Hwagyesa Temple

Hwagyesa Temple, Seoul

Hwagyesa Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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idil a
6 contributions
Healing and meditation♡
Nov 2020 • Solo
It was my first time in temple stay. Amazing experince. Hwagyesa is very close to city centre but also in a very peaceful, silent location. The surrounding is beautiful, the temple family is so kind and nice, they welcomed us so warmly!
The food is very delicious as well.
This is an unforgettable experience, definitely recommended!
Written November 8, 2020
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Alice Hong
South Korea4 contributions
A hidden gem of Seoul
Jul 2020
I was able to get close and personal with the residing monks and nuns of Hwagyesa during my overnight stay. It involved doing 108 prostrations and waking up at the crack of dawn, which I feel very proud to have done! Recommended for anybody needing a momentary break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Very close to Suyu station and Bukhansan mountain for convenience.
Written July 30, 2020
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Ida Von Achen
2 contributions
mountain temple at the edge of the city
Jul 2020 • Solo
I was lucky enough to be able to experience a Templestay program at this Temple. Tbe staff and the munk who took care of us were very helpful and kind. I loved the hike we dis in the morning, making salt mandala and tea time it wasn't as bad waking up at 4 am because the chanting of the munks were beautiful. The food was delicious too, I would definitely come back here!
Written July 24, 2020
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Anna F
Ballincollig, Ireland8 contributions
Place of peace and tranquility
Mar 2018 • Solo
I decided to venture there on my own, o used 152 bus that took around 45 min, short walk from the final stop and it was absolutely amazing, peaceful and joyful. No tourist, no crowds.. The surrounding was magical
Written March 13, 2018
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Heritago
53 contributions
serenity
Oct 2017 • Couples
This historical temple is kind of large with lots of buildings and structures. As it is located in Jiri Mountain, the air is very clean, and there are good walkways for light-walking. Coffee served in the front shop was of poor quality (kind of instant family, I guess). Maybe Korean tea is preferred. One walkway - I would say paved - along the stream is very nice with thick trees. Around one hour walking can be very exciting. (I did not try over 30 min, one way.) I stayed at Hanhwa Hotel, and it is around 0.6 mile away, so very convenient. Rest room inside the temple is terrible. One at the parking lot (near the shop) is a lot nicer.
Written October 18, 2017
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JasChua
Singapore128 contributions
Away from the crowd
Apr 2016 • Friends
The location is about 20-30min walk from Suyu Metro Station. We took a cab instead. The place is serene, away from the crowd. When we arrived, there was chanting session. So there was quite a bit of movement in the carpark. Much smaller than I expected. Unless you intend to chant or stay over the temple experience, the touring of the place should take only about 1 hour, but still worth visiting.
Written June 2, 2016
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Thlynski
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Large, But Quiet, Off of the Tourist Circuit
Dec 2015 • Solo
Neat place worth visiting if you will be spending a while in Seoul. I walked there from Suyu Station which takes about 20 minutes from Exit 4. There are no pedestrian signs pointing the way, but look above the road and follow the signs for cars and you will find it!

I visited in the fall after the leaves had fallen off the trees, which allows for a view of the temple complex (especially the largest building) from the hill next to it.
Written December 17, 2015
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Gary M
Shanghai, China225 contributions
An old buddhist temple
Jul 2014 • Solo
A real gem of a community temple in northern Seoul. Founded in 1300s it is quite old, and had I not been on foot, would probably have not found it. Small store on site, and some walking trails, as well as a beautiful bell tower. Quite off the beaten track, you really need to take the bus to get here, or follow the trails over the mountain from the fortress, to the golf range, and then walk down the hill, turn right in the small village and go past the bus station. Really peaceful buddhist shrine
Written July 2, 2014
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uncoeuraweigh
Taipei, Taiwan84 contributions
Great way to spend a Sunday in Seoul
Having lived near HwaGyeSa, i visited several times. It's a good 25 minute walk up a mild slope to actually reach the temple, but a very peaceful walk with some nice statues and architecture to admire along the way. The temple is very photogenic, so bring a camera. Just remember it's a place of worship, and be respectful. Discreet photography does not seem to be frowned upon. Wandering the temple grounds can be intimidating at first. It's more a functional temple than a tourist attraction, so there are no signs or boundaries marking off-limits areas. I've found that there really are no forbidden areas (if you stay outside). Buddhists are pretty lax, so as long as you don't poke around too much, and give a respectful little bow to any passing monks, you'll receive smiles from almost everyone. Every Sunday theres a Dharma talk in English given by an enthralling Canadian monk. These are often recorded and broadcast on local tv stations. There are also a number of Russian and German monks around. A really great place to spend a full Sunday and get an authentic Korean experience.
Written February 3, 2008
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  • Sun - Sun 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


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