Seokbulsa Temple 석불사 is one of the more secluded, less known temples in Busan. It isn’t as easy to get to as Beomeosa, Haedong Yonggungsa or Samgwangsa Temple which makes it less traveled than other temples in Busan. Also there are a couple of ways to access Seokbulsa Temple 석불사. The way I recommend you get to Seokbulsa Temple is to ride the Geumgang Park Cable Car up to the top of a small mountain and then hike to Seokbulsa Temple. The other way would be to catch a taxi to the other side of Seokbulsa Temple (which is recommend for those who have difficulty walking more than 15-20 minutes).
So lets cover how to get to Seokbulsa Temple starting with getting to the closest Subway Station, Oncheonjang 온천장역. It is located on Line 1 (orange), so no need to change lines if you are coming from Seomyeon, Busan Station or Nampodong. If you are coming from Gwangalli or Haeundae you will need to transfer at Seomyeon.
Once at Oncheonjang Station 온천장역 (Take Exit 1) you simply need to walk to Geumgang Park (where the Cable Car is located):
From here on in I will let my photos guide you to where you need to go 🙂
Instead of boring you with more walking trail photos I will just list what you should see leading up until Seokbulsa Temple. You should come across a small village called Namman which has a badminton court and some small restaurants. Next, you should come across a Blue Sign with 10m on it, simply keep following this path. Next, you should come across a sign which says Seok Bul Sa in English (석불사 is the Korean name of the Temple) which is 0.8 kms away. After that there will be a metal staircase which leads to a paved road. Once you get to this paved road just follow it up to SEOKBULSA TEMPLE!~~~
To walk and get a taxi simply follow the single path back to the main road (shown in the map below):
If you have decided to keep going like we did, here are the photos I took.
From the South Gate, we simply walked back to the Cable Car Station (same way as you came up) and rode the Cable car back down to GeumGang Park.
And that’s the end. All-in-all it was a big day out with a lot of walking however it was probably one of my favourite little adventures in Busan. It was nice to just peacefully walk through the mountains while taking in the scenery. I hope the above information helps you visit Seokbulsa Temple and you can enjoy yourself like I did 🙂
As usual, if you have any questions please leave a comment 🙂
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