Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple, Seoul

Bongwonsa Temple
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Neighborhood: Seodaemun
Walk within this area, centered on what used to be the western gate of traditional Seoul, and you'll get a glimpse of Korea’s past through the beautiful and historic buildings that are scattered throughout. Whether wandering around Deoksugung’s palace walls or touring more historically somber sites such as Seodaemun Prison, this is one of the best places for culture, architecture, and history lovers. Jeongdong in particular is a beautiful place for a stroll in spring and autumn.

12 reviews
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Seoul, South Korea6 contributions
My neighborhood Buddhist Temple
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is a working temple not a tourist site. The original temple was founded nearby in 889AD on what is now Yonsei University campus it was moved to current location in 1748. Even after living in Seoul for a year it amazes me the history around almost every corner. This temple is so beautiful and easy to get to you'd be crazy not to visit but then again temples are kinda a thing with me.
Written July 30, 2019
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Amy M
Seoul, South Korea10 contributions
Buddhist Ceremony to Soothe the Dead - SPECTACULAR!
Jun 2018 • Friends
The Ceremony to Soothe the Dead was the most amazing cultural experience I have attended! I will definitely mark my calendar for June 6th, Korean Memorial Day, to attend next year.

Even if you missed it, a visit to the Bongwon Buddhist Temple is a must! Look for the Mountain Spirit painting in one the hall with with Buddha of the Future. The Mountain Spirit will have a tiger and a kingly man with a pine tree behind him. The Mountain Spirit is unique to Korea, where the Buddhist Monks ask the Mountain Spirit for permission to live on his mountain.

I also found the Hall of the 3000 Buddhas stunning. Each of the 3000 Buddhas reigns over his own universe reminding us of the vastness of the universe.

I have created a video to show some of the highlights from the Yeongsanjae Ritual and walks you through the Bongwon Buddhist Temple on my YouTube - Amy Moncure.
Written June 12, 2018
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Istanbul, Turkey310 contributions
Buddhist music listening
Sep 2016 • Solo
Here is in the city center to be able to reach easily. Very beautiful temple with a garden waterlilies on pot and chance to hear people who practise buddhist songs, because also a place to teach buddhist music.
Written September 27, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore100 contributions
Quiet temple in the hills
May 2016 • Friends
This is a nice quiet temple up on the hill. It is not on the tourist map and is mostly overlooked. When I inquired about this at the Tourist Information center in Insadong, the receptionist didn't even know about this temple and had to Google it. She kept thinking I wanted to go to Bongeunsa instead.

The temple is up on the hill slope so you have to walk up the slope from the bus stop.

It's a simple temple with a few temple halls. One of them is the Three Thousand Buddhas hall that had many little Buddha statues.

Behind the temple, there are trekking trails further into the hill.

That temple is nothing particularly spectacular. But it is a nice excursion trip to an old temple with a rich history. It has nice environ and atmosphere. If you like to explore old temples, you will like it.

Bus 7024 from Sinchon subway (green line, exit 3) will terminate at the Bongwonsa stop. Note that the road where this bus stop is located may be close to traffic during weekends. Then you will need to walk towards Yonsei University and take the bus from opposite Severance Hospital.
Written May 25, 2016
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Seoul, South Korea23 contributions
Lovely experience
Jul 2015 • Friends
A beautiful temple, especially in Summer when the lotuses are out. A great idea to pack a picnic basket and wander into the mountain.
No information in English though.
Written July 23, 2015
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Bangkok, Thailand583 contributions
Lovely hilltop monastery
May 2014 • Friends
Bongwonsa Temple was not in my original Seoul itinerary but I am very happy I made the visit. Sitting on a hill on the outskirts of the capital, Bongwonsa is not yet a tourist stop but that is okay. Eminently peaceful with just a few visitors walking around, this is a small temple for meditation and worship more than anything. It has about three main buildings. One was filled with little Buddhas that I absolutely fell in love me. Another was a hall basically for mediation.
Bongwonsa Temple may not offer spectacular photo opportunities, but certain angles were so charming. It is one of those places you feel as those you "discovered" on your journey. In that sense, it was a truly rewarding experience.
Written May 29, 2014
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