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Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul

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#4 of 47 in Historic Sites in Seoul
Landmark Religious Site
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Bongeunsa Temple and many more Seoul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Seoul travel itinerary maker.
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  • Yesterday, I went to the bongeunsa Temple. It was a stunning Lotus Flower. ☔ even a sprinkle but the temple was allowed to visit slowly.
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  • This was worth the time and price. I learned a lot and saw the temple activities with people from all over the world-tea, meditation, craft and visit well explained.
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  • This church I really liked, had some details (like the many lanterns attached to the ceiling) that do distinguish from many others. A visit here was definitely enjoyable: the temple is very large, kept in excellent condition and has several statues and interesting items. Also the atmosphere of calm that dominates here helps to relax from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. Recommended!
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  • You can see the biggest standing Buddha statue here. Surely, you can walk around and relax with meditation in the Buldan room. The great spot for Buddha temple.
  • Easy to get to. Right smack in the middle of everything. Coex mall is across the street. The temple grounds are a great mix of old and new.
  • One of the most beautiful places you will ever visit in your life. Spiritual contrasted by the modern skyscrapers. Unique experience.
  • This place is spiritual and good for meditation and worshipping. We can see very good architectural and carving.
  • Nice place to visit. Can feel some korean things here

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