Whenever I go on holiday, I like to break away from the pack and find a thinking spot; somewhere to empty the mind and reflect.
If you’re in Seoul, I think the Bongeunsa Temple is perfect for a quick respite from the city! I visited it the same day as my visit to the SMTOWN Coex Artium. They are so close together so if you want to do some fangirling and mix it with something cultural then I highly recommend combining those two sights on the same day.
A little bit of history
The Bongeunsa Temple was built in 794 and was one of the largest temples in Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty!
There was a lotus flower festival happening at the time so I was greeted with a lot of them at the entrance.
Lotus flowers are important symbols of Buddhism. They symbolise strength because they are delicate and beautiful and yet they can grow through the thickest mud!
The Bongensa Temple is nestled in the city amongst skyscrapers and yet there’s nature too. I love the complete juxtaposition of those two things.
Here’s where I got my mini hike on! I walked up all these stairs.
Scattered around, there are clusters of little huts with people meditating and praying inside them.
The paths are lined with trees. It’s so peaceful here!
At the back, there’s a huge Buddha statue standing stall. I noticed people walking around him so I did the same.
I made a wish.
After that, I walked back down again.
And disappeared back into the underground of Seoul…
If you want to visit the Bongeunsa Temple, catch the train to Bongeunsa temple stop. Then take exit 1 and it’s like a 3-minute walk there. It’s so easy to get there. You have no excuses! Just go!
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