Bongeun-sa, one of Seoul's Great Temples

Tour Number

Activity Level

54319


Categories

City, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids are OK, if they'd be interested in a colorful temple, and can be reasonably quiet and behaved.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

Korean (basic), English (fluent)

"Offering Mercy Temple", so easy to get to in Gangnam-gu District of southern Seoul


This is the wealthiest Buddhist temple in Korea, as well as one of Seoul's most important -- and one that is unusually easy and fast to get to, no mountain-hiking required!

Any day is possible, regardless of weather. It's the most convenient way to see a major Buddhist site while visiting or doing business in central or southern Seoul City.

Bongeun-sa has been an important center of Buddhist education and translation for hundreds of years, once peacefully amid farm-fields and orchards -- but now finds itself directly opposite the great COEX Mall and Korea Trade Center complex right in the northern part of Gangnam District! (yes, same place as "Gangnam Style). On a small hill just south of the Han River, it remains a charming oasis in the middle of intense upscale urban madness.

It contains some fascinating artworks and picturesque traditional shrines. Most famous is its gigantic statue of Maitreya the Future Buddha, a must-see monument of Seoul! The compound is always busy with Buddhist activities. . .

Itinerary

This tour can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how much depth you desire. Any day is possible, regardless of weather. It's the most convenient way to see a major Buddhist site while visiting or doing business in central or southern Seoul City.

I am a professional expert on Korean Buddhist history and culture, and will show and explain just as many artworks and features of this lovely temple as you wish. We can meet anywhere nearby -- or I can pick you up at your hotel. The temple is just a 10-minute walk from the Metro Station, or the COEX / World Trade complex. It was the official visitable-temple for world leaders and their staffs during the 2010 Seoul G-20 Summit.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel, an easy-to-find spot , the Samseong Metro Subway Station, the COEX Mall, COEX exhibition halls or World Trade Tower.

End location: anywhere that you wish.

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.

This tour can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how much depth you desire. Any day is possible, regardless of weather. It's the most convenient way to see a major Buddhist site while visiting or doing business in central or southern Seoul City.

Transportation

we get there and away by walking, taxi, bus or Metro Subway System -- it's the easiest-to-access temple in Korea!

What’s Included

Just my guidance and explaining of everything that we can find.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2000 KRW - just for incidentals; nothing required; no entrance fee.

What’s Extra

snacks, drinks, meals (the gigantic COEX Mall is right across the street!)

Restrictions

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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