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Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul

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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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  • I loved this place. It was calm and stunning at the same time. I really was taken by Beopwangru, which contains 3300 statues of the "Bodhisvattva of Compassion." I had some pine needle tea at the.....  more »
  • Although, due to Corona Virus, the temple grounds were almost empty, I came here for some inner peace and inspirations. This is one of my top three favorite temples in Seoul and I come here a lot...  more »
  • One of the nicest and largest Buddhist Temples in Seoul. It has many things for tourists but can get very crowded.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very peaceful place. A get away from the city in the city. There are temple stay options available if you are keen. Alternatively you can have a quick retreat by sitting inside the temple or enjoy a cup of tea at the teahouse. For well wishers, you can purchase candle, rice and flowers at the temple for offerings.
  • Amazing connection to Buddhist history in Korea. One can reflect, contemplate their place in the universe, participate in a retreat, or just relax while exploring the complex.
  • Came here on a tour and it was such a beautiful experience. Everything is so well-maintained and to know it is supported and funded by the community gives it a great feeling of solidarity. I visited during the evening and it had such a calm and quiet atmosphere. If you're in the area, I definitely suggest checking this out!

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