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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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  • October 6, 2017
    The place of worship of the ancestors, Joseon Dynasty imperial palace. We are still celebrating ceremonies at major parties.
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  • October 5, 2017
    The Bongeunsa Temple is a place of history and is being renovated as I had a walk around. It is a great place of peace and tranquility in the midst of city center and opposite of the COEX mall. It has...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I first went to visit the Coex (Giant Mall) and had to take a step out half way through because of the amount of people there. What did I find? Across the street this wonderful place that was quiet an...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    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.
  • April 21, 2017
    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.
  • April 3, 2017
    One of the most beautiful places you will ever visit in your life. Spiritual contrasted by the modern skyscrapers. Unique experience.
  • May 8, 2017
    This place is spiritual and good for meditation and worshipping. We can see very good architectural and carving.
  • May 15, 2017
    Nice place to visit. Can feel some korean things here

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