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Bongeunsa Temple

4.3/5133 Reviews
Temple
The time of general viewing is not clearly defined, about 4:00-21:00 (except for monks and monks who worship the Buddha).
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: 531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Official website: http://www.bongeunsa.org/
Phone: +82-2-32184800

Additional Information

Introduction

This ancient Buddhist temple has come close to demise several times in its long history. Constructed in 794 by the high-ranking monk Yeon-hoe, it later fell into disrepair during the Joseon Dynasty, which tried to repress Buddhism in Korea. It was reconstructed in 1498, and the next century, became the main temple of the Korean Zen sect of Buddhism from 1551 through 1936. In 1939, a fire destroyed most of the buildings, and other buildings were demolished during the Korean War; one of the buildings that survived holds the woodblock carvings of the Floweer Garland Sutra.
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