More reminiscent of the temples of Thailand than Korea, Manbulsa is without a doubt one of the most unique temples on the peninsula. The jewel of the temple is its breathtaking lantern tower, which is adorned with three golden spires and a seemingly infinite number of miniature Buddhas. At the base of the lantern tower are stone statues of babies wearing red caps and holding small offerings of candy. Parents who have lost a child pay for these statues in an effort to offset negative karma.
Other highlights of Manbulsa include its three-story pagoda, the 33 m (108 ft) tall golden Amita Buddha and a maze bedecked with Buddhist scriptures on golden rolls. It is believed that spinning these rolls will help get rid of bad karma.
Address and phone number: San 46, Gogi-ri, Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, +82-53-217-0101