|Birthplace of Baekje Buddhism (백제불교최초도래지)|
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|Beopseongpo (법성포) is where an Indian Monk Mirananta first set foot on Korean territory in A.D 384 to spread Buddhism, having made his journey via Dongjin in China. This area then is being developed as a tourist destination as the originating place of Buddhism in Korea. Note: the word ‘Beop’ in ‘Beop-seong-po’ means Buddhism while ‘Seong’ means a saint, referring to the Indian Monk Marananta.
The origins of Buddhism in Korea are clear for Goguryeo and the Silla Kingdoms, but regarding the Kingdom of Baekje it is a little more obscure. It has been claimed by word of mouth in this region that the Indian Monk Marananta came to Beopseongpo of Yeonggwang to deliver his message of Buddhism and built the Bulgapsa Temple (불갑사) which hence became the first monument of Buddhism in the Baekje Kingdom.
|* Express Bus
Seoul – Yeonggwang (The bus runs from the Central City Express Bus Terminal 07:00~22:00 at an interval of 40 minutes and the journey takes 3 hours 40 minutes).
1) From the Yeonggwang Bus Terminal take a local bus to Beopseong (The bus runs at an interval of 20 minutes; takes 15 minutes) → take a taxi to the birthplace of Baekje Buddhism (total 30 minutes).
2) From the Yeonggwang Bus Terminal take a bus to the birthplace of Baekje Buddhism (two buses daily at 07:00 and 12:20; takes 30 minutes).