Templestay Introduction


History of Bongeunsa Temple

Bongeunsa is a 1,200 year old temple located in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Built in 794 C.E. during the reign of King Wonseong by National Teacher, Ven. Yeonhoe, Bongeunsa became the head temple of the Seon sect during the Joseon Dynasty, when the government supported Confucianism, while oppressing Buddhism. Due to the efforts of Ven. Bowu, who devoted himself to the revival of Korean Buddhism, by official recognition Bongeunsa became a stepping stone for this development. In addition, through the national examinations for recruiting monks, it produced great masters such as Master Seosan and Samyeong, who revived the lineage of Seon (Zen) practice in Korea. In the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty, Ven. Younggi built the Pan-jeon to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures, as well as eighty-one engraved volumes of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Jeonghee Kim, at that time a great scholar and calligrapher, resided here and developed his own unique writing style, known as Chusache. More recently, when Bongeunsa was experiencing a period of decline, Ven. Youngam gradually gathered land and laid the foundation for a huge temple compound in present-day Gangnam. In the 1960s, the Dongguk Translation Institute was established at this temple to spearhead the translation of Buddhist scriptures from Chinese to Korean. This temple was also the birthplace of the Buddhist youth movement. Today, Bongeunsa is writing a new history for Korean Buddhism, establishing itself as the center of Buddhist practice. Monks apply themselves to chanting, monastic meals, communal work, and Seon meditation. The administration opened its financial records to the public, and allowed the laity to be part of management. The lay people are not only engaged in religious activities including prayer, meditation and Buddhist services, but also participate in volunteer work and other social work to help modern-day Buddhism reach out to the community. Moreover, more and more Buddhists are studying scriptures to stay on the right track as followers of the Buddha. With this drive from all parts of temple, Bongeunsa is moving ahead to become a haven of practice and compassion.


Address : 73, Samseong-dong Gangnam-gu Seoul 135-090 Korea
Tel : +82-2-3218-4895 / Fax : +82-2-544-2141
homepage : http://www.bongeunsa.org
E-mail : bongeunsa@templestay.com

Templestay ScheduleThe Templestay schedule differs from temple to temple. You can join with the following reservation.

  • Title : Templestay
    Period : Regular schedule
    Course : 2 days
    Will come into effect on March, 2012 year Period : 2 days. Every fourth weekend of each month. Number of participants allowed : 10-30 Registration : Please call or email the temple directly. Fee : KRW 70,000 Regular programs : Temple tour, tea ceremony, monastic meals, chanting, meditation, making a Buddhist rosary, time with a monk over tea, 108 prostrations

General Schedule


How To Join Templestay

  1. Step 1

    First consult the Temple Information section and select the temple you’re interested in.

  2. Step 2

    Check out the Templestay program schedule of the temple you’ve chosen.

  3. Step 3

    Click the [Reservation]button for the program you like.

  4. Step 4

    Enter your personal information, including the email address that you commonly use, and click the [Confirm]button.

  5. Step 5

    Keep a record of your reservation number, and if there is anything you’re wondering about, feel free to call us, send us an email, or else consult the Q&A page.


If you are making a reservation for more than one person, click the [Addpeople] button, then enter the personal info for the others in your group.