About Me


I’m Dale, and like most of you, I’m a teacher here in Korea. I’ve been living in the Busan/Yangsan area, on and off, since 2003. I started this temple blog for two reasons. First, I didn’t think Busan was all that well represented in the blogosphere. Second, I thought because I had visited so many temples throughout Korea, I would share my passion, pictures, and ideas about Korean temples. So combining these two ideas I came up with this blog.

I hope you’ll follow me on my adventures to Korean temples! And I hope to see you out there!


24 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Dale,
    I was in Korea only for a week and used your website extensively to choose what temples to visit with our limited time. We rented a car which greatly helped our access and flexibility. I just want to thank you for doing this and making it public. Its really incredible what you have here and i’m very grateful and extremely impressed!!!
    Thanks again,

    • Wow, thank you. I’m glad to hear that the website helped you. My goal, from the start, with this website was to help those that wanted to know more about Korean temples. So thank you.

  2. I’m enjoying reading your info about Korean temples. I’ve visited Korea twice and saw a number of well-known temples. I traveled with my husband’s taekwondo school from the US. Also our group participated in the Templestay program and spent the night at Woljeongsa and Beopjusa temples. It was interesting to learn about the monks’ way of life and see the various buildings. There was a lot of symbolism in the things we saw like the 4 guardians, the 4 percussion instruments they played, etc. I spent several hours one afternoon by myself at Beopjusa wandering around and listening to the monks chant. The rest of the group was hiking or resting back at the hotel. I don’t think I could be a buddhist nun–it’s a pretty rigid life. We always regretted that we didn’t buy a fish windchime. I volunteer as an English tutor and my dream is to spend a year teaching English in Korea when I retire. However I’m only interested in teaching adults. Not sure if there is a market for an older lady like me!

    • Wow, thank you for sharing that. Beopjusa is a beautiful temple, so I can understand how you would want to simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the temple. As for taking a year after retiring to teach adults, there is a market. You just have to find the right fit.

  3. Hi Dale: Your info re the temples are wonderful. Thanks! We will be visiting Busan this coming October and we would like to visit Beomeosa Temple. However, one of our members has walking difficulties and I wonder whether it is too difficult for him. I would appreciate your feedback on this. Thanks again!

    • Hello Anne. Beomeosa Temple is one of the easier temples to access. You should be able to drive right up to the side of the temple with your car/taxi. If you don’t have either, and you’re going to be taking the bus, I would suggest that it might be a bit too difficult as most temples in Korea can be found in the mountains.

  4. Thanks for the info. Once we arrive at the temple, do we need to climb lots of stairs. If most of the places are level grounds, I think he can manage it.

    • There is a way you can approach from the side where you don’t have to climb many stairs. It’s out and to the right. Otherwise, if you try to walk it the entire way, it can be difficult. So I recommend a taxi from the base.

  5. Dale, I really enjoy this site. I lived in Daegu for 9 1/2 years, and I visited Donghwa-sa a few times, and I even managed to make it to the top of Gat-pawi once!!! I quite agree with your description of Taegjongdae park. It reminded me of Big Sur. Every time I visited Busan I tried to go there.

    • Thanks! Nine and a half years is pretty impressive. There are so many impressive temples in the Daegu area and Taejongdae is perhaps the most beautiful park in Busan.

  6. I am currently living in Daegu and enjoy sightseeing around the local area and beyond. I think your site is incredibly useful and I use it every time I travel somewhere. You provide extra information on temples that is sometimes not available if you don’t speak Korean.
    However, it is your travel directions that I most appreciate. I wouldn’t have found half the places I set out to visit without them. Thank you.

    • Thank YOU for enjoying the site. It’s for people like you that I decided to first make the site. It truly is a labour of love. Hope it continues to help you well into the future.

  7. Hi Dale, thank you for sharing your photos and experiences. Have been away from home for so long, so it was great to see lots of places in my home country. Also very interesting to see very different textures and colors from Koreans work in your photos 🙂 Thank you again!

  8. Nice to meet you Dale. I am Korean Buddhist monk(nun).
    I came across your website while searching for visitors reviews about my temple.
    Actually, there are three Yongmunsa temples in Korea. Two of Yongmunsa temple’s introduction are in this blog but another temple is not here.
    So I want invite you to Yongmunsa temple.
    And now I live Yongmunsa temple in Yangpyoeng, Gyoenggi-do.
    Come and visit here if you’re ever in my province.

    • Thank you for the invitation! I would definitely love to visit your temple one day. With it being so far from Gyeongsangnam-do, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to visit. But I look forward to one day seeing your beautiful temple. Thank you again for the kind invitation.

  9. Hi I come across your blog because me and my friends are going to Busan on November 18. And I found it interesting. Thank you for sharing.

    • Glad you found it interesting. And I hope it helps you out during your travels around Busan. Safe travels.

  10. Hi Dale,

    Great website. As a former English teacher in Korea myself I am surprised that you have had so much time to visit so many far off temples (we never had much time off to travel to such remote places). Love the website and thank you for compiling this great information.

    • Thanks! The website is truly a labour of love. I’m not sure if it’s time or a car that helps me more. But either way, I do get out a lot to see a lot of beautiful Korean temples.

  11. Seeing your blog, and especially seeing your comments and pictures of Mongwolsa, has brought back memories from half a century ago.

    • I’m really happy to hear I was able to bring back some fond memories for you. I really enjoy getting out there and sharing Korean temples with the world.

  12. Hi Dale

    Thank you for this wonderful site – I am looking to do a buddhist pilgrimage walk in Korea, as I did previously in Shikoku in Japan, which walked to 88 temples and was well organised for pilgrims. Are you aware of any such planned route in Korea (does not have to be zen) and can you link me to it? If not, do you have any guidance as I am researching and planning to map a workable route for myself. Also are there temples which permit stay overs at a cheaper rate of 40,000 or less?

    • Hello Mari,

      Unfortunately there are no pilgrimage trails that I know about. A few years back there was talk of making a trail surrounding the famed monk Wonhyo-daesa, but nothing seems to have come of it. And depending on the temple, you can stay for a small fee. It just depends. Sorry I couldn’t have been of more help.

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