Bongeunsa: A Taste Of Ancient Times In A Modern World

Bongeunsa Temple is one of the many ancient temples scattered throughout Seoul, bringing an incredible juxtaposition between traditional and modern living that can be seen clashing all around Korea today.

The fact that the COEX Mall, the largest underground shopping center in Asia, resides right next door to a temple constructed in 794 is pretty amazing in itself.

Bongeunsa Temple has endured all sorts of environment changes during its 1,200 year span, including the Japanese Occupation and Korean War.

The intricate and vibrantly colored site was erected at the behest of a prominent monk during the Silla Dynasty.

It’s open year round free of charge and also offers a two-day, one-night temple-stay program, where those who are interested can learn and partake in the experience of monastic life.

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