Bongeunsa Temple is a major buddhist temple in Gangnam that perfectly represents the current crossroads Korea is at right now. The huge Buddha statue on the temple grounds overlooks hyper-modern Seoul’s COEX shopping mall, Park Hyatt Seoul and other big-name office buildings. And although the temple is right in the middle of the all the busy Seoul hustle, stepping into the temple grounds is like a mini-retreat of serenity away from all the craziness. Bongeunsa Temple was built in 794 AD, and has been destroyed, relocated, rebuilt and renovated numerous times throughout its long history. What’s lasted throughout the years, however, are the woodcarvings of the Flower Garland Surta, a major Buddhist text.
Come here to find traditional culture that’s survived the centuries and serenity in the midst of bustling Seoul. Bongeunsa Temple is also available for temple stay.