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A beautiful and serene Temple near Busan

Tongdosa is beautiful. It is a way out of Busan, but well worth the visit. There are no statues... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
London, United Kingdom

Tongdosa is one of the 3 major Temples in Korea Because the Real Shrines of BUDDHA are Preserved... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Phoenix, Arizona
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
108, Tongdosa-ro, Habuk-myeon, Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do 50501, South Korea
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Tongdosa is beautiful. It is a way out of Busan, but well worth the visit. There are no statues of Buddha, but there is a special picture. The Temple houses relics and is a major Buddhist place of worship.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Tongdosa is one of the 3 major Temples in Korea Because the Real Shrines of BUDDHA are Preserved there.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

Tongdosa can be reached by a 30 mins bus ride (from the Nopo metro / train station at the northern outskirt of Busan) plus 30 mins very pleasant stroll from the bus stop. It isn't mentioned by most tourist information brochures / sheets / maps...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

More than 1,000 years old, the temple contains the history of Buddhism. Plenty of monks, buildings, statutes, springs and scent of nature you can enjoy. Interested? I recommend it is the place you should visit if you want to know Korea. The location, close to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank wonyoungc1
Reviewed 4 January 2018

It's a really big and interesting temple complex, but the most interesting is that you can get into the park with your car and you can drive through the whole park, from one temple to the other. The nature inside the park is, at least,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Thanos F
Reviewed 2 April 2017

To get here you can walk, drive, taxi or take a bus (then a 20 minuite walk approx). The temple is set in some fantastic landscape with forest, rivers and paths. Really is a tranquil place. I am not religious but even I admit I...More

Date of experience: April 2017
4  Thank Paul C
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning. Hiking up the Yeongnam Alps to visit the largest zen Buddhist monastic complex in South Korea and the Buddha relics are preserved in several of the stupas. Reminded me of Ragjir/Vultures peak which I visited on my pilgrimage in India last year!!! We...More

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank LondonglobetrotterJ
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

To get to the temple you need to do a little walking or have a car. No buses go to the actual temple.it was about a 20 minute walk from the entrance (which cost 3000 won to enter, or I was just stupid and paid...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Timorhy P
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Located in southern part of Mt. Chiseosan, Tongdosa Temple is famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple. This is because the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved here. The name 'Tongdosa' was named after the belief that mankind can be saved...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank Venture806971
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

The temple is famous for relics from Buddha, apparently the diamond shaped square which is not accessible as of today, holds a very small pieve of Buddha. Post his death. Its a key temple. Liked the fact that it seems to hold many monks and...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Martin T
27 March 2016|
Response from Andrew H | Reviewed this property |
There are quite a few hotels in Tongdosa as it has a theme park nearby, but I have not tried any as I live in Ulsan wich is just more than one hours drive away. Busan (the second largest city of South Korea) is nearby. It... More