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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 before was only by transit. This visit is second visit by long time, 2 weeks. I was also second time visit the Bongeunsa temple. This time I excited very beautiful flower..unfortunately I am forget ...  more »
  • This temple located not far from the COEX convention centre is worth a visit, if one happens to attend a conference at COEX.  more »
  • There are lots of stairs but the end is worth the climb. The details just amaze me in the designs and the build. WOW.  more »
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  • Bongeunsa temple for the first time but I love the place so much! Many things to see, walk around and pray. The day I went was cool as there was a lantern festival - very colourful and the weather is great. Bongeunsa is also well connected with the subway too so it's really reachable and easy to find. The place is photogenic so it's great to take lots of photos! Will of course return every time I visited Seoul.
  • Love it here. It's pretty much tranquil eventhough it is located in the city centre. It's close to any other attractions in Seoul as well. You can explore here half a day and it's recommended to come early in the afternoon. Restroom and small shop are available. Be careful not to disturb people who pray here while you visit.
  • One of the more beautiful Buddhist temples I’ve been to. When I visited it was vibrant with Buddhist practice and chanting. It was so peaceful and a nice rest from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. I wish I had known how nice it was and planned for a temple stay.
  • A beautiful temple full of beautiful people, and a very welcome place of peace in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Seoul. The guide at the gate rushed out to give us an English map and his recommendations with a lot of humor and soul. Once you've looked around the temple complex, don't miss out on a relaxing and delicious tea ceremony with Korean rice sweets 🍵🍡
  • I am local. Sometimes I take a walk here. Although I am not Buddhism, but I feel comfortable in this temple. If you are a foreign traveler, I recommend you to visit Bongeunsa after visiting coex.
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