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Seoul「서울시」: Bongeunsa「봉은사」

Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul

I remember the first time I visited Seoul with somewhat scary clarity. Guess it was such an important experience, that my brain recorded it with full detail. Sunday morning and I started walking away from Renaissance and getting lost in Gangnam. Among the skyscrapers and fancy malls, old temples, royal parks and mausoleums mushroom along the way, with the same charm experienced in Central Tokyo. Modern and old, new wave and tradition, the city is packed with contrast so I guess that is what makes it so attractive.
My dance teacher always encourages us to dance "one beat late" and put focus on sudden changes from one step to the next, as the unexpected delights the audience. I kind of agree with that, at least it amuses me and is probably the reason why I am so fascinated by the Asian metropolis.

Bongeunsa is a Temple located in the heart of Gangnam, right in front of COEX Mall. It was founded on 794 and refurbished in 1498. The temple used to be nearby the royal mausoleum (1km away) but got moved to its current location under the Joseon reign. Give how similar Japan and Korea are in so many ways, I guess that the paper lanterns that we found are a preparation for Tanabata like festival in Korea - in 7th of July, people write their wishes on papers and hang them from on a bamboo stick hoping the magic of Tanabata「七夕」will grant them. It was really peaceful and cool as usual, to watch the sunset among the skyscrapers facing the 1200 year old temple.

Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul
Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul
Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul
Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul
Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul
Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, Seoul


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