Look Inside Buddhist Temples and Travel Through Time
See & Do Tours
Address : Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Samseong-dong 73, 135-090
Phone Number : 02-544-2141
Homepage : www.bongeunsa.org (Korean)
How to get there: Take line 2 and exit at Samseong Station in the direction of Coex Mall for 10 minutes, Take line 7 and get off at Cheongdam Station in the direction of Coex Mall for 10 minutes
How to get there : Line 2 or the Bundang Line, Exit 8
Address : Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Samseong -dong 131
Phone number : 02-568-1291
Open Times : 06:00~21:00 Holidays : Every Monday Entrance Fee : Adult(1000Won), Child(500Won)
Homepage : http://seonjeong.cha.go.kr
Yeonghwasa Temple is located at the foothills of Achasan Mountain. Built by a King in 672, it took tremendous effort for the temple to be built at the time.
From the center, you can see Daeungjeon Hall. From there, if you keep going up the mountain ridge a few more steps, you will come across Mireukjeon. There is a gigantic stone Buddha on natural rock in the Mireukjeon. This stone Buddha, Mireuk is known for being been built in the Goryeo Dynasty and being painted white. The legend behind the stone Buddha goes that King SeJo of Joseon Dynasty had an incurable skin disease which was instantly healed by praying at the stone. As a result of the legend, there are so many visitors who bring wishes, especially during national college exams. Even if you are not a Buddhist and don’t have special desires to pray, this temple is a good place to drop by on your way to Achasan Mountain.
Address : Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, Guui2-dong, Yeonghwasa-ro 107
Phone Number : 02-444-4321
How to Get There : Take Line no 5 at Achasan Station and walk 15 minutes from Exit 1
The Jogyesa Temple serves as the headquarters to the Korean Jo-Gye order which has a long history of 1,700 years and is located in Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu. The monk poem, Han Young-un involved to build Gakhwangsa Temple with several members in 1910. Gakhwangsa Temple moved into its’ present location and was renamed to Taegosa. Taegosa temple was renamed with the Buddhist Purfication Movement in order to clear away the vestiges of Japanese colonial era.
When you enter the gate, you can feel how quiet it is steps away from the busy downtown center. The main sanctuary is well known for being the biggest sized one story building in Korea and for its view of the Buddha. The calligraphy sign upfront on the board is imitated by rubbing Hwaeomsa Temple, which is located in the Jeollanam-do Province. The calligraphy on the board is one of Prince Ue-Chang, who was the eighth son of King Seonjo. The main sanctuary has a large Buddha Triad (Samjonbul); the center is Buddha Sukga, the west Amida and the eastern Yu rae are both sides. You can see the monk preaching to followers in the main sanctuary.
You can also see the seven storied stone tower which is sealed in the sacred relics of Buddha. There is a 500 years old white pine tree which has been preserved as one of Korea’s natural treasure assets. Jogyesa Temple also has several tangible cultural properties such as a wooden sculptured Buddha statue and more. There is another 450 year old tree and locusts trees which cover almost the entire front yard at the main sanctuary. The Central Buddhist Museum is located behind the main sanctuary.
Jogyesa Temple holds many Buddhism events over the year because it is located in the center of Seoul. Near temple, there are many Buddhism related shops and restaurants. There is also an information center at the Temple for any questions you might have about Buddhist cultures and foods.
Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Ujeongguk-ro 55
Phone NUmber : 02-732-2115
Homepage : www.jogyesa.kr
How to get there : Walk 10 minutes to Exit 6 of Line 3, Anguk Station, Line 1 Jonggak Station
Walk 10 minutes from Exit 2
Address : Seoul, Jongro-gu 59
Phone Number : 02-734-8369
Open Times : 09:00~18:00 Holidays : January 1st, Lunar New Year, Chuseok
Bongwonsa Temple is the headquarters of Taego Order of Korean Buddhism. Great master Doseon built Banyasa Temple, now where Yonsei University is, during in the era of Queen Jinseong of Shilla dynasty. Banyasa Temple flourished during the Shilla dynasty through the Goryeo dynasty. The temple was renamed Bongwonsa Temple since Banyasa Temple was moved into the present place in the era of King Yeongjo of Joseon. It is said that the front letters on the main sanctuary were given by King Yeongjo himself.
Standing at over one thousand years old, Bongwonsa Temple, supplies a clean and beautiful view to guests because of its location on Ansan Mountain. The old zelkova tree stands to welcome for visitors at the entrance of main sanctuary. Lotuses in the front yard awaken the Buddhist spirit to visitors. It provides a graceful view of the architectural design connecting lines with small houses and mountain branches.
Bongwonsa Temple has many historical stories and events. It has roots in the enlightenment party as led by Kim, Okgyun and Park, Younghyo. It is also the place that the Korean Research Institute and the former Hangul Institute in 1908 was founded. This is where Yeongsanjae, the event for world peace and uniting Korea, is held.
Address : Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Bongwon-dong, san 1
Phone Number : 02-392-3007~8
Homepage : http://bongwonsa.or.kr
How to get there : Take bus 7024 to the last stop and walk 5 minutes to Bongwonsa Temple
Address : Seoul, Seodaemun, Tongil-ro 17, 32-7
Phone Number : 02-360-8590
Homepage : www.sdm.go.kr
Temple Sueng-Ga was built in 756 (King Kyungduck 15, Shilla dynasty). It is listed as the same location with the memorial stone of King Jinhuengsunsoo under Beebong in Mount Bukhan. High Monk of Shilla, Won-Hoe judged that the place of Sueng-Ga Temple was the best of the best place, and predicted if it had been built a temple, it could bring peace and abundance to nation and people. People followed his words and Sueng-Ga Temple is that result. It is said that high monk Daegakguksa Usa visited this place and the master calligrapher, Kim, Jung-Hee stayed here. Kim, Jung-Hee found out the memorial stone of Jinjuensunsoo here and stayed for encrypted the meaning of the letters on the stone for 7days.
During Korean War, almost all the buildings here were destroyed. The cultural assets of the temple are the treasure #1000, the stone statue Suenggadaesasang in the house of Yaksa and the treasure # 215, a seated bronze statue of Gugidong Buddha. Monk Suengga, the high monk of India went to China and delivered his beliefs at the time of the Dang dynasty. People wanted to memorialize his achievements so that it was built the statue of Nahan and renamed into temple Seung-Ga here in Korea. The pond, besides the statue of Suengga has a legend Queen Sohen, the wife of Great King SeJong who was healed after drinking water. This has encouraged many people to drink water here.
If you go up 108 stairs along with the house of Yaksa, you will find a seated bronze statue of Gugidong Buddha at the end of those stairs. Number 108 symbolizes is the number of human agony suffering on living. Not only are there 108 stairs, one should bow 108 times and ring the bell 108 times. When you go up the 108 stairs, you can meet the mental world and human understanding of Buddha.
Address : Seoul, Jongro-gu, Bi-bong 4, 213
Phone Number : 02-379-2996
How to get tehre : Take Line no 3 from Gyeongbukgung Station, go in the direction of Gugi Tunnel, get off after 5 stops and walk 30 minutes. Walk 30 minutes or take a shuttle bus from the front of the Institute for the Translation of Korean Classics
Address : Seoul, Eunpyung gu 354
Phone Number : 02-359-8410
Homepage : http://www.jinkwansa.org (Korean)
How to get there : Take Bus 7024 from the Yeonghwasa Entrance, get to Yeongcheon Market, transfer to bus 701 and get off at Hana High School and walk in the direction of Jingwansa Temple