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Buddhist Temples in Seoul, South Korea

  • 2017.10.19
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Buddhist Temples in Seoul, South Korea

Despite a fairly secular society, traditional Buddhist and Confucian philosophies remain ingrained with Korean culture. Seoul has a lot of Buddhist Temples stretching across the city. It is cool to see how the traditional and modern architecture co-exist together in Seoul.

Bongeunsa Temple (봉은사)

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Bongeunsa Temple is the biggest, richest, and most visited Buddhist temple in Seoul. Bongeunsa Temple is located south of the Hangang (Han River) and north of the COEX Mall in Gangnam-gu. It once was known as Gyeongseongsa when first built when the King Wonseong of Silla ruled.

Gyeongseongsa was refurbushed in 1498 by Queen Jeonghyun and was renamed as Bongeunsa.

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As the Bongeunsa Temple is located in the middle of the busy city, Gangnam, the temple provides a quiet resting place for locals and tourists. It is a home of a large statue of Buddha.

Opening Hours : From 3:00 - 22:00 (Open all year round)

Admission Fees : Free

Parking Fees : Free for the first 30 minutes, 3,000 won for every one additional hour after

Activity Information

[Temple Stay]

- Tea Ceremony experience

- Temple tour

- 108 Bows

- Buddhist Service

- Interacting with monks and etc.

- Check out Bongeunsa's official website for more info

Interpretation Services offered : English and Japanese

Address : 531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Jogyesa Temple (조계사)

Jogyesa Temple is the Central temple and symbol of Korean Buddhism. It is the #1 temple of the 1st District of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It was originally built in 1910 and is also located in the heart of the city which allows a lot of locals and tourists to stop by easily. It is really cool to see the contrast between the city and the temple. 

Daeungjeon Hall, the main hall of the temple and it has a statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, the medicine Buddha, and the Buddha of rebirth. The three Buddha's are the main of the temple.

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Lotus Lantern Festival

Jogyesa Temple plays an important role in Korean Buddhism as the head temple of Jogye order. Jogyesa Temple’s Dharma Hall serves as the main venue for several Buddhist events, holding rituals, lectures, ceremonies, and other events all year long. The annual lantern festival in celebration of Buddhist’s birthday also takes place at this temple.

Opening Hours : from 9:00 - 18:00

Admission Fees : Free

Activity Information

[Temple Stay one day]

- Discover true relaxation through awakening

- Learn temple etiquette and making lotus flower, or salt mandala and a tea time with a monk

- Every 1st and 2nd Fridays from 13:00 - 16:00 (once a month)

-  For a group of more than 5 people, please make an inquiry before making a reservation

[Temple Stay 1 night 2 days]

- Balwugongyang and making lotus flower, or salt mandala, Chamseon (Zen meditation), Yebul, 108 bows, tea ceremony demonstration and tea time.

- Every 4th Fridays and Saturdays (Once a month)

Address : 55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Bongwonsa Temple (봉원사)

As the center of Korean Buddhism Taego, Bongeunsa Temple is a thousand year old temple with a long history and tradition. It is located at the skirt of Ansan Mountain in bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul which is not too far from Yonsei University.  In 889 (3rd year of Shilla/Silla), Master Doseon-Quksa founded it at the ground of Yeonhui Palace (now Yonsei Univ.) and named it Banyasa Temple. 

It was destroyed during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, and later in 1748 (24th year of Joseon King Yeongjo’s reign), it was rebuilt and renamed “Bongwonsa” by two Buddhist monks, Chanjeup and Jeungam. 

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Opening Hours : Open all year round 24/7

Admission Fees : Free

Address : 120, Bongwonsa-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Yeonghwasa Temple (영화사)

Yeonghwasa Temple is located at the foothills of Achasan Mountain. It was built by a King in 672. It is a well-known place of gigantic Buddha Stone on natural rock in the Mireukjeon. The Buddha stone, Mireuk was built in Goryeo Dynasty and painted white. 

The legend behind the stone Buddha goes that King SeJo of Joseon Dynasty had an incurable skin disease which was instantly healed by praying at the stone. As a result of the legend, there are so many visitors who bring wishes, especially during national college exams. Even if you are not a Buddhist and don’t have special desires to pray, this temple is a good place to drop by on your way to Achasan Mountain.

Admission Fees : Free

Address : 107 Yeonghwasa-ro 107, Gueui-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

Opening hours : Open all year round

Seunggasa Temple (승가사)

Seunggasa Temple is one of the scenic and interesting Buddhist temple in Korea. The temple was founded in 756 (the 15th year of King Gyeongdeok during Shilla Era) by Monk Sutae who met Chinese Master Seungga in his dream and named the temple after him.

The Temple was really popular back in ancient Korean Dynasties. The temple was reconstructed when the building were damaged during the Korean War inspire of several resrorations during Goryeo and Joseon dynasties.

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Address :213, Bibong 4, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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