Constructed in the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s reign (794), Bongeunsa is a Buddhist temple that has more than 1,000 years of history and has quite a number of interesting historical and cultural features, including woodblock carvings of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Bongeunsa is more than a just temple; it is also a place of relaxation, reflection, learning and exposure as visitors can experience some simple Buddhist practices such as the daily dawn service, Korean Zen meditation, Dado, which is a tea-drinking ceremony and Balwoogongyang (a Buddhist meal with traditional bowls). Bongeunsa holds the Lotus Lantern Festival on nearby Samseong-dong every May on Buddha's birthday.
Globally known for its intriguing characteristics such as; the ever-blossoming and exciting gastronomy in the City, the people and their culture but importantly, the history embedded in the City. Other phenomena of the beautiful City of Seoul are the various structures and places that also hold history, art, religion, culture and nature. In this article, you will discover nine amazing attractions in the capital city of South Korea.
1. Bongeunsa, , South Korea -
2. Jogyesa, , South Korea -
Located in central Seoul, Jogyesa Temple is one of Korea's major Buddhist temples. The chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, which is the largest sect of Korean Buddhism, Jogyesa Temple is located in one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong, near the Gyeongbokgung Palace. The famous statue of the seated Buddha is enshrined at the temple's main hall, called Daeungjeon Hall, which Baeksong, a white pine tree that is more than 500 years old, also stands next to.
3. Bukchon Hanok Village, , South Korea -
Bukchon Hanok Village is famous for the hundreds of traditional houses, called Hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty, located on her beautiful land. These Hanoks provide visitors with an opportunity to learn and experience the Korean culture for themselves through cultural centres, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses that they Presently serve as.
4. Changdeokgung, , South Korea -
Also known as Donggwol, Changdeokgung Palace for 270 years, was home to the Joseon government and was also the favoured residence of many Joseon Dynasty kings. Changdeokgung Palace, compared to others, is well-preserved and still has many of its original features, asides being the longest-serving royal residential palace, Changdeokgung is outstanding, following how its buildings blend into the surrounding landscape.
5. N Seoul Tower, , South Korea - €
First established as a broadcasting tower, N Seoul Tower is the first tower-type tourist spot in Korea. With the tower top almost 480 meters above sea level, Namsan Mountain (243 meters) and its own height at 236.7 meters, this tower remains the tallest in Asia. At N Seoul Tower, you will find the Seoul Tower Plaza, which was recently opened to the public after 40 years of inaccessibility.
6. Gyeongbokgung Palace, , South Korea -
Built-in 1395, this palace located furthest north is arguably not just the first but most beautiful and largest of all five palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Interestingly, visitors to Gyeongbokgung can also explore the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea, all located on the palace grounds.
7. Cheonggyecheon, , South Korea -
A 10.9-kilometre-long, modern stream and public recreation space in downtown Seoul, Cheonggyecheon was created as part of an urban renewal project; restoration of the stream that once existed during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), but was covered with an elevated highway after the Korean War (1950-1953) as part of the country's post-war economic development. In 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present state. It flows from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang River.
8. Gwanghwamun Plaza, , South Korea -
Gwanghwamun Plaza/Square is a public open space, opened in 2009 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government as part of the City's plans for environmentally friendly renovation projects. A historic spot too, It features statues of Admiral Yi Sun-sin of Joseon Dynasty and King Sejong the Great of Joseon, plus the main inventions from King Sejong's reign on display, including the hangul alphabet and scientific instruments such as a sundial, rain gauge and celestial globe.
9. Bukhansan, , South Korea -
The only national park in the Seoul metropolitan area, Bukhansan, which is also known as Samgaksan (Triangle Mountain), is spectacular because of its three peaks. The park which is rich in biodiversity and historical/cultural heritage sites has many granite peaks and gorges which are punctuated by crystal clear streams, creating a perfect harmony between the mountains and water.