Temples in Seoul
Many Koreans love May since there are so many holidays. One of the upcoming national holidays, Buddha’s birthday is on May 22nd (April 8th by the lunar calendar). If you are interested in Buddhism, it would be the best day to visit temples in Seoul.
One thing I love about Buddha’s birthday is definitely the lanterns. As you can see in the picture that I took at Jongro-3ga station, you can easily see lanterns on the streets to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. Some of them are in lotus flower shape, which is the symbolic flower of Buddhism.
서울특별시 강남구 봉은사로 531
531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
How to Get There
Seoul subway line 9, Bongeunsa Station. Exit 1 is the closest exit.
Bongeunsa, located in Gangnam, is a place where you can find peace in the midst of the busy city. Having 1200 years of history, Bongeunsa has 40 pieces of Buddhist Cultural Properties including two pieces designated as National treasures. Moreover, Bongeunsa Temple has 2 programs that are international visitor friendly. You can experience the unique Korean Buddhism culture and the real life of the monks through the Temple life and Temple stay programs. Also, Bongeunsa has a well organized temple stay website in English in which you can even get information on nearby sightseeing sites.
For more information, visit the Templestay website of Bongeunsa Temple.
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55 조계사
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
How to Get There
Seoul subway Line 3, Anguk station, Exit 6 is the nearest.
Jogyesa Temple, which is at the center of Seoul, is one of the most famous temples in Seoul. What’s more, it is near Insadong which is a famous tourist site. Gakhwangsa Temple, the predecessor of Jogyesa Temple was built in 1910. Ever since then, it has played an important role in Korean Buddhism history. Now, it serves as a main temple of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is open 24 hours, so anybody can visit there to find peace in their mind. They also run Templestay and Temple life program.
You can apply for the program from the website of Jogyesa.
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