Bongeunsa Temple
Bongeunsa Temple
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Bongeunsa • 4 min walk
  • Cheongdam • 9 min walk
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  • 197gabes
    Singapore, Singapore160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historical temple
    This beautiful temple located just opposite the Starfield Coex mall. It’s a perfect place to go soak in some zen and leave your worries behind, although it’s located at the heart of the busy Gangnam district, entering the temple and one feels like being taken lightyear away from the city. The compound is very well kept and there are informative signs posted to help foreigners better appreciate the significance of various items. Taking a slow walk around the compound and exploring the different temple building architecture and statues of Buddha is a great way to release any tension or stress. Also it seems that there are events scheduled on site throughout the year, so if happen to visit on days when there is an event scheduled it would definitely take the experience to a whole new level.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 17, 2023
  • San Jules
    Malaysia53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing temple in the heart of Seoul!
    Very peaceful & spiritual, just the right words for the temple. It is located just walking distant from the COEX. I came on Thursday and it was almost empty, you can just walk around as freely. Interestingly you can find Buddhist ceremony called Jeongdaebulsa which held on the ninth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar! Nearby you can get a lot of souvenirs like mini Buddha statue, prayer beads, Jade etc at nearby store within the temple complex.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Caroline C
    North Vancouver, Canada20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    worth a visit
    Definitely worth the visit. I walked the peaceful meditation trail, which was the perfect length for reflection without feeling tedious. It offered several peaceful vantage points. I was in and out in about 45 minutes. As a person who speaks no Korean, it was a nice break from the hustle and confusion of Seoul.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 15, 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Temple
    I was really glad I stopped here. The temple has several buildings and is very colorful. The building at the top is particularly impressive. I got lucky and got to hear their band rehearse. It was very interesting and the people in the band were very welcoming, Recommended.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2024
  • TJeinsteinwood
    Deal, United Kingdom891 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning
    Wow what an incredible place! We took the green line subway to stop 219 and walked through the Coex mall to find it. We went to the tourist information building when we arrived and the man volunteering - he didn't have a name badge on - was absolutely incredible! He gave us a map in English and went through it, sharing why certain buildings are important, where to get great photos and lots of stories about being Buddhist. It completely made our visit- without that we wouldn't have appreciated what we were looking at and understood it's importance. The buildings and gardens are absolutely beautiful and very peaceful. We were so lucky to see the cherry blossom out too. A must see when in Seoul. Stunning.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 10, 2024
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Sarah C
Delft, The Netherlands20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I loved coming here when the city started to feel a bit overwhelming. You can sit to mediate or go for a walk. I enjoyed wandering among the serene buildings and walking the peaceful forest path. This is a real hidden gem in the heart of Gangnam and less busy / touristy than other popular temples in Seoul. And it's free to visit! Highly recommend.
Written June 28, 2022
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MoTravel
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Bongeunsa Temple is a beautiful temple tucked inside of the busy district of Gangnam, so I would recommend anyone visiting the area to check it out! My friend and I signed up online for the "Thursday Templelife Program," a 2-hour program that involves participating in a few different activities. I thought it was a great way to experience the temple.

We received an email with an overview of instructions a day before the reservation, and everything was well organized upon arrival. We participated in a tea ceremony, a guided tour of the temple and its buildings, and copying sutras. All the staff were welcoming and knowledgeable!
Written October 19, 2022
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TJeinsteinwood
Deal, UK891 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Wow what an incredible place!

We took the green line subway to stop 219 and walked through the Coex mall to find it.

We went to the tourist information building when we arrived and the man volunteering - he didn't have a name badge on - was absolutely incredible! He gave us a map in English and went through it, sharing why certain buildings are important, where to get great photos and lots of stories about being Buddhist. It completely made our visit- without that we wouldn't have appreciated what we were looking at and understood it's importance.

The buildings and gardens are absolutely beautiful and very peaceful. We were so lucky to see the cherry blossom out too.

A must see when in Seoul. Stunning.
Written April 10, 2024
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ESKPLosAngeles
Los Angeles, CA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
If you're staying in Gangnam, you must go see this gem in the city. In 2019. though I was able to see the temple from my hotel room at Intercontinental Grand Parnas, I didn't go & regretted. When I visited again in April 2022, I visited while I was waiting for my room to be ready. It's a beautiful, inspirational place that I did not expect in the middle of Gangnam. The Temple is across the street from CoEx Mall. The gift shop also had very interesting items at affordable prices, including temple "wears."
Written November 27, 2022
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197gabes
Singapore, Singapore160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This beautiful temple located just opposite the Starfield Coex mall. It’s a perfect place to go soak in some zen and leave your worries behind, although it’s located at the heart of the busy Gangnam district, entering the temple and one feels like being taken lightyear away from the city.
The compound is very well kept and there are informative signs posted to help foreigners better appreciate the significance of various items.
Taking a slow walk around the compound and exploring the different temple building architecture and statues of Buddha is a great way to release any tension or stress.
Also it seems that there are events scheduled on site throughout the year, so if happen to visit on days when there is an event scheduled it would definitely take the experience to a whole new level.
Written October 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

San Jules
Malaysia53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Very peaceful & spiritual, just the right words for the temple. It is located just walking distant from the COEX. I came on Thursday and it was almost empty, you can just walk around as freely. Interestingly you can find Buddhist ceremony called Jeongdaebulsa which held on the ninth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar! Nearby you can get a lot of souvenirs like mini Buddha statue, prayer beads, Jade etc at nearby store within the temple complex.
Written January 5, 2024
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Amy S
Belper, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Beautiful, serene temple in the heart of the city. I loved the entrance where you are welcomed with hundreds of lotus flower blooms. We had to return to climb the steps to see the Buddha because it was so hot when we went first but I'm so glad we did as it is awe-inspiring.
Written August 20, 2022
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Kat
Seoul, South Korea2,136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Although, due to Corona Virus, the temple grounds were almost empty, I came here for some inner peace and inspirations. This is one of my top three favorite temples in Seoul and I come here a lot - during all the seasons. This time, it was quiet and almost ghostly - like most of the area on the day I went. But I found it beautiful and meaningful and I did enjoy my stroll around. The temple grounds are just opposite of Coex and offer a perfect comparison of the old, and traditional to the new surrounding buildings. Not a place to miss when visiting Seoul.
Written March 12, 2020
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Bongeunsa is a major Buddhist temple at the bustling heart of Seoul's Gangnam area. Largely destructed during the Korean War, it is now restored to its past glory. While the structure itself is neat and solemn like other temples, a visit during autumn is a huge plus with the colorful leaves scattered around the worshipping halls. Free admission.
Written November 13, 2022
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Mohan
Anytown, USA289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Bongeunsa Temple is a large, beautiful Buddhist temple located in the heart of bustling Seoul. By some accounts, it is perhaps the biggest Buddhist temple in Seoul.

I saw it from the window of the hotel where I was staying during a recent visit and I decided to walk down. The temple complex consists of many buildings with one where the main shrine is located.
Written February 24, 2020
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