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.

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.

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