Yongmunsa Temple (용문사) is located in the beautiful YangPyeong area in the picturesque valley of Yongmunsan Mountain – a perfect day trip with the family [updated Nov. 13, 2013]
It was built during the Silla Dynasty and reconstructed during the reign of King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty. The temple was badly damaged during the Korean War, but was restored and now consists of three buildings, the main hall, daeungjeon, and the bell tower.
The temple itself and the mountain walk to reach it are beautiful in all seasons. After a short hike uphill and just before entering the temple ground, you should see the famous Yongmunsa Ginkgo Tree. This is the largest gingko tree in South Korea, it is estimated to be 1,100 years old and more than 60 meters high. This beautiful tree is designated and protected as natural monument.
If you are into mountain hiking, there are several medium to advanced trails connecting the temple and circling Yongmunsan Mountain. Upon our last visit (Nov. 10, 2013) , we enjoyed a bit of family walk, took many pictures of the beautiful autumn foliage and marveled at the beauty of the temple buildings and the larger-than-life paper lanterns on display. The Gingko Tree was very impressive and majestic – but we were likely a few days beyond its peak of autumn color and half the leaves had fallen to the ground already. Next year, we’ll make sure to come a bit earlier.
Adults 2,000 won / group 1,800 won (more 30 people)
Youths 1,400 won / group 1,200 won
Children 1,000 won / group 800 won
* Free – ages under 7
Take a bus for Yongmun from Seoul (Sangbong or East Seoul terminal). It runs every 20 to 30 minutes (06:05-21:30) and the journey takes one hour.
For localization, see Seoul Map for Kids & Families.
If you read Korean you can find more information on Yongmunsa Temple
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If you are driving a car, you may stop on your way back by Dumulmeori (두물머리) which literally means “head of the two waters”, and refers to the place where Bukhangang River and Namhangang River meet. The dock for an ancient-style ferry and weeping willows add to the rustic beauty of this area. Another attraction at this site is the three 400-year-old Zelkova trees that appear as one giant tree. A privately owned place, Dumulmeori remains a popular site for shooting Korean TV dramas, movies, commercials, wedding pictures as well as nature pictures.
Across the bridge, there is another beautiful water and flower garden called Semiwon where some 50 kinds of water lilies and other water plants bloom all year long.
- Yangsu Station (Jungang Subway Line), Exit 1.
- Go straight for 20-30 minutes
- Gangbyeon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 4.
Take Bus 2000-1, and get off at Yangsu-ri Dumulmeori. Than follow the Dumulmeori Walk sign to arrive at Dumulmeori.
For more information (only in Korean) about all Yangpyeong area click here