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Bongeunsa Temple

73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
+82 2-511-6070
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“coex mall” (63 reviews)
“big buddha” (11 reviews)
“monks chanting” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
Samseongdong / COEX
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+82 2-511-6070
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"coex mall"
in 63 reviews
"big buddha"
in 11 reviews
"monks chanting"
in 10 reviews
"standing buddha"
in 8 reviews
"paper lanterns"
in 9 reviews
"tea ceremony"
in 12 reviews
"gangnam district"
in 11 reviews
"peaceful place"
in 17 reviews
"buddha's birthday"
in 12 reviews
"busy city"
in 18 reviews
"main hall"
in 9 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 6 reviews
"lantern festival"
in 9 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 10 reviews
"walk around"
in 12 reviews
"meditation"
in 31 reviews
"lotus"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed today

Just behind the COEX is this nice temple, which makes it the perfect place to escape from busy conference life for a few minutes.

Thank svenb662
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Reviewed yesterday

Nice temple with some pretty buildings. Easy to get to and walk around. Takes about 40 minutes to see everything. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank CarSteHolden
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A great place to visit. Amazing how such a quiet and peaceful place has remained in the middle of a busy city. Won’t take long to walk around but really worth a visit.

Thank Colin M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There’s a nice teahouse on the grounds of the Temple. You can sit at conventional tables or at more traditional tables. The staff does not speak English, but were great with hand gestures, pointing and laughter. Lots of fun.

Thank Todd H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place for an evening stroll if you are staying in the area and looking for a change of scenery.

Thank Mr_and_Mrs_Alnoaimi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the temple as we were meeting a friend nearby at the COEX. It's quite amazing that a temple like this exists in the middle of a busy area in Seoul full of tall, modern buildings. It feels so secluded and tranquil you can be...More

Thank doofvfood
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for photos of the Buddha and the view. Easy to get to from subway. Lots of stairs but worth it. It's FREE so i recommend going there during the week.

Thank pippymoon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is just across our hotel by the Coex and it's almost a crime if you don't go visit it. I find it very minimalistic but with nice and serene feel. You can see people praying and meditating so that is very nice and...More

Thank klvdm
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For business in Seoul, I had the opportunity to see the temple while a ceremony was on going. Very colorful, with a big statue in marble. Wonderful the small Buddhas present in the grass. Look for them while walking

Thank Pinko07
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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

Comparing with Jogyesa temple, I prefer this one because it’s much bigger, more beautiful and has more to see. Unfortunately it is much harder to get to but we were lucky as we were with a tour guide. You can enter the halls and watch...More

Thank JacquelineMa
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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
...More
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Richard G
May 21, 2018|
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Response from ltuquyen73 | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t go with tour guide.
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yqmelody
July 15, 2017|
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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.
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Alexey K
January 6, 2016|
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Response from zapumal |
8pm
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