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Bongeunsa Temple 봉은사

Thousands of Buddhist statues.

Bongeunsa 봉은사 (Hanja: 奉恩寺) is a Buddhist temple in the Gangnam (yes, that Gangnam) of Seoul 서울시 immediately across from COEX Mall, supposedly one of the largest in Asia. Towering skyscrapers on the horizon are a stark reminder of the modernity outside the temple grounds. Inside, many of the structures show their age, particularly the antique bell house (depicted in the last photo below). Still, little remains of the original Bongeunsa. As with other historic sites in Seoul 서울시 it has undergone many renovations and improvements over the years. The results are pleasant enough to walk around but one does not feel the weight of history in this place.

Memorial wall.

Flowers over Bongeunsa.
Bongeunsa temple and Gangnam district.
Artwork on the underside of the temple.
A big Buddha at Bongeunsa Temple.
Green lanterns.
Red lanterns.
Countless buddhas.
The old bell house showing its age.

South Korea 2012

A complete travelogue from one unplanned week in Seoul 서울시, South Korea. These stories are evenly divided between lengthy travelogues and brief photo galleries and are arranged in rough chronological order. View All 
  1. First impressions of Seoul
  2. Still images of a modern Seoul
  3. A crash course in Korean culture
  4. Learning to love kimchi
  5. Seodaemun Prison 서대문형무소
  6. Insadong and Cheonggyecheon
  7. Gyeongbokgung 경복궁
  8. The dark side of Seoul
  9. War Memorial of Korea 전쟁기념관
  10. Seoul inspired
  11. Bongeunsa Temple 봉은사
  12. Hanok style and traditional Korea
  13. Seoul after dark
  14. Final thoughts about my first trip to Seoul

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