09 August 2017

Bongeunsa Temple (Seoul) - 봉은사 (서울)

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Being in a big fast paced city with all people, traffic, noise and general busyness can be a bit overwhelming at times but thankfully Seoul has many places where you can just get away from it all and enjoy some quiet alone time, Bongeunsa Temple is definitely one of those places.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa Temple is not secluded by any means it's in Gangnam directly across the road from COEX which is one of the biggest and most popular shopping malls in South Korea but it's still surprisingly quiet and a lot of people visit there just to relax and enjoy the calming atmosphere. I visited there twice during my stay and although it's a popular tourist destination they're were no crowds and I was able to explore the temple grounds completely on my own.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

One of the main attractions of Bongeunsa is the colourful rainbow lanterns that decorate the grounds of the temple, they're so pretty, one of the things I love most about temples in Asia is just how bright and colourful they can be. It was extremely calming to watch these lanterns gently blowing in the wind, the smell of incense in the air while the monks were chanting their daily prayers.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa also offers a temple stay program where you can stay overnight in the temple and enjoy a traditional monastic meal, tea ceremony, meditate, make prayer beads and learn all about the traditional Korean Buddhist monk way of life from the actual monks living there. I've stayed in temples in Thailand but I'm really interested to see how it differs in Korea so if I ever go back a temple stay is something I will definitely look into doing.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

เวลาไปเที่ยวเกาหลีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา บองอุนซาอยู่ในกังนัมCOEXช้อปปิ้งมอลล์เพื่อง่ายต่อการเยี่ยมชม วัดเงียบดีเพราะว่าไม่มีคนเยอะและสวยมากมีสีสดใส นักท่องเที่ยวนอนอยู่ในวัดได้และไปทำสมาธิกินอาหารเจและคุยเกี่ยวกับศาสนา ถ้าอยากนั่งเฉยๆมีอารมณ์ดีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา


What are some places you like to visit for a break from city life?
Love & Incense
Cate
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