We are lucky to live extremely close to Buseok Temple. In my humble opinion it is one of the best temples to visit in Korea. It is rarely jam-packed unlike Bulguksa in Gyeongju and the view across the valley is gorgeous. These positives are largely outweighed by Buseoksa’s out of the way location. Then there is the ad-hoc, local bus timetable from Yeongju to Buseoksa which is capable of deterring even the most persistent of travellers.
The average tourist in Korea is likely to visit Seoul, perhaps Gyeongju or Busan and then head out. Living in the very North of Gyeongbuk province means we are a good trek away from any of these tourist hot spots. On the weekends we don’t want to take long bus rides with even longer waiting times at each terminal, we have taken to exploring our own backyard. And it’s a bloody nice backyard!