Daegyeon-sa Temple at Biseul Mountain

published by Devon Furbush





The name Daegyeon is said to mean “seen from China.” During the Unified Silla Dynasty, which lasted from 668 to 935, the emperor of China’s Tang Dynasty came here to establish a temple after he saw heavenly glistening water in a basin nearby. I guess he was so mesmerized by the water that he claimed it could be seen from his home in China. Whatever the case, this temple is definitely in an amazing location; and in the fall season, it makes for a beautiful backdrop.  

I wasn’t able to get a photo of it because I was on the electric trolley bus, but there’s a pile of boulders that flows to the bottom of the mountain. Formed between 10,000 and 80,000 years ago during the Ice Age, this 2 kilometer-long river of boulders is said to be the biggest in the world.

The temple consists of 4 buildings: Seondang, Sanshin-gak, Daegyeonbo-goong, and Yosa-chae.

This 3-story pagoda sitting at the edge of the cliff in front of the main building was also built by the Tang Dynasty emperor. At the time of the temple’s establishment, this was 9-stories high but has been reduced down due to centuries of weathering.

Directly in front of the pagoda is another rock formation with a small cave. Here is a photo from the inside.

As you head up the stairs from the rock cave, you can take several trails that lead off into different areas of the mountain. There is an observatory off somewhere, but I didn’t have time to go because I had to catch the trolley back down. For now, I’ll just leave you with a panorama view from the busking platform. Also, every year in April the Azalea Culture Festival is held here.

WARNING:

Biseulsan Mountain is extremely difficult to get to if you don’t have your own car, or if you don’t take the city tour bus. Even if you do happen to make it to Biseul Mountain National Forest, coming here to the temple requires an additional 30-minute ride on an electric trolley bus. Make sure you pay attention to the trolley’s schedule because the city tour bus won’t wait for you if you’re late. Try to stay with the group of people you came with. This place is great, but the system has it to where you can’t even reserve your ticket for the electric trolley bus online, and you can only buy a ticket for the upcoming bus. I felt like I had to rush taking all of these pictures because I didn’t want the tickets to all sell out for the trolley going back down. Then I’d have to hike down on foot.... or beg one of the workers to take me.

Address: 230, Hyuyangnin-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu

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