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Address: Dohak-dong,Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
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The biggest and most beautiful Buddhist temple near Daegu.

The temple itself is quite stunning, with interesting architecture and a peaceful atmosphere you'd find at any other temple. But Donghwa Temple also has a small-ish museum of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 December 2016
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Daegu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The temple itself is quite stunning, with interesting architecture and a peaceful atmosphere you'd find at any other temple. But Donghwa Temple also has a small-ish museum of Buddhist history and culture which I like, along with a "Big Buddha" statue. If you come in the Spring, try and get there for Buddha's Birthday (a national holiday) and you'll even... More 

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Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We visited here in October with my parents and 6 year old son. It was a lovely place to visit. The Buddha itself was worth the visit. We ended up being shown around by a monk who was very generous with his time and his English was excellent. A very calm and peaceful place to visit away from the business... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Beautiful place. Giant Buddha is a sight to behold and the calming chants of monks rhythmic prays is unmissable. I feel very honoured to have witnessed it. Can't wait to show this off to friends and family.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We took a taxi to this location and took the red bus back to Daegu. Ask the bus driver with a printscreen in Koran, where to stop. We stopped to early, but had a tremendous adventure of finding our way back by train to Daegu city centre. You will spend at least 2 hours overhere. There should be a to... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Many of the temples we have viewed in South Korea have been very similar in design so I try to look for things that set them apart from the others. This one had a few features we really liked. For starters the gate you drive through to get to the parking lot is huge with 4 large guardians posted. The... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Bus 401 takes you from most locations within Daegu to this place, and the bus even stops at Gatbawi. The temple itself is worth visiting, it occupies a huge area, and the standing Buddha statue itself is a short distance away from the main temple

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

It was gorgeous. Not a great place for strollers. Peaceful and pretty. We would like to go again when it's not so horribly hot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you go up Palgonsan (one of the two mountains in Daegu) by either hiking or cable car, you can end up in this temple if you take the main road while going down. It is a nice peaceful and quite big temple, though it is not the most beautiful one in Korea.

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Suwon, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Buddhist temple talked away in the mountains of Daegu ^^. 😀 if you're looking to go outside the city and get out this is a great place to explore get in nature there's a beautiful stream there's a Giant Buddha temple that is almost 20 meters tall and it's not really crowded so you can get good pictures highly recommended... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Beautiful temple in the Palgong mountain area. Go in the spring for cherry blossom or lanterns around Buddha's birthday. Just stunning for a local Daegu area temple.

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