This is the wealthiest Buddhist temple in Korea, as well as one of Seoul's most important -- and one that is unusually easy to get to, no mountain-hiking required! Bongeun-sa has been an important center of Buddhist education and translation for hundreds of years, once peacefully amid farm-fields and orchards -- but now finds itself directly opposite the great COEX Mall and Korea Trade Center complex right in the northern part of Gangnam District! On a small hill just south of the Han River, it remains a charming oasis in the middle of intense upscale urban madness. It contains some fascinating artworks and picturesque traditional shrines. Most famous is its gigantic statue of Maitreya the Future Buddha, a must-see monument of Seoul! The compound is always busy with Buddhist activities... Korean Buddhism shares the same general features with the other grand Buddhist traditions of Northeast Asia, but due to historical circumstances and Korea's ancient cultural background it developed its own distinctive characteristics and flavor. It was the dominant mode of thought on this peninsula for just about 1000 years, then was severely suppressed under the new wave of Neo-Confucianism beginning in the 15th century, but then staged a remarkable comeback all during the 20th century – until the situation we find today, that Korean Buddhism is one of the strongest and most vibrant such traditions in the 21st century world. I am a professional expert on all of this, and will show and explain every feature of this lovely temple. We can meet at the COEX Mall Exit #6 of Samseong Metro Subway Station (green line number two, in Gangnam-gu District) -- or I can pick you up at your hotel. The temple is just a 10-minute walk from the Metro. This tour can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how much depth you desire. Any day is possible, regardless of weather. It's the most convenient way to see a major Buddhist site while visiting or doing business in central or southern Seoul City.