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Geumseonsa Temple (Seoul) (금선사 (서울))   
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137, Bibong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 비봉길 137 (구기동)
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-395-9911
Temple Stay: +82-2-395-9955,
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Bukhansan, officially designated a national park, is the highest mountain in the Seoul area. Beloved not only for its unique urban location, the mountain is also treasured for its natural beauty and cultural assets. Also known as Samgaksan (meaning “Triangle Mountain”), Bukhansan has three major peaks: Baegundae (the main peak), Insubong to the north, and Mangyeongdae to the south.

One of the most prized cultural assets on the mountain is Geumseonsa, a Buddhist temple located along the hiking path to Bibong (one of the lesser mountain peaks). The temple was established by Great Monk Jacho (penname ‘Muhak’) who lived from 1327 (late Goryeo period) to 1405 (early Joseon period).

One day when Monk Jacho was out searching for a suitable place to establish the capital of the new Joseon dynasty, he came across a plot of land and was immediately struck by a strange and sacred energy. Recognizing that the land was full of the energy of Buddha himself, the monk set about the establishment of Geumseonsa Temple.

Even today, Geumseonsa is known as a place of miracles and legends. One of the more famous tales is of Monk Nongsan, who trained and meditated at Geumseonsa and was later said to have been reincarnated as King Sunjo of the Joseon Dynasty.
Current Status
Seoul Metropolitan City Designated Tangible Cultural Heritage No. 616 (Registered as of Dec 26, 2002)
N/A (open all year round)
Activity Information
Geumseonsa Temple Stay
Participation Fees:
Regular Temple Stay (2-Day Program): 50,000 won (Youths: 40,000 won)
Temple Stay for Relaxation (2-Day Program): 70,000 won
One day Temple Life: 30,000 won ~

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From Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Subway Line 3, Exit 3) or
Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5, Exit 2),
Take Bus 7212 and get off at Ibugo Docheong (이북오도청).
It is a 30min-walk from the bus stop.

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Geumseonsa Temple Stay (금선사 템플스테이)
Geumseonsa Temple Stay (금선사 템플스테이)
  • Region : Jongno-gu Seoul
  • Theme : Traditional&Cultural Experiences/ Temple Stays
  • Geumseonsa Temple, which is located at the foot of Samgaksan (Bukhansan) Mountain, is within easy ac...

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