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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.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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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 weeks ago

This Buddhist temple is amazing! There are locals that go for prayers, so remember to be quiet and respectful to them. The architecture is beautiful and the goddess statue is magnificent! Definitely a place to stop by for a quiet and peaceful time.

Thank n80mi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bongeunsa is a Buddhist temple founded in 794 during the Silla (one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea) period. The temple has more than 1,000 years of history and has many interesting historic and cultural features, including woodblock carvings of the Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Garland...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

It's a large temple next to the coex mall. Lots of locals were visiting to offer prayers in the evening, the time we visited. Please do respect them. There is a small souvenir shop at the premises with a decent collecting. The shop staff told...More

Thank zapumal
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

I toured the Bongeunsa Temple on a guided tour on 10th October 2017. The Goddess of Mercy is a very pretty statue. There are also various buildings in this temple premises. I’m downloading photos to display Bongeunsa Temple.

Thank Baby008
Reviewed 13 December 2017

The gongs sounds twice a day - 4:20 am and 6:20 pm - which you can hear if you stay at a hotel nearby. The grounds are free to wander, and it's a peaceful place to walk after a busy day around the city. Small...More

Thank CleopatraBunny
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Very nice temple. We just took a taxi from the hotel and visited it during the evening. By the way, all temples are open 24 hrs.

2  Thank Dmitry S
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The temple complex is a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of an urban jungle in Gangnam, Seoul. A serene place where people can go escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. The artifacts found in this temple in my opinion is a lot better...More

Thank wenlong3788
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Visited this place while they’ve praying session. Its a great experience for us to see and learn how the culture here. The temple also have a nice and calm garden theme compound. A lot of bonsai and pear trees around. How i wish i can...More

Thank Dean J
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This was one of the places I always wanted to visit after seeing a photo of the temple with the sky line of Gangnam in the background. The temple is very easy to find and is located just across the road from COEX mall. I...More

Thank yuki-ukko
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Look out for the hazelnut tree at the entrance of the temple. It was the first time our kids get to see a hazelnut tree and they were so excited. There are also red dates, persimmon and Chinese pear trees in the temple. There is...More

Thank Sng L
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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16 July 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.
Alexey K
6 January 2016|
Response from zapumal |
13 October 2015|
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Response from H1270XMJohnG | Reviewed this property |
We only used private guides. If your party is 4 or more persons, the $100-125 per day is really worth it. Viatour has them.