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Overlooking Jeonju from Donggosa Temple

 

Turn your eyes towards the east from Jeonju Hanok Village, just below the top of the mountain, you can easily spot a Buddhist temple with a white statue. The name of the temple is “Donggosa”, renowned for the view overlooking Jeonju. Many locals visit the temple for the sunset and nightview in particular.

There’s a driveway that can take you to Donggosa fast. However, if you have enough time, it’s also a good idea to walk to the temple. You’ll have to pass through this magnificent bamboo forest. The sun pierces through the bamboo forest swaying in the wind.

The famous white statue holding the right palm up is Maitreya, the future Buddha.

Donggosa has a long history. It is told that the temple was founded more than a thousand years ago by a prince who became a Buddhist monk. The temple was completely destroyed during the Japanese Invasion of the 16th century but was rebuilt and renovated later.

Donggosa is a rather small temple. But it has one of the greatest views overlooking Jeonju, especially during sunset and at night.

Looking at the smoke and the statue, I suddenly feel solemn. I quietly appreciate the view of Jeonju, the waves of the black tile roofs, winding Jeonjuchun River, and mountains here and there.

If you walk past Donggosa and continue the trail towards the mountain top, you’ll arrive at another scenic spot. The panorama from the top is magnificent, unforgettable, and almost cathartic.

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  • I just visited here last month. It was so serene looking down on the city.

  • Lannie Alava Yun

    I would definitely love this place. The solemnity. Ohhhhhhh it awakens my introvertedness…

  • What a view!

  • Adila Ayub

    The view overlooking Jeonju is very good!

  • Arielle Pukanecz

    One of the best views of Jeonju!!!

  • Sara Rousalova

    I have been on a mission to visit as many temples in Korea as I can and Jeonju seems a great next stop!

  • Marie Boes (Be Marie Korea)

    I have been to Jeonju many time but have never visited this temple. This is definitely on my to do list for my next trip down to the stunning Jeonju. I have even written a blog post about Jeonju. https://bemariekorea.com/things-to-do-in-jeonju-hanok-village/

  • What a great view! I would like to visit again and go here as I missed this spot, Jeonju is definitely one of my favorite places to visit in Korea!

  • Elysia Toh

    Holymoly! The view from Donggosa looks breathtaking. With the peacefulness of the temple, I’m sure the area around the temple will be full of nature!!

  • Nosheen

    I would like to be there to get relaxed and overwhelmed

  • Ada Choy

    I love visiting temples when travelling, but never got around to looking for ones in Jeonju. I would love to go see this one and learn about the history and story behind this.

  • Honie Phan

    this place will be a ideal destination for someone who is looking for a spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Will pay it a visit soon with my friends 🙂

  • lesley g

    Such a beautiful view!

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    What a view! Wow <3

  • IamNaZza

    Wow! This temple has very stunning and breathe-taking view! I definitely visit this place!

  • Iris Jang

    Korean architecture is so simple, yet intricate. Such a beautiful experience going to Donggosa. Would recommend to everyone 12/10!!

  • Melissa

    These pictures are amazing. Traditional Korean structures are absolutely gorgeous.

  • Melissa

    I love to visit the temple at least once a year to pray for my family 🙂 it’s a really refreshing and great experience each time

  • Dimas Yunianto Putro

    This temple is amazing when you need to refresh your mind in Jeonju…
    Let’s visit Jeonju in 2019 guys!!!

  • Narayan Risal

    Symbol of World Peace … Buddha… proud of you ….

    I will visit this place asap

  • James

    Very beautiful view, but that is the case for most of the places in mountainous South Korea

  • Elly Elly

    Wow the view is amazing!! Looking forward to finally visiting Jeonju after years living in Korea~

  • Kittipot Imjard

    2 years ago I went to Jeonju but I didnt go to this place!! I should have known this site earlier!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    I had the opportunity to go there and It is amazing, you can be in Jeonju for 2 or 3 days and will never finish enjoying the beautiful things this city has to offer. Wish I can come back soon!

  • Victoria T

    I really love that last picture. I feel like it really captures the harmony of Korea’s landscape, incorporating both civilization and nature.

  • Aysha

    The view from Donggosa is amazing. I would love to go there and watch the sunset while listening to some calm music and while drinking a cup of tea.

  • Joshua Garcia

    Taditional Korean places are absolutely gorgeous, Wish I can be there soon

  • An Khanh Pham

    that is it! I’m going to Jeonju after this semester ends and live a life of a monk instead.

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju’s traditions are amazing; places to go, food, etc.

  • Daria Yu

    Love it… T.T

  • The buddha is looking over the whole Jeonju!!! It defintely a good spot for relaxing with such a great view. Korea is very good in encouraging to walk more especially those working in the office!
    Why everyday Namsan? There is a good one here in Jeonju!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Ready to see these amazing places in person (;

  • Good to go for a pray!

  • Egenia H

    This looks like a really relaxing placee👀🙏

  • Shana Trương

    Another place to add to check out.

  • Samki Y

    This looks like a very good place for a hike. The view looks amazing.

  • Baljinnyam Nyamjantsan

    Amazing

  • Silvia

    Omg I totally missed this when i went to Jeonju. I am a nature lover and seeing those trees simply makes me daydream

  • 아미르

    Korean traditional places are absolutely gorgeous, Wish I can be there soon.
    I love Buddha Temple.

  • 아미르

    The buddha is looking over the whole Jeonju!!! It defintely a good spot for relaxing with such a great view. Korea is very good in encouraging to walk more especially those working in the office!
    Why everyday Namsan? There is a good one here in Jeonju.

  • 아미르

    The buddha is looking over the whole Jeonju!!! It defintely a good spot for relaxing with such a great view. Korea is very good in encouraging to walk more especially those working in the office!
    Why everyday Namsan? There is a good one here in Jeonju!
    Everyone go there for pray.

  • 아미르

    The buddha is looking over the whole Jeonju!!! It defintely a good spot for relaxing with such a great view. Korea is very good in encouraging to walk more especially those working in the office!
    Why everyday Namsan? There is a good one here in Jeonju.
    I love Buddha.

  • 아미르

    The buddha is looking over the whole Jeonju!!! It defintely a good spot for relaxing with such a great view. Korea is very good in encouraging to walk more especially those working in the office!
    Why everyday Namsan? There is a good one here in Jeonju.

  • Joshua Garcia

    nothing like a place like jeonju to calm your mind and “seoul” haha

  • Joshua Garcia

    Take me there, please. I will take lot of videos and pictures

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wonder how will that look at night?

  • Veronica H. Padron

    This place is really close to the traditional hanoks, and is not that difficult to go up. Maybe it just take 20 minutes, from there you can have amazing views of Jeonju

  • Salma Hassanein

    I visited this place once and it was awesome! I would go again next time I visit Jeonju

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    Makes me proud as a person of Korean heritage to see posts like this.

  • eunha kim

    why I know it too late??? I have came to Jeonju last auturn and definitely falling love with Jeonju! Will come back soon and explore this place.

  • Joshua Garcia

    Let´s get ready for a temple stay!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Would like to go there soon!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Korean views are the best ever!

  • Joshua Garcia

    what if we all get together and pay a visit to those places

  • One of my favorite things about Korea is this perfect balance between traditional and modern. From such a beautiful and solenm temple, being able to see a full 21st city is overwhelming.

  • I wish the current air is not polluted as bad as now so that everyone can enjoy this perfect views!

  • This place is really a good place to let go all concrete city stress. Is there any temple stay?

  • A weekend walking trail with such incredible views, no more regrets!

  • Rachel Chalk

    Oh wow what a view

  • Rachel Chalk

    The hike up looks nice too, it’s not often you find a hike trail that’s so pretty

  • The bamboo forest looks very cool!!

  • Cannot believe that the temple was built more than 1000 years !!!

  • bora 🍓

    Browsing through these pictures itself made me feel solemn, how nice it would’ve been to physically be there. Being able to experience the scenery at the mountain top would be so amazing.

  • Joshua Garcia

    whaaaaa look at those temples

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i could visit these temples every day

  • Joshua Garcia

    omg im in love with jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i could marry jeonju and have jeonju kids

  • Shielfa

    Such a good place to hiking with history tample and view of jeonju!><

  • Joshua Garcia

    Im tired of running away from my true happiness, Im going to jeonju right now and i wont regret it!

  • Joshua Garcia

    these temples make my mind so calm

  • Joshua Garcia

    every time i look at jeonju in the eyes, I feel that I belong with it

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish jeonju could move to my one room

  • Joshua Garcia

    I feel Im loosing jeonju from my memories, please help me!

  • Joshua Garcia

    in difficult times i close my eyes and think of jeonju to feel better

  • Joshua Garcia

    I wish jeonju was a pokemon so I can catch it

  • Joshua Garcia

    when Im hungry I travel to jeonju and have some delicious jeonju food

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my free time I like to write jeonju posts in the jeonju blog!

  • Joshua Garcia

    my sister likes jeonju just like I do

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju is the pefect place to go to check some temples

  • Joshua Garcia

    temples in jeonju are out of this world

  • Nao Z

    Looks so peaceful!

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Hiking and cultural experience combined together is simply perfect

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Take a rest from the city, and enjoy amazing view and learn about temples near JeonJu

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    The fact that this temples have a long history makes this places much more interesting

  • This post is very good, but would benefit from some night shots of the city from the temple grounds. This way visitors can see how lovely it is during the day and night.

  • Grace S

    This would be great for nature lovers!

  • Grace S

    I feel bad that the temple was once destroyed 🙁

  • Grace S

    The Buddha statue looks so big and majestic!

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna meet someone to go here

  • Joshua Garcia

    will go here by myself or with someone, doesnt matter

  • Joshua Garcia

    when you go to a temple, best thing is to feel in peace, in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    nothing like meditating on a temple during winter

  • Joshua Garcia

    the best things in life are free and jeonju has one of them here

  • Joshua Garcia

    alone or with friends, nothing like jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju please stop being so pretty, i get lost in your temples

  • Joshua Garcia

    I look jeonju in the eyes and i fell in love

  • Joshua Garcia

    best thing about jeonju is that you can go and experience !

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju temples are an example of the best that korea can offer

  • Joshua Garcia

    please, take me to jeonju on a tour

  • Joshua Garcia

    if you wanna my jeonju, you gotta get with my friends

  • Joshua Garcia

    I dont know why someone would never fell in love with jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    these temples take my breath away

  • Joshua Garcia

    these temples are the best in the world

  • Joshua Garcia

    i wanna explore these places so bad

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my heart the jeonju temples have a special place

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i could fall into the sky, do you think time will pass me by, cause you know ill walk a thousand miles if i can just go to jeonju tonight

  • Joshua Garcia

    temples are so nice in jeonju, i wanan get married here

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju offers so much for people to visit it

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna stay here for a week and learn about culture

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me if im wrong but jeonju is like a hidden gem in asia

  • Joshua Garcia

    we have traveled to so much to see jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    as long as my gf is by my side there is no place i rather be that is not jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    with every step i take kyoto to LA there is no place like jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    if you gave me chance i would take it, its a shot in dark but ill make it, when im in jeonju theres no place id rather be

  • Thandar Aung

    best place to escape from noisy city

  • Thandar Aung

    so peaceful in my mind while looking this

  • Thandar Aung

    wanna go and enjoy beautiful view

  • Nasim Reza

    traditional temple and best view of the city from top

  • Julien

    Looks very calming and a good place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Seoul

    • Julien

      Hopefully it’s an easy hike 🙊

  • MinJi Jung

    peaceful place…blessings from Buddha!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    It is told that the temple was founded more than a thousand years ago, nice info jeonju blog!

  • Joshua Garcia

    love nature and love jeonju !!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    once i visit a place called donghaksa, wonder if they are related

  • Joshua Garcia

    please take me here so i can meditate with my ancestors

  • Joshua Garcia

    this is the best place to calm your mind and head

  • Joshua Garcia

    we dont have any of these places in our country, man i envy korea because of that

  • Joshua Garcia

    will be there tomorrow at 9:00 just in case anyone wanna meet

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna be there for you jeonju baby, forever yours

  • Joshua Garcia

    In love with jeonju city and this jeonju city blog

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju score for donggosa temple: 200/10

  • Joshua Garcia

    The hike up looks nice too, it’s not often you find a hike trail that’s so pretty

  • Joshua Garcia

    Ready to go next week lol

  • Joshua Garcia

    Will invite my girlfriend here on Sunday and the. Another of my girlfriends on Monday

  • Joshua Garcia

    It is important to share allthse place with friends and family

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wish I could go to jeonju every day

  • Joshua Garcia

    If I have a solar for every time I have written jeonju here I will have like 1020 dollars lol but I love jeonju so this is free of charge LOVE

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Jeonju view from the Donggosa Temple is a tranquil and picturesque scenery. It is interesting how a city view can be so beautiful! The warm of spring season is completing your journey in this temple! Ah! 가고십어 once again!

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju temples are so nice, wish i was there

  • Joshua Garcia

    JEONJU IS ALWAYS IN MY MIND, WHAT CAN I DO? I JUST LOVE IT

  • Joshua Garcia

    TEMPLES ARE PART OF THE RELIGIOUS HERITAGE OF KOREA

  • Joshua Garcia

    KOREA IS HIGHLY SPITITUAL COUNTRY

  • Cindy Clarissa

    I have never been to a temple in Korea before!

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Breathtaking scenery!

  • Joshua Garcia

    need to be in a temple to understand why korea is so nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    best places to take pictures

  • Joshua Garcia

    screnary is the nice and pretty specially at night

  • Joshua Garcia

    what else than some of korea to warm your heart

  • Joshua Garcia

    KOREA IS LIT

  • Joshua Garcia

    nothing like temples in korea to understand its culture and heritage

  • Joshua Garcia

    i have been in temples all over the world but korea has the best

  • Tetiana Slusar

    Thank you for introducing the temple. It is definitely must-see in Jeonju. You have a beautiful writing style: “the waves of the black tile roofs”… mmmm… missing Jeonju already after reading this.

  • Wow what a view that’s gorgeous

  • John John

    ahh dongosa temple… hard to reach but very satisfying

  • John John

    Looks very peaceful

  • Joshua Garcia

    What Nice view

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wanna go here to meditate

  • Joshua Garcia

    Need to be here soon

  • Joshua Garcia

    Thanks for the info

  • Joshua Garcia

    Need to go here in winter

  • Joshua Garcia

    This look amazing woow

  • Joshua Garcia

    I’m crazy abiut jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    Need to go here and take som pics haha

  • Joshua Garcia

    Will bring my gfsince she is budist

  • Joshua Garcia

    My wife wants to go here