Happy birthday, Buddha!

In Korea, today is a public holiday celebrating Buddha’s birthday so I thought I would take some time out to wish him a very happy birthday!

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Photo taken at Haedong Yonggung Temple in Busan, South Korea

Yonggungsa Temple – Part 1

Sunday, March 13

Visiting the Yonggungsa Temple has been one of the highlights of my short time here in Korea. The great thing about this temple is that it’s situated right beside the sea. Most temples are nestled high up in the mountains and require a hike to get to them, but this temple was just a 20 minute taxi ride from Haeundae Beach.

Once we were dropped off by the taxi, we had a short walk to the temple. The walkway was lined with vendors selling food and gifts. There were also lots of statues along the path. I hope us wanting to pose with everything along the way wasn’t offensive, as this was a Buddhist temple.

Once we finally got to the temple, we were struck by its¬†magnificence. It was gorgeous and there’s no way I could ever do it justice with my words so I’ll just show you LOTS of pictures instead.

* You can click on any picture in this post to see the full size image *

I’ll leave you with a¬†cliffhanger. Come back tomorrow to see what crazy thing we all did as we were leaving the temple. I never would have done this on my own, but peer pressure got the best of me….