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Seokbulsa Temple

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Address: San 2, Mandeok 1-dong, Buk-gu, Busan, South Korea
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Tricky to find but worth it

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... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Darren H
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Reviewed 16 March 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 expect. If you are following the Lonely Planet guide, you probably have a map that... More 

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Singapore
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Reviewed 12 January 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.

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South Korea
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Reviewed 26 August 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 point in a cable car, then hike less than 5 kms. The temple has carven... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

We went with my parents, and so got the cable car up to the top. After a bit of investigating we found the place, and it was beautiful. I reckon it would be even better at sunrise or sunset. We then hiked down which wasn't a problem!

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Thank Rob A
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Went on a morning hike with girls. It was a bit confusing caz signs are all in Korean. but we met many very helpful uncles and aunties along the way. Took us 2 and a half hours to get to the temple from the cable car. But we were rewarded with the best site ever. Totally tranquil n calming. Worth... More 

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Reviewed 30 May 2016

I did some research before taking the trip to find this temple. I found an article that had pretty good instructions on how to get to the temple if you are hiking from the entrance (which if you do it will take you all day). There is a cable car that goes up one portion of the mountain, if you... More 

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Reviewed 29 May 2016

We took the metro to Oncheonjang Station, went out from exit 1 and walk about 10 mins to the Geumgang Park. There are signages along the way, but I would recommend that you took pictures of the places in Korean words and show that when asking for directions. From the park we took the cable car up to the mountain.... More 

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Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Now if I knew how far it is- I would not go there. But I did not - and we went there with two kids (one per parents shoulders) Started at the top of the cable car Went walking. But it is worth it - MUST do in Busan, make it TOP of your list. Like I have never seen... More 

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Bulacan Province, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016

Seokbulsa is a small and secluded temple located high up in the mountains whose best features are its huge rock carvings and beautiful mountain landscape. I liked it but I don't think I can recommend this to everyone. I got there by getting off at Mandeok Station (Line 3) and hiking for 50 mins all the way up to the... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

I was choosing between this temple and Haedong Yonggung when I came upon a colorful review about this one. The reviewer was very influential, describing the place as "one of the best temples in Asia". It was pretty easy to find based off the simple directions online, but holy mackerel it was exhausting. The climb up was steep and long... More 

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