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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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73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
+82 2-511-6070
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Seoul is such a large city - you don't realise the scale of it until you get there and it is clear the maps don't really do it justice. We came here because we saw some awesome pictures online of the buddha with the backdrop...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 241mcf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is quite spacious with a lot of worshippers. It is easily accessible in from of the COEX center and transportations stations.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sipivu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Buddhist temple is located in Gangnam district just across CoEx. It's a good example of an old structure meets modern buildings. The temple offers temple stay wherein foreigners can understand and experience what monks do in their daily lives. Nice place to visit and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Derick G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit of peace and calm in a bustling city. Good to have a stroll through the temple and have some time to reflect. Our favourite temple that we visited in Seoul.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ckmc188
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited on a Saturday in January. No crowds and mass was in process which added to my experience! Check it out for a piece of history in Korea

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debra P
Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

On the other side of the temple, there are buildings including COEX, so if you go there at night, you can see beautiful night views. This temple has been a historic site since the Silla Dynasty. During King Myeongjong's reign during the Joseon Dynasty, priest...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank linewalk
Reviewed 17 January 2019

Bongeunsa is an amazing place: a large temple complex that sits across the street from a busy shopping mall-hotel complex, and which is surrounded by tall buildings of the new town. The grounds have several old, traditional temple buildings, as well as a semi-circular open-air...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank indysax
Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

It’s hard to believe that there is a small quiet temple nestled between tall city buildings. Bongeunsa Temple offered a quiet place to visit. There are prayers held there daily so visitors should be mindful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SueT0826
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

Just opposite COEX shopping mall, this temple is another attraction of it’s own. Take more time to visit all the temple halls and the main attraction is tall Buddha and a open air area surrounded in a forest where devotees meditate and pray.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pictureski
Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

You are an early riser tourist and looking for something to do. I would recommend Bongeunsa Temple which is located next to COEX Mall. It is being described as a millennial Buddhist temple that commands a rich history of over 1,200 years. Understand that they...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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22 May 2018|
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Response from RddBo | Reviewed this property |
This tour occurs every Thursday at 2pm, get there minutes early and the cost was arround 10,000W
Yeo Q
16 July 2017|
Response from Yappas | Reviewed this property |
Hi there -- you have to email or call the temple directly. I saw the sign when i walked in.
6 January 2016|
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