Leanne Wei


As part of our trip, we paid a visit to Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple located in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu in Seoul, South Korea. It's located on the slope of Sudo Mountain at a very close distance to the COEX building, so we did a bit of wandering around the giant COEX mall before heading over to see the beautiful architecture of Bongeunsa Temple at sunset.

Once known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple was constructed in the 10th year of Shilla King Weongseong’s reign (794). In 1498, Queen Jeonghyeon refurbished Gyeonseongsa Temple at the east of King Seongjong’s royal mausoleum and renamed the temple as Bongeunsa. Originally located near the royal maulsoleum (1km southwest), the temple was transferred to its current location during Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign.

If my trip in Seoul had been longer, I would have absolutely loved to do a temple stay. There is a Buddhist ceremony called Jeongdaebulsa which is held every September 9th of the lunar calendar, where monks march carrying the scriptures on their heads and recite the Beopseongge (Buddhist rites).