Donghwa Temple on Palgong Mountain
My first visit here was in September of 1995. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. My last two trips there were via the Daegu City Tour Bus – Palgongsan Course. It is the most convenient way to see several sites in one day with the least amount of hassle. The tour allows ample time to see each area and there is no parking or transportation to worry about. The tour guides were a lot of help, also.
After leaving the parking area on a short walk you will see the area to the left in the first photo. There are buildings and statues to look at. In the center of the area is the guard shelter with four massive guards. They are present to protect the temple from evil spirits.
Follow the path to the right of the guard shelter to get to Asia’s tallest free standing Budha statue. In the lower right corner of this picture, you will see a doorway. This leads down to an underground museum. You can see the history of many writings and restored works and replicas.
There are at least two gift shops to buy small souvenirs at.
One of the things that many foreign visitors miss out on is the free lunch offered after 11 A.M. It is in the main hall lower level behind the guard shelter, or as you come back from the large statue, it will be on the right. The entrance is in the back on the ground level. The lunch typically consists of bibimbap with a small bowl of soup. There is no charge. The only thing you have to do is wash your dishes and utensils. That’s it!