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Address: 73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-090, South Korea
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+82 2-511-6070
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

It’s hard to believe that this large, beautiful Buddhist temple is situated...

It’s hard to believe that this large, beautiful Buddhist temple is situated in the middle of a bustling metropolis. It’s impossible not to be moved by the beauty and serenity of this enchanting temple. You can even stay overnight for a fee.

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This temple complex is opposite the COEX shopping centre. There are a lot of buildings and explanations on leaflets. There are opportunities to light candles and present... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple complex is opposite the COEX shopping centre. There are a lot of buildings and explanations on leaflets. There are opportunities to light candles and present offerings. There is also the tallest stone statue in Korea.

Thank Angela N
Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When I went there were a number of lanterns around. The temple is small and by far the most impressive aspect is the very large standing Buddha at the back. I didn't meet too many monks or staff but the few I did meet were very friendly.

Thank Sean B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was nice enough place to look around and see. A little village right in the middle of the metropolis. But we were there on a freezing cold windy day and didn't fully appreciate it. So if you're popping into COEX across the road, and it's a warm day, take a look. Free entry.

Thank John M
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the 2 attractions I enjoyed most on our visit to Gangnam. Went there at around 6pm and the gates are still open. Glad we visited the place at night as the huge standing Buddha looks stunning with the lights on and the mountains perfectly placed at the background.., so photogenic! Admission is free, printed English guides are provided,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Temple. Very peaceful and scenic. Definitely worth checking it out if you are in the Gangnam area

Thank Zhenia S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is easy access to the temple through the station with the same name. It is a beautiful temple surrounded by the city. Worth the visit. There is a huge statue of Buddha which can be easily missed as it is at the back.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful temple. Free admission. Very beautiful and scenic. People at the gate were very friendly and helpful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

A quiet place to hide from dynamic Gangnam-go district, though it can be a little intimidating for those who are sightseeing. The lanterns are beautiful!

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Split, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Bongeunsa temple near the business center in the city center. Beautiful complex of Buddhist temples in a large park. Peace silence, people dedicated to prayer and a lot of tourists. Relax and enjoy the visit. During my visit could be seen and sculpture exhibition.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

"Quite mesmerizing" was the sight of these rows of beautiful white paper lanterns overhead stretching from the entrance gate all the way to the first temple building raised up on concrete pillars, and more white paper lanterns along with red ones are to be seen in that building & the one right behind (pretty much connected to the first building)... More 

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Samseongdong / COEX
A large business hub, Samseongdong is anchored by Korea’s World Trade Center, where many important business exhibitions and meetings are held. The enormous COEX mall sprawls underground, providing a myriad of things to do and see, including a large aquarium and movie theater. For a bit of peace and zen, head over to the ornate Bongeunsa Temple which is one of Korea’s most important places of worship. Or take a stroll nearby through the tranquil royal burial grounds of Seonjeongneung, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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