Naksansa Temple is located in Naksan Provincial Park and is one of the few temples that overlook a sea of Korea. It was built by Uisangdaesa, a revered Buddhist monk in 671. Within the park are many rivers and beautiful beaches to visit. Naksansa provides a spectacular sunrise view and beautiful sounds of breaking waves. Inside the temple are cultural artifacts such as the Hongnyeonam Hermitage, a bronze bell, and the Hongyemun (gate).
Naksansa Temple is crowned by the Buddhist statue of Haesugwaneumsang (Bodhisattva of Mercy), known as the goddess Gwanseum-Bosal, facing southeast standing 15 meters high on a 2.8-meter high pedestal. The white granite statue stands in a clearing at the top of the hill, eyes and fingers closed in peaceful meditation as it gazes out to sea. The massive statue is the work of Busan sculptor Gwon Jeong-hwan and was dedicated in 1977. 700 tons of granite and six months were required to complete the sculpture. It is the largest Buddhist statue of its kind in the Orient. Hongreanam was built by Uisang as a Hermitage above a stone cave. In the sanctuary floor there is a 10-centimeter opening through which you can see the sea below.