Giyeonggak was constructed in 1696 by priest Hyeoneung after King Sukjong asked the priest to pray for the birth of a son to
succeed him. While the woman that presumably did most of the work isn’t mentioned, Yeongjo’s birth was supposedly the
result of the praying. Although the building has been renovated twice recently (1974 and 1983), the style is typical
of the late Joseon Dynasty period during which it was built.
Pagyesa is quite peaceful – definitely worth the uphill hike. Because of its relative unknown status, you’re likely to be the
only foreigner within the area. If headed to Palgongsan Park, bear in mind the areas worth seeing are really spread out on the
mountain. You really have to set out to see a specific site instead of just going to the general area.
Stock up on snacks at the Family Mart by the bus parking lot; once you’re climbing the mountain there’s very little else available.
Directions to Pagyesa: Take Line 1 of the Daegu subway system to Ayanggyo Station. Take exit 2 to street level, then walk 1
metre to the bus stop. Get on bus 101, 101-1, or express bus 1 – all will end up at a bus parking lot at the base of Palgongsan
Provincial Park. The same buses also run from Dong Daegu or Daegu subway station if you’re in those areas. From the bus parking
lot, it’s a steep but manageable 1.1 kilometre hike to the entrance of the temple.
Admission: 1,000 won.
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