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  • Address: Seoul, South Korea
  • Hours: 3am - 10pm

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Bongeunsa Temple

Originally constructed in the 10th century, Bongeunsa Temple, once known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, is a popular Buddhist temple in Seoul. Considered the epicenter of the Seon sect of the religion, it is both a living ornament and cultural gem of the city. It is also an important breeding ground for Korean texts, and is where sutras have been translated from Chinese since the 1970’s.

The temple grounds contain several large and smaller structures, including the main Buddha Hall, the Grdhrakuta Hall, the Sutra Hall and famously, the Hall of Selecting Buddha, Unhadang Hall and Bowudang Hall. It also contains a traditional tea house and historic and traditional stupas. In front of the Maitreya Hall stands the tallest stone statue of Maitreya Buddha in the country, at 74.5 feet (23 meters), and if you happen to be there during a holiday, the area is often used for outdoor ceremonies and traditional performances.

Practical Info

Bongeunsa is centrally located in Samseong-dong, Gangnam, and is easily accessible either on foot or by public transportation. Take the number 6 subway line to Samseung Station and walk toward the Asem tower to Bongeunsa, or take the number 7 subway line to Cheongdam Station. Parking is also available for just a couple of dollars an hour and if you are taking the bus, there are several lines that take you pretty close to the complex. Always a nice touch, admission is free, and the operating hours are good, open all year around from 3:00am to 10:00pm, with interpretation services offered in English.

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Full-Day Gangnam City Highlights Tour with Lunch, Seoul, null
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Full-Day Gangnam City Highlights Tour with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

On this full day tour, visit the richest area in South Korea, Gangnam, which also is famous for Psy’s song “Gangnam Style." Gangnam-gu is a district within ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $67.50
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Seoul 4-Hour Afternoon Tour Including the Han River Cruise COEX Aquarium and Bongunsa Temple, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Seoul 4-Hour Afternoon Tour Including the Han River Cruise COEX Aquarium and Bongunsa Temple

Enjoy this 4-hour afternoon tour that will show you Seoul from a different perspective. You will enjoy a river cruise, learn about the Han river, experience ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Gangnam District Tour in Seoul Including COEX Aquarium and Han River Cruise, Seoul, City Tours
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Gangnam District Tour in Seoul Including COEX Aquarium and Han River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

This cultural tour lets you experience the highlights of Seoul’s popular Gangnam District. Gangnam – you may have heard the song – is known for its upper-class ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.00

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