Over at the east coast there's a great selection of places to visit. Among these is Naksan Temple. It's set on the edge of the ocean near to Yangyang. There's fantastic architecture combined great views out to sea. Walking around the temple with the fresh sea breeze feels great. It's the kind of tranquility that you just don't find in Seoul.
The temple was originally founded during the reign of King Munmu. Much of the temple was destroyed by a fire in 2005 but has been restored fantastically. There are however some things which remained unharmed by the fire such as a stone arch built in 1467 during the reign of King Sejo.
|The main building at the temple has ornate statues inside.|
|The bronze bell on-site dates back to 1469.|
Despite the rain we had a lovely time strolling around the temple grounds and taking in the sights. It's by far one of the more picturesque temples I have visited in Korea thus far.
This seven-story pagoda was said to be constructed during the reign of King Sejo also.
Sadly I can't tell you what this dude does but he had three friends who were all equally intimidating.
Far less intimidating was this Praying Mantis we came across who quite literally appeared to be stood praying in one of the temples' archways.
The temple is positioned in spacious grounds. You can wander around the gardens and up the hillside where you can take in the beautiful ocean views.
If you make the trip to the east coast I would highly recommend making a visit to this Temple. It is free of charge to enter and is open from sunrise to sunset.
The temple also runs a 'Temple Stay' program which you can find more information about via the Templestay website.
So now you've seen the pictures and quite a lot of them for that matter maybe you'll want to go see it in person with your own eyes.
How to get to Naksan Temple.
From either the Yangyang or the Sokcho intercity bus terminals, take bus no. 9 or 9-1 and get off at Naksansa. It takes about 10 minutes from Yangyang. It's longer from Sokcho.
If you're going by car then you need to take the road number 7 from Yangyang to Naksan Beach. You will see sign posts.
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