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Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple, Pusan, South Korea
photo, courtesy KNTO
Cost: W1000; children W500 (under 14) ; W700 (14-19)
One of the many Buddhist temples in South Korea, Beomeosa Temple (Pomosa, in the old transliteration into western alphabet) in Pusan (Busan) is about 1,300 years old.
It was built in the 18th year (AD 678) of King Munmu of the Silla Kingdom's reign (AD661-681) by the monk Ui Sang. The origin was described in the geography book Donggukyeojiseungram as "There is a well on the top of Mt Geumjeongsan and the water of that well is gold. The golden fish in the well rode the colorful clouds and came down from the sky. This is why the mountain is named Geumsaem (gold well) and the temple is named 'fish from heaven.'"

Destroyed during the 1592 Japanese invasion, the temple was restored in 1713.

The temple displays various styles from the site's history, including work by Daeungjeon, one of the most distinctive architects from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-ų1910) alongside Iljumun, the ninth-century three-story pagoda with four pillars and seven royal palaces, pavilions, three gates, and eleven hermitages.

In May, particularly, the valley is at its most beautiful, with the wisteria woods in full flower.
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