Yonggung-sa Temple; Busan, South Korea

Yonggung-sa Temple is a Buddhist complex built on the water, where the East Sea (Sea of Japan) meets the South Sea (East China Sea). To get there, take bus 181 from the Haeundae metro station. Ask the driver to let you know when to get off; otherwise you might do what I did and ride an extra 40 minutes, all the way to the end of the line, only to get right back on and ride halfway back, to the temple, which is smaller than Beomeosa Temple but definitely worth a visit.

On the walkway approaching the small footbridge to the temple, there are plenty of opportunities to snack on local delicacies, like bugs or live snails. While I can't say with any honesty say that I'm interested in eating bugs, despite their high protein content, I will say that being in Korea (and also Japan) has gotten me more interested in Buddhism, which seems to entirely lack the arrogance of other religions (if you can even call Buddhism a religion). But it did take me a temple visit or two before I got used to seeing swastikas used in a positive context. Swastikas are still widely used in Buddhist culture, and have been for more than 2,500 years. Apparently followers of Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha (spiritual leader who founded Buddhism) stamped a swastika, which from what I read represents eternity, on his chest after he died.