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Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul

#4 of 73 in Historic Sites in Seoul
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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 Bongeusa Temple is surreally located directly across the street from the Intercontinental COEX and COEX Center. It’s certainly worth the short walk to explore and relax.  more »
  • It’s the most famous temple in Seoul, and the most touristic as well, but this doesn’t prevent you from observing daily life of Koreans who come here to pray. It also allows you to take a break from.....  more »
  • The temple is currently undergoing some renovations or restorations so it did take away from some of how impressive the place overall can be. I only stopped by to see the sights and it was very interesting to see devout Buddhists visit and pray quite fervently. A very informative brochure is provided to visitors and those interested can decide to experience life in the temple via the "Temple stay" offering.
  • Beautiful Buddhist temple in the economic center of Seoul. Very welcoming!! Tea shop and bathrooms are readily available. Great place to go for New Years if you don't want to get stuck in the enormous downtown crowd.

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