Once known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple is located north of COEX, and was constructed in the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s reign (794). In 1498, Queen Jeonghyeon refurbished Gyeonseongsa Temple and renamed it Bongeunsa Temple.
Originally located near the Royal Tomb of King Seongjong, the temple was transferred to its current location during Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign. The temple is home to 3,479 Buddhist scriptures of 13 types, including the works of Kim Jeong-hee. The Buddhist ceremony called Jeongdaebulsa is held on the ninth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, where monks march carrying the scriptures on their heads and recite the Beopseongge (Buddhist rites).
*Date / Duration: Aug 24 (Mon) / 12:00-16:30
11:50 – 12:00 Meet at COEX (Tour Desk)
12:00 – 12:05 Move to restaurant on foot
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch @Heukdonga (Grilled Black Pork, Hot Pot Rice, Soybean Paste Stew)
13:15 – 13:20 Move to Bongeunsa Temple on foot
13:30 – 14:30 Temple Tour with a professional volunteer
14:30 – 15:00 Copying Sutra (Dark blue paper, Gold ink) with a professional volunteer @Traditional Culture Center
15:00 – 16:30 Cham-Seon medition & Tea Ceremony with Monk @Traditional Culture Center
16:30 – 16:35 Back to COEX
※This schedule is subject to change without notice according to the temple’s situation.
The National Museum of Korea is the largest museum in Korea and houses precious Korean cultural assets that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient times to the modern era.
In addition to galleries with a wide array of national and international pieces, the National Museum of Korea is the stage for a number of cultural activities related to collection, preservation, research and analysis, social training, academic publications, intercultural exchange programs, concerts, and more.
Visitors of all ages get the opportunity to participate in a number of educational events and quality cultural programs. For those who prefer to tour at a leisurely pace, the museum grounds have a number of environmentally friendly spaces and rest areas.
Traditional Korean culture experience
Samcheonggak will enable visitors to meet wish noted artists. In traditional Korean houses of various shapes and experience Traditional Korean culture – tea ceremonies, Korea craft and Korean traditional food etc.
– Experience of Korean tea ceremony
– Making a traditional mask
– Experience of Hanbok
Prehistory and Ancient History Gallery
The southern part of the Ancient Hall consists of 10 exhibition rooms, each of which features a different era from the ancient Paleolithic Age to the era of the Balhae Kingdom. Here, mainly masterpieces and historic items from prehistoric eras or ancient times are on display. (10 exhibition rooms: Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, The Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Proto-Three Kingdom Era, Goguryu Kingdom Era, Baekje Kingdom Era, Gaya Kingdom Era, Unified Silla Kingdom Era, Balhae Kingdom Era)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery
The northern part of the History Hall consists of 9 rooms, each of which is under a different theme, including traditional ideologies, kings and Dynasties of Goryeo to the Joseon Dynasty. Historical documents and items on display are interesting and easy to understand for visitors. (9 exhibition rooms: External Exchanges, Traditional Ideologies, Society & Eeconomy, Kings & Nations, Documents, Epigraph, Maps, Hangeu, Printing)
Calligraphy and Painting Gallery
Visitors may enjoy masterpieces of Korean calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist paintings, and woodworking & lacquerware. (4 exhibition rooms: Calligraphy Room, Paintings Room, Buddhist Paintings Room, Wood & Lacquer Room)
Invaluable culture assets and items donated by Yi Hong-Geun, Bak Byeong-Rye and other donors are on display here. Visitors can not only appreciate the beauty and significance of each piece, but also the generosity of its donor. (Exhibition rooms: Yi Hong-Geun Room, Donated Cultural Assets Room, Kim Jong-Hak Room, Yu Gang-Yeol Room, Bak Yeong-Suk Room, Choi Yeong Do Room, Bak Byeong Rye Room, Kaneko Room, Yu Chang-Jong Room, Hachiuma Room, Yi U-Chi Room)
Sculpture and Crafts Gallery
Presenting Buddhist sculptures and metal & ceramic works that emphasize the beauty of Korean culture. (Exhibition rooms: Buddhist Sculptures Room, Metal Crafts Room, Ceramic Crafts Room – Celadon Porcelain, Ceramics Crafts Room – Buncheongsagi, Ceramics Crafts Room – White Porcelain)
Displays cultural pieces from China, Japan and Central Asia to increase public understanding of Korea’s neighboring countries and to promote cultural diversity (6 exhibition rooms: Indonesia Room, Central Asia Room, China Room, Cultural Assets from Sinan Seabed Room, Excavated Relics of Nangnang Room, Japan Room)