Korea National Parks


Legend behind the foundation of Buseoksa (Temple)

During his studies in China, Uisangdaesa (Buddhist priest), the founder of buseoksa, stayed at a tavern where he met a girl named Seonmyo. When the priest felt ill, Seonmyo nursed him and took care of him. Ten years later when Uisangdaesa finished his studies, he returned to that tavern to thank Seonmyo for her kindness, but could not find her. Later, Seonmyo heard that Uisangdaesa had come looking for her and was disappointed that she had missed him. So, she gave herself to the sea and decided to become a dragon to safely guard the ship that was taking Uisangdaesa back to Silla so that he could arrive safely and disseminate Buddhism.