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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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  • I accidentally walked here. Beautiful Temple but they were busy with all kinds of construction work around the temples. That made it somewhat messy. Beautiful temples and very peaceful park. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • The temple is in the heart of the Gangnam district, has a large parking lot and a beautiful entrance with a "roof" formed by those colored "paper lanterns" (i don't know what they're called) that tower over the entrance hall. Then from there you can admire the various "houses" of prayer, all colorful and decorated in a magnificent way. There is also a huge clearing with a gigantic statue of the Buddha, aboutwave from other stone statues. the peace and quiet that is felt in this temple has incredible, it really seems to walk in a parallel world, light years away from the daily chaos of the city. To see!
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  • Peaceful place in the middle of the city. Make sure to have time to admire the beauty of this temple and take it all in. Be reminded this is a temple and not run around or make loud noises. There are a few stairs and hills here since it’s set on a small hillside. The big Buddha at the back is the largest monument here but I think the craftsmen ship in the temples is more interesting. They offer temple stays here and in English.
  • Very nice temple to visit. They also offer 2 day and 1 night stay programs that allow learning in detail about Buddhist traditions in Korea and the meaning of different activities within the temple. Easy access from COEX north entry station on line 9 metro.
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