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Bongeunsa Temple

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Address: 73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+82 2-511-6070
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

It’s hard to believe that this large, beautiful Buddhist temple is situated...

It’s hard to believe that this large, beautiful Buddhist temple is situated in the middle of a bustling metropolis. It’s impossible not to be moved by the beauty and serenity of this enchanting temple. You can even stay overnight for a fee.

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Nice temple with beautiful lanterns

A quiet place to hide from dynamic Gangnam-go district, though it can be a little intimidating for those who are sightseeing. The lanterns are beautiful!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A quiet place to hide from dynamic Gangnam-go district, though it can be a little intimidating for those who are sightseeing. The lanterns are beautiful!

Thank Phil_Muller
Split, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bongeunsa temple near the business center in the city center. Beautiful complex of Buddhist temples in a large park. Peace silence, people dedicated to prayer and a lot of tourists. Relax and enjoy the visit. During my visit could be seen and sculpture exhibition.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

"Quite mesmerizing" was the sight of these rows of beautiful white paper lanterns overhead stretching from the entrance gate all the way to the first temple building raised up on concrete pillars, and more white paper lanterns along with red ones are to be seen in that building & the one right behind (pretty much connected to the first building)... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit, its a temple that is still in use so its great to see the traditional Buddhists walking around. Also a good break from the hustle of the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you will find this place for your Buddhist respect. Local Korean come to pray with rice and beans or paper lantern, donate money for temple maintenance. It's full of colorful lanterns.

Thank MadameMam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was impress with the art of this temple..no entrance fee..we came inside..through labyrinth of lotus see inside the temple and got out..no clue this temple history...

Thank saribali
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful Budhist Temple older than a thousand year, close to Bongeunsa Station ( Subway Line 9 ) Good for Visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Unfortunately, greater Seoul has grown all around this old centre of Korean Buddhism. The grounds are quite spacioius (there's even a lovely wooded hill behind), but wherever you wander, you're never quite free from traffic noise. This is a functioning temple, not a mere tourist attraction, so parts of it are constantly being remodelled. It's not quite as "romantic" as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We spent an amazing afternoon here with the family. There are so many things to see that it can take hours to get through everything! The flowers, lanterns, and multiple smaller temples are worth seeing. This location is right across from the fun COEX Mall.

Thank Kyle H
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

You can pay for a tour to the Temple but it's $45 each. Alternative is 45 minutes on a train at a fraction of the cost. Metro is easy ans signs in English help. People at the station and information guides are as helpful. An interesting active temple so remember this as noise and going inside are restricted.

Thank Hugary1

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Samseongdong / COEX
A large business hub, Samseongdong is anchored by Korea’s World Trade Center, where many important business exhibitions and meetings are held. The enormous COEX mall sprawls underground, providing a myriad of things to do and see, including a large aquarium and movie theater. For a bit of peace and zen, head over to the ornate Bongeunsa Temple which is one of Korea’s most important places of worship. Or take a stroll nearby through the tranquil royal burial grounds of Seonjeongneung, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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