We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Pleasure

Good place Went there on Dec 2018 Visited with my colleagues Didn’t disappoint Close to Gunsan... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Abdesh123
,
Kitchener, Canada
via mobile
Interesting

The tour was in Korean so we didn't understand a thing but we walked around by ourselves. It was... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2016
Jessie P
Read all 61 reviews
67
All photos (67)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good51%
  • Average19%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
2 weeks ago
“Pleasure”
2 Oct 2017
“Japanese style Buddhist temple in Korea”
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
-1°
Dec
-3°
Jan
-2°
Feb
Contact
16, Dongguksa-gil, Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Website
Improve This Listing
Reviews (61)
Filter reviews
9 results
Traveller rating
3
5
1
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
3
5
1
0
0
See what travellers are saying:
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place Went there on Dec 2018 Visited with my colleagues Didn’t disappoint Close to Gunsan city Downtown

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Abdesh123
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and historic site. It was built in Japanese imperial period. Now a korean monk manages the temple.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank sungwonh2017
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Nice Buddhist Temple in the city. They are rebuilding a lot of it. Several people walking around. Nice statue all dressed up. Went inside seen the budda and drum. Makes for some good pictures.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Bob D
Reviewed 28 June 2016

The tour was in Korean so we didn't understand a thing but we walked around by ourselves. It was relaxing a peaceful.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Jessie P
Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is a japnese-style buddhist temple which was built in the japanese-ruled era. This is located near the japanese-style house village.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank PanbongHa
Reviewed 9 December 2015

Small, but very beautiful Japanese-style Buddhist temple, apparently the last one of its kind in Korea still operating as a Buddhist temple. For me, the most beautiful aspect of it was the backdrop of magnificent old-growth bamboo, which is also rare in Korea.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank David G
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Dongguksa is the only surviving Japanese style temple in Korea. It is rather small, but pretty enough. If you plan to visit, an hour is more than sufficient. Overall, I was a little underwhelmed... but I can appreciate the significance of the temple.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Cassie831
Reviewed 21 January 2014

The temple built during the time of Japanese colonization of Korea gives a good example of how religion was used to aid the imperialism against ordinary people and makes one wonder whether and how peace between the two countries can be made. It is absolutely...More

Date of experience: January 2014
1  Thank fscholar
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Gunsan is the location of some of the best-preserved Japanese colonial architecture in Korea. For much of Post-WWII Korea, Japanese buildings have been routinely demolished, often with fanfare. It is perhaps understandable considering the brutal Japanese rule Korea suffered under for 35 years. Suprisingly, Dongguksa...More

Date of experience: July 2012
2  Thank kjmagnuson
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 14 nearby hotels
Savills Hotel
34 reviews
1.69 km away
Ramada Gunsan Hotel
124 reviews
3.08 km away
Benikea Gunsan Riverhill Tourist Hotel
11 reviews
6.13 km away
Hotel Western
93 reviews
10.06 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 4,033 nearby restaurants
Our Rice Cake Jihwa Ja
.13 km away
Kyu Karaoke
.16 km away
Small Earth Floor
.19 km away
Se Wol Village
.20 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 29 nearby attractions
Japanese-style House in Sinheung-dong (Hirotsu House)
101 reviews
.40 km away
Gunsan Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall
25 reviews
.94 km away
Old Gunsan Custom House
35 reviews
1.00 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Dongguksa Temple staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines