Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple in Seoul
Before we went for more distractions after our visit to the Seonjeongneung royal tombs, we were looking for fresh juice at the convenience store.
I was looking for the best of the drink variety on Korea’s cooling shelves. Fresh orange juice.
I have so gotten used to fresh juices at Seoul’s convenience stores that it was a bit disappointing only to find sort of 100% apple juice and a non alcoholic mojito drink. The closest we got to juice.
With our sugar levels kicking in, we walked up to Bongeunsa, the big Buddhist Temple in Seoul. Location: Samsung 73-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul. Samsung or Chungdam Station. Admission: free.
I really liked the colourful ribbons forming a welcoming entrance to the temple.
The temple is 1200 years old and located in Samseong-dong in Gangnam-gu. Buddhist scriptures were translated here from Chinese to Korean. Temple stays, temple tours, tea ceremonies, meditation and lotus lantern making can be booked at the site.
The temple is a huge place with various halls and pavilions.
Just like the fascinating temple of lanterns there were endless rows of lanterns forming the roof.
Beautiful walkways of lanterns.
We were lucky to come across a sermon.
If you like, you can watch the charismatic chants of the monk. Is it just me or does it sound like he is singing “Until you die, until you die, until you die…” over and over again?
To enter the prayer hall, you have to change or take off shoes.
Buddhist wall paintings adorn the temple buildings.
Away from the ongoings at the main prayer hall, the temple was peaceful.
As someone with a German-Polish background, I had to get used to the swastikas in Asia, which are mere symbols of good luck.
I wonder if the swastika will ever get rehabilitated in Europe. For most of human history (before the Nazis came along) the swastika was a holy, positive sign.
At a height of 23 meters, this statue depicts Maitreya Buddha who comes down to Earth to save all those who are suffering. Oh, my Buddha!
Tiny figures, I spotted on some rocks.
The impressive platform for the statue.
Pink candles and ready made meals. That is so new age.
Buddhist temples are just so relaxed and inviting.
The small pavilion with a big bell.
Old paintings and woodwork.
The big bell pavilion had a bell, drum, gong and a wooden fish hanging from the ceiling.
That was a memorable sight. In the next post it is time for some modern night entertainment in Seoul!