Busan Sights- Beomeosa Temple

The second featured temple in Busan after Haedong Yonggungsa, is the Beomeosa Temple, built on the slopes of Geumjeongsan, and is one of the country’s most known urban temples. Easily accessible by metro, you can reach the temple by taking Busan Subway Line 1 to either Beomeosa Station or Nopo Station at the northern point of the line. From either station, more walking required from Beomeosa Station, you can catch the #90 bus to reach the entrance of the temple. Alternatively, it’s about a 3 km walk uphill.

In the warmer months, families and older people generally visit the temple grounds and the nature scenery surrounding it. Cool breezes and small streams of water helps you cool off from the heat. Also a great place for a picnic, Korean style. Admission to the temple is free, and additionally, we were notified by other visitors of a free lunch, Bibimbap, served in the food building with monks and other visitors. Self serve and clean-up required and expected. The temple itself blends quite beautifully with the mountain sides and trees. Near the food building, is a small bamboo forest, doesn’t compare to the ones I have seen in Japan, but still nice nonetheless.