Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple means the temple of heavenly fish. It is said that a gold fish came from the sky and settled on the well on top of Mount Geumjeongsan.

The original temple was built 1,300 years ago until it was lost during the Japanese invasion in 1592. It was renovated in 1713 and became one of the most delicate architectures in the Joseon era.

We took the subway from Busan Station to the Beomeosa stop and made another bus transfer that would take us to the entrance of the Temple. It was the first week of April and spring is evident on the trees outside the temple.

Walking through the long path to the temple. It is noticeably peaceful and calm in here.

The multiple stelae along the path were commemorative ancient inscriptions on top the turtle (often a symbol of longevity) and the dragon that serves its protector.

Before walking through the gates, you will pass the statue of the Four Heavenly Kings, they were the Buddhist gods that protects and oversees one cardinal direction. The photo below is one of them.

One of the many pavilions on the temple grounds. Some of them were well maintained and some not as I see some work getting done on some roofs of the pavilion.

This was one of the pavilion that need maintenance. The temple accepts donations and would let you write your prayer (or your name) on one of the tile roofs.

Beomeosa Temple is also one of the eight complexes for monastic training facility.

We happened to stop by and hear some of the prayer chants for the day.

An ancient water well under the large rock. I tried to wash my hands on the well and the water was ice cold.

After the walking up the stairs, we head our way back down to catch the bus back to the subway stop.

We didn't spend much time here at Beomeosa Temple since we were pressed for time. We still have to catch the bus to Gyeongju and take the KTX back to Seoul.

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