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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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  • Bongeunsa is a major Buddhist temple at the bustling heart of Seoul's Gangnam area. Largely destructed during the Korean War, it is now restored to its past glory. While the structure itself is neat.....  more
    Bongeunsa is a major Buddhist temple at the bustling heart of Seoul's Gangnam area. Largely destructed during the Korean War, it is now restored to its past glory. While the structure itself is neat.....  more »
  • We were fortunate enough to arrive at this active working temple on the first day of the new lunar new year. Many people were there for ceremonies and it was a beautiful visit. If you are English... 
    We were fortunate enough to arrive at this active working temple on the first day of the new lunar new year. Many people were there for ceremonies and it was a beautiful visit. If you are English...  more »
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  • Add this to your must-visit places in Seoul when you come here. Anybody who is spiritual may indeed find this place has powerful caring energies. Whether you are a Buddhist or not, highly recommend you visit. For Buddhists who would like to pray, they provide huge areas in front of both the 23 meter tall statue and the pagoda with the smaller seated sculptures. They provide comfy prayer cushion mats for anyone who wants to pray.
  • It's a temple, just like any other. It's very clean and organized, and there is an information center at the entrance. What I liked most is the contrast between the view of the temple and the trees behind it, and the big corporate towers across the street.

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