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Bongeunsa Temple, Samseong-Myeon

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Contact: +82 2 3218 4895
Open Hours: Daily 4a-9p
The Bongeunsa Temple is one of oldest and most traditional of its kind in Korea. This Buddhist shrine, located amidst cosmopolitan buildings and at a short distance from COEX mall, is a branch of the main Chogyesa Temple downtown. Founded in 794 in the Silla Kingdom, it has a longstanding legacy. The colored decorative motifs on the external facade and traditional roof are hard to miss. Another unique feature of the temple is its 3,479 plates containing 13 different sutras. Visitors should also be sure to check out the wooden nameplates hanging under the eaves of the temple. The calligraphy was written by one of the greatest Korean masters, Chusa Kim Jeong-hui. The place comes alive during the annual Jeongdaebulsa ceremony, where monks march around with holy scriptures and reciting verses.