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Address: 73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
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+82 2-511-6070
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

It’s hard to believe that this large, beautiful Buddhist temple is situated...

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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Perfect place to feel the inner calmness!

Scenic place, you feel 'different' when you visit it. I recommend joining prayers in the main temple.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Scenic place, you feel 'different' when you visit it. I recommend joining prayers in the main temple.

Thank kos_mothernature
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This palace is much smaller than Gyeongbukgung but I find it to be more pleasant as there are more trees around the courtyards. The main hall is surprisingly small. If you have time to visit only one palace, go to Gyeongbukgung but if you happen to be around City Hall area, do drop by for a peaceful stroll.

Thank sammyguy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A peaceful ancient temple in the midst of busyness. Visited the temple in the late afternoon. Met with colourful lanterns and lotus carvings, as well as the early spring bloom.

Thank Chee Hiong T
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this site on a quick visit to Seoul. I wanted to see a Buddhist temple and learn a little about Korean culture in general. I found this place absolutely stunning. The buildings are magnificent, the giant statue of the Buddha breath taking. I took my time to stroll around at my leisure and felt very relaxed, everyone is... More 

Thank mariaortiz
Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ask for a tour. It's free and you will learn so much more than if you just stroll the grounds. And you might just make a new friend like I did.

Thank ajcricket
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place twice. Is a special temple with an unique atmosphere, between modernity and tradition. The soul of Seoul.

1 Thank giuliasani
Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went into the temple when it was already dark out,it must have been 19.00 or close to it so that's the time I'm recommending you show up as it felt like just the right time to be there. There was the sound of prayers echoing throughout the grounds and we sat by the enormous statue at the very back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of my favorite places to visit. The palaces in Seoul are interesting but the temple was more so because it is a working temple. The grounds were alive with monks and worshippers. You can hear monks chanting and see people prostrating to the large Buddha towards the back of the grounds and in the main worship area.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a good short visit but i heard you can spend a night there during the weekends and learn about meditation. Cant verify it though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This temple complex is opposite the COEX shopping centre. There are a lot of buildings and explanations on leaflets. There are opportunities to light candles and present offerings. There is also the tallest stone statue in Korea.

Thank Angela N

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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 take a stroll nearby through the tranquil royal burial grounds of Seonjeongneung, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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