Bongeunsa (봉은사)

Sorry for the week-long hiatus!

This whole work thing got in the way.

Anyhoo, I finally have the time to tell y’all about one of my favorite things I have found in Seoul.

The 1,200-year-old Bongeun Temple (“sa” means temple) is encased by modern-day Seoul, with the COEX and World Trade Center Seoul across the street.

But you would never know it while walking around the Buddhist’s halls and hearing the monks chanting.

This beautiful area gives vistors a glimpse into Buddhism (which I’ll explain in later posts), and if you like it…then you can stay longer. This temple hosts “Templestay” where you can stay two days in the temple, learning about what Bongeunsa is about.

But the best thing about this temple is the Great Statue of Maitreya Buddha.

This statue looms at 23 meters (about 76 feet tall), symbolizing the future Buddha who will come and teach enlightenment.

I could sit in this temple all day…it’s just so peaceful and quiet.

Bongeunsa is a great little (and free!) place to collect your thoughts.

Cheers!

— Sara

 A visitor praying the Bodhisattva (“enlightened one”) of compassion.

Shoes have to be taken off before entering a praying hall. 

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