Gilsangsa Shrine
Gilsangsa Shrine
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Rapwalk
Seoul, South Korea114 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
You may hear people recommend this temple, but I'm afraid it is over-rated. The entrance gate promises much, but the remainder of the place is - for a better word - boring. Go to Taiwan instead if you want to see real temples.
Written April 28, 2021
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea26,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
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This temple was located in Seoul Seonbuk-gu area. This area was good to walk with various shape, and the temple was located in end of road. The temple had beautiful architecture, and had good atmosphere. The wind-bell in temple was more good in this atmosphere. Not big temple, but good area to rest.
Written December 22, 2020
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C.S.Lee
Seoul, South Korea29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
You will find this temple on the way to the Korean Furniture Museum, one of the popular tourist sites. But this is not the place you should just pass by.

When I visited the place was a month before Buddha’s birthday, so there were many lanterns hanging. The colorful lanterns are for us, living people while the white ones are for the deceased ones.

The fun fact about this temple is that this place used to be Yojung, the place where powerful and rich people used to hang around with Kiseng (Korean Geisha) up until late 1980s. The owner of the place later turned this place around and donated it to a Buddhism leader.

You should cover yourself if you are wearing a short pant or skirt. They provide some kind of blanket that could cover you.
Written April 25, 2019
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lilmizsara
Madrid, Spain118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
This temple is nestled in a very quiet, wealthy neighbourhood in Seongbuk-ro. It is a little bit of a walk from the main street, although there is a shuttle service bus from one of the bus stops along the street. We went a little late in the evening so there weren’t many people. Very peaceful and quiet and if you venture further in towards the back of the temple you could get very nice views of Seoul. Korean temples tend to be really beautiful and this is no exception.
Written April 18, 2016
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,348 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Recent and modest temple, notwithstanding the impressive gate and some nice landscaping. I was somewhat disappointed, also because it took a while to get there, as the place is not directly accessible via the metro - it's a 25 mn walk from the nearest subway station.
Written January 12, 2020
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mj12
New York City, NY49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
It's certainly very new as far as temples go, but I wanted to see it due to its unique history. It seems the website describes the property as a former restaurant, which it technically was, but in reality it was a famed gisaeng house where back door politics would regularly take place. The owner, a former gisaeng herself, donated the property and it reopened as a temple in 1997. It still retains the original structures, and the grounds are fairly large and a bit different in layout from other temples I've seen. Worth a stop if you're in the area to see the Furniture Museum and are interested in the history.
Written May 11, 2016
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Mike54BU
Singapore, Singapore647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Well worth walking by and checking out this impressive temple. Very well restored and maintained. Nicely perched in Seongbuk. While it is lovely - I would not make this a dedicated special trip - but incorporate it into your tour and walks around the area
Written September 21, 2015
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
On our walk back to the subway after a visit to the Korea Furniture Museum we stopped in to wander around the grounds of this Buddhist temple located in Seonguk-dong. The temple was founded only recently in 1997 yet we imagined it had been here for much longer. Entering in through the front gate our eyes were immediately drawn to the rows and rows of colourful lanterns hanging over a large amount of the outside space. The grounds were very peaceful and relaxing. The temple offers a range of Buddhist programs, mediation classes and temple stays. This destination is not near the city centre, the nearest subway station is Hansung University on Line 4, take Exit 6 either walk as we did up hill for twenty minutes or I have read that there is an option to take a bus.
Written July 22, 2018
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Steven G
Edinburgh, UK248 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
This temple is located in a strikingly quiet neighbourhood of Seoul and it seems to get very few visitors, at least in winter, so visiting it was a very relaxing experience. The compound includes at least as many modern buildings as traditional ones, which did temper my already limited enthusiasm. The souvenir shop was closed, which makes sense the place being so undersubscribed. They advertise Templestay, so you could spend the night with the monks if that's your thing. As with all traditional Korean architecture as far as I know, you do not go indoors at all -visitors are not allowed anywhere inside, and winter in Seoul being what it is, wearing seriously warm clothing is essential, or even better, time your trip in another season.
Written February 20, 2013
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