Bongeunsa Temple Tours

Situated in Seoul’s stylish Gangnam district, Bongeunsa Temple was founded in 794. Though it has been rebuilt many times, the temple remains an important center of Seon (Zen) Buddhism in South Korea. Panjeon, the oldest hall in the complex, is home to some 3,000 woodblocks carved with Buddhist scriptures and religious art.
 
The Basics
Though it’s not the most famous temple in Seoul—that distinction belongs to Jogyesa Temple—Bongeunsa Temple is featured on many tours of the city’s ritzy Gangnam district, along with Garosu-gil Road, COEX Mall, and the Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs. Visitors can also opt to book an overnight temple stay, which typically includes monastic meals, a traditional tea ceremony, a temple tour, and guided meditation. Overnight stays must be booked in advance.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The temple is worth a trip for spiritual travelers or those visiting the Gangnam District.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Remember to dress respectfully, as the temple serves an active Buddhist community.
  • Restrooms are available on the temple grounds.
 
How to Get There
Bongeunsa is centrally located in Samseong-dong, Gangnam, and is easily accessible either on foot or by public transportation. Take Seoul subway line 9 to Bongeunsa Temple Station and leave through Exit 1.
 
When to Get There
The temple is open daily year-round, but the best time to visit is Thursday when the complex hosts a Temple Life program for visitors. Visit during the Lotus Lantern Festival in April to see the temple fully decorated for the celebration of Buddha’s birthday.
 
Jeongdaebulsa, A Celebration of Scripture
Each September, Bongeunsa Temple plays host to a Buddhist ceremony called Jeongdaebulsa. Visitors to the temple complex during this single-day event can see monks marching through the grounds carrying scriptures on their heads and reciting the Buddhist rites.
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Full-Day Gangnam City Highlights Tour with Lunch

Visit Seoul’s most stylish district and experience high-flying city life on this full-day Gangnam tour with lunch. Travel with your guide to Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs to see the burial sites of Joseon Dynasty royalty. Visit Bongeunsa Temple, which dates from the Shilla King Weongseong’s reign. Enjoy a lunch of seasonal local food, then head to the COEX Aquarium — one of South Korea’s largest aquariums. Stroll along the upscale Garosu-gill Road beneath native gingko trees and browse the designer stores and boutique shops.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Gangnam District Tour in Seoul Including COEX Aquarium and Han River Cruise

See the highlights of Seoul’s popular Gangnam District on a Han River cruise followed by a tour of Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple dating back to the Silla Dynasty. Your afternoon itinerary includes admission to COEX Aquarium, where more than 40,000 sea creatures are on display in exhibition tanks and discover zones. With a knowledgable guide you’ll learn about landmarks such as Seoul Olympic Stadium, seen from the water.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul 4-Hour Afternoon Tour of the Han River Cruise, Aqua Planet 63, and Sky Art

See a wonderful exhibit before departing for a 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the Han River. View Seoul from a different perspective as you float past key landmarks. After, you will enjoy a visit to the Sky Art Observatory. This half-day tour in the afternoon includes round-trip hotel transport by minivan.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Afternoon Coex Aquarium, Han River Cruise Tour

One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul, Gangnam is home to top attractions including Bongeunsa Temple and the COEX Aquarium. On this half-day tour, visit both sites in one day with entry fees included, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Han River. With round-trip travel from your Seoul hotel included, you’re free to soak up the city scenery.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Maple Tree and Mt. Naejang Day Trip from Seoul

At 7am your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby and take you to begin your private 3.5 hour drive to Mt.Naejang. When you reach Mt.Naejang, you will try the traditional local cuisine for lunch.  You will have more than 20 side dishes with rice to choose from. After lunch, you will move into the mountain area. You will ride the shuttle bus from the parking lot to the cable car station and go up to the peak of the mountain for a spectacular view. Next you will proceed to the 1000 year old Buddhist temple of Naejangsa.  After enjoying the mountain, you will return to Seoul around 4pm.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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