Bomunsa Temple
Bomunsa Temple
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Grenville B
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
A worthwhile tour offered by Korean Airlines whilst waiting for a connection. I had 9 hours of layover. This tour was about 6 hours. It’s well worth the time. I met some interesting folks from China, Philippines and USA.
Written March 2, 2020
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Mic
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Amazing temple, just next to the sea. Ganghwado is famous for its fresh shrimps, you'll see a lot of sellers and you might find a shrimp market there.

But it's really complicated to go there.
From Sinchon, you can take the bus 3000 untill Ganghwado (강화도). When you arrive in the bus terminal, take the bus 31 or 37 untill Oepo-ri 외포리 and there take the ferry to cross to Seongmodo (걱모도). And when you finally arrive and this island, you can take a last shuttle bus to the temple.

So from Seoul, you have to expect a total transfert time of around 4 hours to go there and 4 hours to come back. And even though I really liked it I would say it's probably better to stay one night on Ganghwado instead of going back directly to Seoul. On you second day you can go see the Dolmen, another island, hike in a mountain or see some old fortification. In this way, you don't feel like you spend your day in the transport.

To give you an idea, we left Seoul around 8am, arrived at the temple around 12-12:30, walked a bit in the fishermen village of Oepo-ri on our way back and we made it back to Seoul around 18:30-19:00. All in all it still was a great day.
Written October 28, 2014
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hsayori
Strasbourg, France200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
For complete the last rate, you can go to the tourist information in the terminal of the bus., closed mondays. The man who speaks english, informed us very well !! Plan all the day if you want to discover all the island of Ganghwa. Bomunsa temple, Jeondongsa temple, Dolmen park and forteress are very nice !
In the terminal we can buy some local foods cheaper than Seoul. From Seoul take bus 3000, take around 1hour45.
Written September 17, 2013
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Hweiyee
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
Pro: The view from the temple is great. You get to see mudflats and seagulls at the Seokmodo island. There are many things to see in Ganghwa island such as dolmen, museum and palaces, so you should spend 2 days there. It is rich in history ( You could read from here: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/ena/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=312751). It is a destination off the beaten track and there are less tourists around.

Con: It is pretty troublesome to get there, it takes 2 hours from seoul to ganghwa island, and 15 minutes to the seokpori dock, a ferry that takes around 15 minutes, and a local bus to the temple that takes 15 minutes. Bus trips at Ganghwa island is infrequent. Be sure to drop by the tourist information counter at the bus terminal before you head on your journey, he will let you know the bus schedules and the best route to travel.
Written June 15, 2013
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kjmagnuson
Los Angeles, CA668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
Located on Seokmodo Island just off of the much larger Ganghwa Island. Bomunsa was built in a beautiful spot that offers fantastic views. The temple itself is pleasant but not outstanding compared to other more historic Korean temples. What Bomunsa offers is primarily a remote, serene, and beautiful temple.

For me personally the point of greatest interest is the Maaeseokbuljwasang rock carving. This etched carving of the Buddha is 10 meters high and is many centuries old. Bomunsa is an enjoyable temple to visit, but consider that to travel here you must first take a bus from either Incheon or Seoul to Ganghwa Island, and then take a ferry to Seokmodo Island. Quite a bit of effort, but if you have plenty of time on Ganghwa Island, worth your time.
Written January 30, 2013
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jake a
Incheon, South Korea11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
one of the oldest temples in Korea. High up on a mountain with great views of the island below. Located on Seomyeodo an island off of Gangwha island Great views.
Written June 3, 2021
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Jake Aller
Alexandria, VA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
this is one of my favorite temples in Korea. It is not too difficult to get to these days used to be really remote but with the new bridge it is a doable day trip if you staying in Seoul or near the airport. Best way to get here is to rent a car. If you go by public transit take a bus from Sincheon station or from the airport and get off in Gangwha and then take a local bus or taxi.
Written January 27, 2020
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David D
Adelaide, Australia916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is one of the nicest temples I've visited in South Korea. But it's not easy going to get to the top. Very steep although i noticed many older Korean making the trip and in some cases handling it better than the younger generation. At the top is the Buddha carved into stone. Its very intricate and obviously an important temple to the locals. There's a number of buildings with visiting so no need to rush the visit. From the top great views to the sea. Access to the island is by a recently completed bridge. On your way back there are a number of restaurants famous for their crab dishes. I could obtain the name of the one we went to although apparently is was one of the best. I'll included and image for those who can read Korean. Overall a great place to visit so close to Seoul.
Written April 3, 2018
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Stewart S
Saint Joseph, MI629 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Business
This is a very interesting location to visit to learn about old Korean culture and lifestyle. There is a lot to see here and there are always crowds, so best to go early in the day.
Written November 23, 2013
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Relax639876
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
It is one of my favourite place in Korea. It tooks so long to arrive from Seoul , almost 4 hours but now they have a bridge to island so needs only 2 bus trip to arrive there~ we went there to take a photo and eat some good seafood. Enjoyed a lot and took nice photos. If you came to South Korea and stay in Seoul, you should definitely go there. Such a beautiful island , it is a must see place~
Written May 29, 2019
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