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Bongeunsa Temple

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Samseongdong / COEX
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Address: Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
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Phone Number: +82 2-511-6070
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Lovely and peaceful spot in the city

Beautiful, peaceful temple right across from the Coex mall. It opens at 3 am so it was the perfect place to visit when jet-lag kept waking us up early.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful, peaceful temple right across from the Coex mall. It opens at 3 am so it was the perfect place to visit when jet-lag kept waking us up early.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just across the street from coex, this extremely beautiful temple just has it all. Peaceful and bewildering Buddhist temple which is quite large with a lot to see. Try being there early- at around 5am - to see the Buddhist prayers and get the calming sensation. It is well worth the visit and taking part in the activities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and scenery.. Good to quiet one mind with the nice weather and beautiful. Feel so blessed and glad to have a chance to visit this temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A giant old asian castle. Close to the train station and incorporates a museum in the middle, some of it is still under construction but the place is massive so plenty to see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Buddhist temple, for me, was my biggest discovery in Seoul. with more than 1200 years of history, this place is clean, exquisitely beautiful and retains a surreal charm. One can attend the ceremonies and chants in the main hall, and I wish I had more time to spend here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bongeunsa in Gangnam district, is a temple highly popular with tourists. It is very easy to go there with a metro station (Bongeunsa) right at the door-step of Bongeunsa Temple. This temple is said to be the largest temple in Seoul during the Joseon Period. After the temple visit, Coex Mall is just across the road. With the largest under-ground... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here 3 times. This temple been around for >1000 years and there are plenty of precious relic including old paintings, buddhist sutras. Other than the main temple hall, there are quite a few small structures around the site. Dont be discourage when you see the hall is closed, not sure why it is always closed unlike temple in other... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the templelife program allows you to follow the activities of the temple, take part in the guided tour within the temple, understand better Korean culture and buddhism, experience Korean tea ceremony and zen meditation.

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bongeunsa is a beautiful temple area which is literally across the street from COEX Mall. You can get there by car taxi or subway(any station near COEX) Thankfully it's not on a mountain as many Korean temples are. There main building has some beautiful features inside including religious statues. There are a number of buildings around the complex and I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the very entrance you could sense the seperation from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding neighborhood. When I visited there were renovation works, but the route was designed as serpent, when you go through a stunning looks of many lotuses. Take your time to visit the several pagodas, sit a while in silence while gazing at the breath... More 

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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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