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Tongdosa Temple

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Address: 583 Jisan-ri, Habuk-myeon, Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
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History and sights all in one place Stunning!!!!

To get here you can walk, drive, taxi or take a bus (then a 20 minuite walk approx). The temple is set in some fantastic landscape with forest, rivers and paths. Really is a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Paul C
Witham, United Kingdom
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Witham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To get here you can walk, drive, taxi or take a bus (then a 20 minuite walk approx). The temple is set in some fantastic landscape with forest, rivers and paths. Really is a tranquil place. I am not religious but even I admit I was impressed with this place. What gets me is that entrance is free, something other... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning. Hiking up the Yeongnam Alps to visit the largest zen Buddhist monastic complex in South Korea and the Buddha relics are preserved in several of the stupas. Reminded me of Ragjir/Vultures peak which I visited on my pilgrimage in India last year!!! We also wandered deep into the mountain forest following the foot tracks to the top and... More 

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Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

To get to the temple you need to do a little walking or have a car. No buses go to the actual temple.it was about a 20 minute walk from the entrance (which cost 3000 won to enter, or I was just stupid and paid and didn't need to.) there are many areas and temples to see and well worth... More 

Thank Timorhy P
Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Located in southern part of Mt. Chiseosan, Tongdosa Temple is famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple. This is because the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved here. The name 'Tongdosa' was named after the belief that mankind can be saved through Buddhism. After Monk Ja-Jang brought the shrines of Buddha from Dang China, Tongdosa Temple... More 

Thank 이형건
Trinidad and Tobago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

The temple is famous for relics from Buddha, apparently the diamond shaped square which is not accessible as of today, holds a very small pieve of Buddha. Post his death. Its a key temple. Liked the fact that it seems to hold many monks and its also quite accessible, lots of open doors and pagodas etc. Worth a visit

Thank FOL-1003
South Korea
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Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

One of the finest temples in the area. Excellent scenery and easy access with good parking. At the time of going, vehicular entramce was 5,000 korean won. Access to the mountains and good walks. Excellent architecture and open access to the buddhist temple and village.

1 Thank Andrew H
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

The temple complex is large and has Budda relics, The setting is stunning and we were fortunate to be there for the end of day show of drums and gongs performed by the monks. Best temple experience of my visit. it is also the largest temple complex in Korea. Well worth the visit. The buildings have been restored and brilliant... More 

2 Thank kathrnjd
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

The Tongdosa temple is one of the most beautiful temples we have ever visited (and we have been all over the world). The history is astounding, since it was the only, or one of the only, temples that survived the Japanese invasion. Most other temples were unfortunately burnt down by the Japanese. The conservation effort that has gone into this... More 

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Mount Holly, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 November 2014

Learned more about the history and culture and basis of Buddhism in South Korea. To observe the way the monks lived and worked was an interesting insight into their lives.

1 Thank RJCundiff
Busan, South Korea
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This temple is one of Korea's three jewel temples. Easy enough to get to (close to Sinpyeong or Tongdosa bus terminal), once through the main gate ($2-3 entrance fee) enjoy about a 1.5 km walk along a beautiful path next to a small river that leads to the temple. Beautiful bridges, mountains, walking paths, and hiking trails surround the area.... More 

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