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 !
Very beautiful temple on the heart of the city. You will have to climb a few steps but nothing too bad. Make sure to appreciate the thousands of white buddha statues and stay there for a while and contemplate the silence. Also appreciate the tea that they kindly serve the guests. Remember to take off your hats and shoes when entering any room. There are also some rooms where you can meditate in silence. The people there where very friendly. Some tourists around but not so crowded. They have ceremonies on some occasions and they welcome visitors. The place where the monks live is not opened for visiting.
Peaceful place in the middle of the city. Make sure to have time to admire the beauty of this temple and take it all in. Be reminded this is a temple and not run around or make loud noises. There are a few stairs and hills here since it’s set on a small hillside. The big Buddha at the back is the largest monument here but I think the craftsmen ship in the temples is more interesting. They offer temple stays here and in English.
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