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Dongguksa Temple

16, Dongguksa-gil, Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
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Japanese style Buddhist temple in Korea

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

Reviewed 3 October 2017
sungwonh2017
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Singapore
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Nice Buddhist Temple in the city. They are rebuilding a lot of it. Several people walking around... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
Bob D
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Gainesville, Virginia
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2 Oct 2017
“Japanese style Buddhist temple in Korea”
7 Mar 2017
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16, Dongguksa-gil, Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

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

Thank sungwonh2017
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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.

Thank Bob D
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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.

Thank Jessie P
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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.

Thank Pan-Bong H
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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.

Thank David G
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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.

Thank Cassie831
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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

1  Thank fscholar
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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

2  Thank kjmagnuson
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