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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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  • The temple isn’t just a tourist attraction but an actual active one. There are monks and worshippers at the temple so it is a real authentic Korean experience and worth a visit. Though the temple is l...  more »
  • The journey took quite a long time - the walk too. But it is pleasant to sit at the foot of the temple, enjoy a ginger and then look at the Buddhist temples. After all the shopping centers and the city of Seoul an oasis of peace !
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  • Came here on a tour and it was such a beautiful experience. Everything is so well-maintained and to know it is supported and funded by the community gives it a great feeling of solidarity. I visited during the evening and it had such a calm and quiet atmosphere. If you're in the area, I definitely suggest checking this out!
  • The temple is easily accessible by subway. It is located just across the road from COEX (where the aquarium is). Lovely temple with big Buddha statue. Just as I entered the temple, a magpie stopped in front of me. Did not miss the chance to take its photo. There is a small tea-shop for the visitors; from there one could just relax and view the city from its balcony.
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