Bongeunsa Temple is located in the heart of the busy business district of Gangnam in Seoul. The COEX shopping mall and many modern skyscrapers in the area surround the temple.
More than 1200 years of history is engrained in the temple since its construction in 794 during the time of the Silla Dynasty. Locals and tourists flock to the temple on a daily basis to marvel at the sight and to perform religious and spiritual offerings.
Constructed in 1986, the statue of Maitreya Buddha is the largest statue of the religious figure in the entire country. The view from behind the Buddha statue shows the juxtaposition of the ancient temple and the modern cityscape that has been constructed in front of it.
The entire vast temple grounds provides many great photo opportunities and the locals do not mind photographers and tourists. The temple is not regarded by many as a must see place in Seoul but I beg to differ. I believe the view of Gangnam from the top of the Temple is quite stunning and one of two places I have visited in Seoul that shows the stark contrast between the new Seoul and the old Seoul. So if you find yourself in the area of Gangnam or near the COEX mall then definitely wander up to the temple and absorb the traditional atmosphere it provides.
How to get there:
Take the subway to Bongeunsa Temple Station (Seoul Subway Line 9) and walk for 5 minutes.
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