Bongeunsa Temple

Bongeunsa Temple
Thousands of Buddhist statues.

Bongeunsa 봉은사 (Hangul: 봉은사; Hanja: 奉恩寺) is a Buddhist temple in the Gangnam (yes, that Gangnam) of Seoul 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 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.

Bongeunsa Temple
Memorial wall.
Bongeunsa Flowers
Flowers over Bongeunsa.
Bongeunsa Vista
Bongeunsa temple and Gangnam district.
Bonguensa Artwork
Artwork on the underside of the temple.
Bonguensa Temple Buddha Statue
A big Buddha at Bongeunsa Temple.
Bongeunsa Temple
Green lanterns.
Bonguensa Lanterns
Red lanterns.
Bongeunsa Temple
Countless buddhas.
Bonguensa Bell House
The old bell house showing its age.