After hiking through Geumjeong Fortress, I decided to make my way to the hermitage of Seokbulsa.
Once I descended from Nammum, I had to find my way to a windy, steep road going up. Along the road, I met up with some Polish tourists who, like me, were heading up to Seokbulsa. They clearly were not used to hiking, and road was exhausting them (I found the road unpleasant as well). We were all happy we saw what looked like a temple.
And indeed, it was not just a temple, it was our destination, Seokbulsa.
We looked at the bell, the view over Busan, and then went up between the buildings.
Well, this is a bit different from Beomeosa
Now what was up there above the buidings?
*This* is what’s up there.
I went up the stone steps to see if there was anything else. Eventually I reached a closed gate, but I did find this up there.
And of course, I could look down.
Aside from this being a really cool temple which definitely required time to appreciate, I enjoyed talking with one of the young Polish women.
They had been travelling through South Korea for a few weeks, and they were soon leaving. She told me about some of the places they had already been, such as Gyeongju and Jeju island.
It turns out that she can read Korean (not just sound it out, but actually understand some if it). She had been studying Korean for over a year and a half.
She felt like a few weeks was too short a time to be in South Korea, and said she would have to come back. Incidently, she’s also been to Taiwan, and loves Taiwan as well. She said that, of all of the temples she’s seen in South Korea, this one – Seokbulsa – is the best.
So there you have it – a really cool temple, and some really cool Polish women.
If you want to know how to get to this temple, learn more about the rock art, or simply want to see what it looks like in different weather, you can check out Dale’s Korean Temple Adventures.