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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Bongeunsa Temple Reviews
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 »
Die Anfahrt hat ziemlich lange gedauert - der Fußmarsch auch. Aber es ist angenehm am Fuße des Tempels zu sitzen, einen Ingwertee zu genießen und sich dann die buddhistischen Tempelanlangen anzusehen.... 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 !
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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