|Baengnyeonsa Temple (Gangjin) (백련사-강진)|
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|Built based upon the Cheontae Doctrine, Baengnyeonsa Temple (백련사) played an important role in promoting the restoration of Buddhism. Located east of Mandeoksan Mountain (만덕산), Baengnyeonsa Temple is famous for its camellia forest skirting the road to the temple. One of the two most beautiful camellia colonies in Korea, including camellias on Odong-do Island in Yeosu, this colony of camellias was designated as natural treasure No. 151. The camellias come into full bloom around the end of March.
Gangjin Bay, seen from Baengnyeonsa Temple, and the road that leads from the temple to Dasan Chodang are also famed for their scenic beauty.
Take a bus for Gangjin at Central City Express Bus Terminal (from 07:30 to 17:40, 6 times a day and the journey takes 4 hours and 50 minutes.)
Take a local bus for Mangho at Gangjin-gun Bus Terminal (10-15 minute walk from the Express Bus Terminal) and get off at Baengnyeonsa Temple Entrance.
* As it takes about 20-30 minutes to go up to Baengnyeonsa Temple, you might want to consider using a taxi.