|Dogapsa Temple (도갑사)|
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|The historic Dogapsa Buddhist Temple is located within the Wolchulsan National Park and in 1984, was designated Provincial Cultural Property No. 79. At an elevation of 376m, the site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, so impressive it carries the nickname ‘Sogeumgang
River’, meaning “Small Geumgang River” of Jeollanamdo-Province.
Founded by Buddhist Monk Doseon during the later years of the Silla Kingdom, the temple houses many historic and cultural treasures, most notable of which is Haetalmun Gate (gate of emancipation); designated as National Treasure No. 50 and one of few remaining original Korean structures. In addition, there are the Maaeyeoraejwasang (National Treasure No.144) and Seokjoyeoraejwasang (National Treasure No.89) sitting Buddha statues, the Mokjomunsu•Bohyeondongjasang (Treasure No. 1134), the Doseonsumibi (Jeollanam-do Tangible Cultural Property No.38) and the Daeungbojeon, or ‘main temple hall.’
An added bonus is the walkway lined with cherry trees leading to Dogapsa Temple. During the spring season, the 1km path offers a fabulous touch to the pristine surroundings. Nearby attractions are Wolchulsan National Park, Historical Site of Dr. Wangin, Yeongam Pottery Museum and Gurim Village.
|Dogapsa Temple – Field of Reeds – Gujeongbong Peak – Cheonhwangbong Peak – Cloud Bridge – Entrance to Cheonhwangsa Temple (8.5km)|
|* Temple Stay|
|Compact vehicles: 2,000 won
Small & Mid-sized cars: 4,000-5,000 won
Large-sized cars: 6,000-7,500 won
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Central City Terminal (Express Bus Terminal Station, Subway Line 3,7,9).
Take an express bus to Mokpo.
From Mokpo Terminal, transfer to a local bus to Yeongam.
Take a local bus or a taxi from Yeongam Terminal to Dogapsa Temple.
(Bus schedule: runs 2 times a day /09:30, 16:10)