Doseon-sa, the greatest ancient Buddhist temple in Seoul
Take this guided visit to Seoul's largest and most important ancient Buddhist temple for spectacular scenery and observing some interesting traditional artworks.
Doseon-sa was founded around 1100 years ago just beneath the three main peaks of Samgak-san, Seoul's sacred & prominent guardian mountain (a National Park), by one of Korea's greatest Buddhist masters. It has remained the most religiously important monastery of the Seoul area ever since; it is almost always crowded with sincere Buddhists.
It has several unusual features that will be pointed out and explained to your group. There is a large ancient standing Buddha statue designated as a national Treasure, being worshiped around the clock. There are several unique shrines for great heroes of Buddhism and Korea's modern development, and a huge complex stone memorial for a great 20th-Century master.
I will thoroughly explain the history of this temple and its various buildings, shrines and monuments -- and tell many colorful stories along the way!
I can pick you up at your hotel, or we can meet at the Suyu Metro Subway Station (Light Blue Line #4) or anywhere else convenient. We will take a taxi up the steep road to the temple (cost included). I will show you around and explain everything!
If you wish to experience it, we can eat a basic vegetarian Korean lunch at the temple cafeteria at lunchtime, or eat other Korean meals at one of the good restaurants in the neighborhood below.
Those who want to can enjoy a short hike with me on the beautiful trails in the Bukhan-san National Park during the afternoon. You should be prepared for any likely weather conditions, and should wear good walking-shoes.
As this temple is built on a steep slope, halfway up craggy mountain, some brief climbing is necessary on cement stairways; almost anyone can do it.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel, an easy-to-find spot downtown, or at the Suyu Metro Subway Station.
End location: Anywhere you wish.
Duration: 4 hours
this tour can be anywhere from 2 hours to all day long (even with some hiking up into the National Park), according to your interests; price adjusted accordingly.
we'll take taxis, the Metro Subway system or buses as appropriate; it's fairly easy.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 KRW - For incidentals; snacks, souvenir. Nothing required; no entrance fee.
I do not have a car in Korea, do not drive. I can arrange for a mini-bus or taxi if you wish, at extra expense. Otherwise we will use the cheap taxis that are easy to catch, and Korea's excellent and fast system of subway trains, and buses, together.
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David is an excellent guide. He speaks perfect English and his knowledge of Korean culture is astounding. I learned a great deal from him and would highly recommend him as a guide if you are interested in an in-depth, intellectual approach.