The area around Gakwonsa is very rural. When you get off the bus you will see many local delicious restaurants for the patrons. After walking a little farther down the street, you will arrive at the entrance to Gakwonsa. In front of the entrance there is a beautiful lake and a hiking trail to the mountain range behind Gakwonsa. To reach the entrance, you will have to walk up 206 stairs to reach the top. If you hate hiking or wish to drive, there is also an alternate entrance with ample parking on the other side of the temple.