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Bongeunsa Temple

Escape the busy streets of Seoul with a visit to this tranquil temple, which has existed for over 1,000 years. 

Bongeunsa Temple is a welcome oasis of calm within Seoul’s hectic Samseong-dong business district. Come to this beautiful and spiritual place to enjoy a moment of peace and to appreciate the beautiful building that dates back about 1,200 years. Consider the possibility of staying overnight and gaining a true insight into what life is like for the monks who live and pray here. 

Find Bongeunsa Temple just north of the vast COEX building, which houses a conference center as well as an immense underground shopping mall. The contrast between the modern neighborhood and the ancient temple could not be more clear. Construction on the building first began in 794, although it was rebuilt in 1498 and moved northeast of the original site.

Today, tradition remains rich here. Come in September to witness the ceremony known as “Jeongdaebulsa,” in which monks march with the temple’s sacred scriptures held high. Observe a traditional tea ceremony and appreciate the true complexity of this seemingly simple ancient custom. The features of the temple building itself also offer insight into Buddhist tradition. Look for the woodcarvings that show the Avatamsaka Sutra. 

Join the templestay program to get an even deeper insight into the Buddhist religion. Visitors are invited to stay overnight and participate in various daily rituals, such as a dawn service and a meditation session. Eat traditional meals served in old-fashioned bowls and learn how the monks go about their duties each day.  

Admission to Bongeunsa Temple is free. Visit on a Thursday to benefit from the Thursday Temple Life session. English-language demonstrations are held to help foreign visitors understand the daily lives of Buddhist monks. To see a grand spectacle held once a year, come on Buddha’s birthday in May, when the temple’s monks organize festivities around the local area. Reach the temple by taking the subway to Bongeunsa Temple’s own station, which is easily accessed from every major area of the city.

It's worth giving yourself lots of time at Bongeunsa Temple. Below are some of the best things to do:

Your next thrilling adventure has been waiting for you! You might want to try a National Museum, COEX Aquarium & Han River Cruise or a COEX Aquarium, Bongeunsa Temple & Han River Cruise.

If you're after more options, have a look at our Seoul things to do page.


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L7 Gangnam by LOTTE ¥9,034
L7 Gangnam by LOTTE

L7 Gangnam by LOTTE

415, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Gangnam
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Gangnam, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namsan Park and National Museum of Korea. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and N Seoul Tower are also within 9 mi (15 km). Seolleung Station is only a 4-minute walk and Samseong Station is 13 minutes.

    HOTEL in 9 Gangnam ¥7,545
    HOTEL in 9 Gangnam

    HOTEL in 9 Gangnam

    618, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Gangnam, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and Bongeunsa Temple. Seoul Olympic Stadium and Apgujeong Rodeo Street are also within 3 mi (5 km). Samseong Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cheongdam Station is 13 minutes.

      Oakwood Premier Coex Center ¥19,682
      Oakwood Premier Coex Center

      Oakwood Premier Coex Center

      46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Gangnam, this family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teheranno, Bongeunsa Temple, and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. Starfield COEX Mall and COEX Aquarium are also within 10 minutes. Samseong Station is 9 minutes by foot and Cheongdam Station is 16 minutes.

        InterContinental Seoul COEX ¥16,427
        InterContinental Seoul COEX

        InterContinental Seoul COEX

        524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Gangnam, this luxury hotel is steps from Starfield COEX Mall, COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, and COEX Aquarium. SMTOWN coexartium and Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs are also within 1 mi (2 km). Samseong Station is 12 minutes by foot and Cheongdam Station is 13 minutes.

          GLAD Gangnam COEX Center ¥7,757
          GLAD Gangnam COEX Center

          GLAD Gangnam COEX Center

          610, Teheran-ro, Seoul, Gangnam
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Gangnam, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of SMTOWN coexartium, COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, and Bongeunsa Temple. Lotte World Mall and Apgujeong Rodeo Street are also within 3 mi (5 km). Samseong Station is only a 2-minute walk and Sports Complex Station is 10 minutes.

            Hotel Peyto Samseong ¥9,126
            Hotel Peyto Samseong

            Hotel Peyto Samseong

            9, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Gangnam, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lotte World and Garosu-gil. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and N Seoul Tower are also within 9 mi (15 km). Samseong Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seolleung Station is 14 minutes.

              Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas ¥20,616
              Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

              Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

              521, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Gangnam, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Teheranno, COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, and Bongeunsa Temple. COEX Aquarium and Starfield COEX Mall are also within 15 minutes. Samseong Station is only a 2-minute walk and Sports Complex Station is 13 minutes.

                HOTEL URI& ¥9,034
                HOTEL URI&

                HOTEL URI&

                20, Samseong-ro 96-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Gangnam, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and Seoul Sports Complex. Namsan Park and War Memorial of Korea are also within 6 mi (10 km). Samseong Station is 8 minutes by foot and Seolleung Station is 14 minutes.