The temple is easily accessible via subway and a connecting bus.

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Lovely place to visit. The temple buildings have largely been rebuilt recently but have been beautifully done and there are a number of Korean national treasures to see.

It is very peaceful set up in the hills surrounded by woods and with lovely views. There weren't many other people there when we visited which added to the experience.

It is quite easy to get to using the metro and then the bus which runs on a circular route to the temple.

Thank TheHolidayQueen
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