Korea Day 6 – Yakcheonsa temple (약천사) and Gulbupdang (굴법당)

On our third and last day in Jeju, we woke up to beautiful weather and sunny skies. It was the perfect day to end our short trip in “Korea’s Hawaii”. Our guide drove us to Yakcheonsa temple (약천사), the 2nd largest Buddhist temple in Jeju. The massive size and amount of craftsmanship on the buildings were incredible. The main hall is where 3 golden buddhas sit to one side of the room. There are large pillars that hold up the rooftop of the building with winding dragons around them. We were allowed to visit each floor of the building which featured a great view of the main floor and the buddhas.

Afterwards, we took a sip of water at the “water fountain” similar to the one at Gwangdeoksa Temple. Then my brother and I wandered up a wooded path behind the temple. Away from the tourists and people outside, we found a small cave where inside, there was a small Buddhist shrine with a monk praying. The stark rock structure of Gulbupdang (굴법당) was a sharp contrast from the extravagance of the main temple.

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