Haedong Yonggung Temple (해동 용궁사)
If you only go to one temple in Busan, make it Haedong Yonggung Temple. In contrast to the majority of Korea’s temples, which are nestled in the mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa is situated on the coast, overlooking the Sea of Japan, or the East Sea, as it is called in Korea.
Also referred to as “The Water Temple” for the breathtaking coastal views it offers, Haedong Yonggungsa dates back to 1376, when it was constructed by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong. The three story pagoda is flanked by four lions that represent joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. Visitors should take the walkway of 108 stairs, which is lined by stone lanterns.