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Naksansa Temple, Yangyang-gun

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#1 of 32 in Historic Sites in Gangwon-do
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One of the eight greatest scenic areas in the east of Korea, Naksansa Temple has served for centuries as a place of prayer and meditation in pristine natural surroundings. Situated on top of the mountain of the same name, it was built thanks to a Buddhist monk who, after a several days’ meditation, claimed he had seen a goddess who told him to erect a temple there. The spot where he used to meditate now houses a pavilion. Take a walk around the temple and enjoy the view of the sea and the coastline. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Naksansa Temple by using our Yangyang-gun online road trip planner.
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  • The views here are fantastic!!! Temple is really big so you would need at least an hour to look around but it is really worth it!!! The views are breathaking! You must visit if you are in Yang Yang... 
    The views here are fantastic!!! Temple is really big so you would need at least an hour to look around but it is really worth it!!! The views are breathaking! You must visit if you are in Yang Yang...  more »
  • I’ve been to Naksansa Temple twice, one in the summer and once in the autumn and been beautiful both times. Lovely paths to the buildings and then out to the cliffs overlooking the sea. A must visit.....  more
    I’ve been to Naksansa Temple twice, one in the summer and once in the autumn and been beautiful both times. Lovely paths to the buildings and then out to the cliffs overlooking the sea. A must visit.....  more »
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  • Welcome to a buddhist pilgrimage site! There is a small cafe inside the souvenir/gift shop near the entrance that sells all sorts of herbal teas, as well as coffee/espresso drinks, but the downside is that drinks cannot be ordered past 5pm.. When I got here, some parts of the area were undergoing renovation/reconstruction but otherwise a lot of beautiful architecture, a giant stone buddha, Spectacular views of mountain-meets-ocean, an overall nice tourist area for photography manias. Some areas are off-limits mainly because those areas are actual living residences for the monks that take care of the place, I chuckled when a monk in traditional clothing walked by... wearing a brand-name runners... A lot of walking and stairs too but there are gradual ramps as well for wheelchair access and those who hate stairs. Due to covid, a lot of the fountains for natural mountain spring water have been cut off and closed so the public drinking/washing areas were not accessible but that is just a minor setback to the entire experience. Even if one is not religious or is part of a different religion, it is still a good place to take in beautiful scenery, especially at the peak.
  • A beautiful temple good for a walk. A beautiful place where trees, the East Sea, and rocks are in harmony with the temple. Come here when you are tired of swimming in the sea.

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