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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
Samseongdong / COEX
+82 2-511-6070
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Whether you are Buddist or not, this Temple complex was beautiful and is one of the oldest in Seoul- across the street from the Intercontinental Hotel COEX-Gangnum-gu. It is an easy walk, with beautiful wooden temples.Guests are welcome to participate if they are so inclined...More

Thank Kyle N
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several temples in Bongeunsa, and it is a reverential experience. The prayers, the big Buda statue, the gardens, all are marvelous.

Thank lhgut2001
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amongst the hustle and bustle of gangnam sits this little piece of tranquility with fruitful quince and persimmon trees. A worthwhile visit. They also opened a tea house with views of the main garden.

Thank Foodie_Traveller_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting because this temple is situated in the middle of the city. A visit here gives the opportunity to escape the city life and breathe. We also took part in a calligraphy lession with a monk, which I highly recommend.

1  Thank Tim F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit the temple on the last day since we have nothing much to do. Very well preserve. But, if you coming around SMTOWN area, then can have a short drop off this place for some nice photo.

Thank waihong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is located right next to COEX, a mega shopping mall and convention center. Visit here if you want to add some tradition in your modern traveling day in Seoul.

Thank TravelingLia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I shared with 6 people in the thursday afternoon tour and it was very interesting. Clear explanation during a tour. Attent a session in the temple during prayers (very respectfully) and attent a drawing a drawing sessions that learnt you to meditateby focusing on drawing...More

1  Thank 998robd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the bigest temple of seoul but is wonderfull. i loved visit tempels, every temple is special in it's own way but this was my favorite in Seoul

Thank Happiness_Belle1991
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't expect this temple to be as beautiful as it was. It's not too large but there's quite a bit to see which different sections as well as a staircase at the back leading to another area. The entrance to the temple is lined...More

Thank courtzzzc
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Usually temples are located outside of the city because they should be moved from the capital a long time ago. However, this temple is in the middle of Gangnam. You can be reached by a subway! and you can go to Coex mall after a...More

Thank jaeheey2017
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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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May 21, 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
July 15, 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.
January 6, 2016|
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