Bongamsa: The Mountain Temple

There are many Buddhist Temples in Korea. Most are open to the public every day of the year, but one is different. This is Bongamsa. It’s a special zen meditation center of the Jogye Order just out side of Mungyeong.

Nestled in the midst of rolling mountains and tall trees, it offers visitors a wondrous driving experience from Seoul to the base of Mt. Huiyangsan. However, if you’re planning on visiting this temple, make sure you arrive on Buddha’s Birthday, as it is the only day of the year it is open to the public.

There are buses available to the Temple, but if you can, I’d recommend driving, since it makes the experience much more enjoyable. The temple was founded in the 9th Century by Jijeungdaesa.

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