Few temples have as stunning a location as the seaside Haedong Yonggungsa in Busan, South Korea. I visited on a scorching summer day and was lucky enough to avoid the massive crowds that typically flock to this destination.
I was thankful to enjoy the temple and surrounding scenery without being pushed and elbowed as I usually do in the hordes of Korea I often find myself in.
Had it been teeming with tourists I may not have had my shot at making my wishes come true by attempting to throw my coins into bowls in the middle of a pond, nor would I have found the little tiny buddha statuettes hidden around the temple grounds.
Going early paid off, but unfortunately I was left waiting for the bus back to town at the hottest time of day, without an inch of shade to be found.
This was a guest post by Danielle Koffler. Danielle, a Los Angeles native, has been passionate about travel since she went around the world on Semester at Sea in 2006. In the last three years, she has taught English in northeastern Thailand, worked in eco-tourism on an island in Thailand, and backpacked solo around Asia. She is currently teaching English in Seoul, South Korea while planning her future adventures. Keep up with her via her blog, Wake Up and Dance. Check out her Tripping profile and connect with her through Networks like DIWYY.