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Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul

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Located in the central Gingham district of Seoul, Bongeunsa Temple offers exquisite architecture and tranquility in a busy city. Originally built in 794 CE and reconstructed in 1498, the temple features a large area under greenery and stores some 3,479 Buddhist scriptures, including woodblock carvings of the Avatamsaka (Flower Garland) Sutra and the works of celebrated 19th-century calligrapher Kim Jeong-hui. You can participate in the Korean Zen meditation, a dawn service, and a tea ceremony, or a share a meal with traditional tableware. See Bongeunsa Temple and all Seoul has to offer by arranging your trip with our Seoul online tour planner .
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  • Shrine that many tourists and if you want to see South Korea society culture of originality, and visited in the summer, fall and spring are better
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  • I am first time in this temple. First of all this temple is very clear and calm. Very wonderful. I am very happy.  more »
  • Bongeunsa Temple is comprised of multiple buildings. There are multi-lingual posters explaining the historical significance of each of the distinct areas. It was very pretty and peaceful. The entrance...  more »
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  • What a peaceful place! It is such a bless to have a nice temple in the middle of city. Usually , typical temple of Korea is located in top of mountain . So Bongeunsa is very special because you can surrouned by high buildings but also feel the peaceful atmosphere of temple. It is good place to relax . It’s free to look around, but i recommend to put at least 1000won into donation box and bow and pray.
  • Bongeunsa Temple complex is a very special place for me and somehow whenever I am in Seoul, I find myself visiting his place. It is a beautiful temple complex, just outside the noise, hustle, and bustle of Gangnam. It is such a peaceful and tranquil place that one might almost forget that they are in the middle of one of the busiest metropolises in Asia. It is a great place to relax and learn about Korea's past. If you are in Seoul, definitely consider visiting the Bongeunsa Temple complex!
  • I love this place and it holds many memories for me. When I was working in the Samsung area I would come here often to escape the crazy city. It is calm and clear when I'm there. The noises melt away a bit. My friend went here to eat vegetarian meals (which are hard to find in Korea), and I came here to mediate and walk around like an old man. I'd often sit BEHIND the statue and watch the people come and pray. It sounds weird but I loved making up stories for everyone as they passed haha. Now that I actually am an older man (before I was 22), I came back with a filming crew to show them this amazing spot and the crazy juxtaposition of the city and the temple. They loved it too. It's a great spot if you're in Seoul, especially if you don't have time to get out of the city and you want to see a temple. Easy access from the subway line 2, or line 9.
  • One of the best buddha temple in seoul. The buddha statue here is very nice to see. The temple is very big. Some times they decorate the temple with colourful lotus followers. That view is feast for eyes. They are many towers around the temple. The view is very nice to see.
  • Amazing Buddhist temple in the heart of Seoul, where one can learn more about Korean religion. This place is surrounded by modern buildings, but the experience of looking at the contrast of a modern city with still traditional places, is very pleasant and impressive at the same time. It's free. The statue of Buddha is simply majestic. It is worth visiting!!
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