In case you missed the memo, Buddha’s birthday was celebrated in Korea on May 14th. I was late to the party because I didn’t go to a temple until the next day, oops. I also went while it was raining. Clearly I don’t pick the best days for adventures.
On the bright side, the rainy day after the major holiday meant there were hardly any people at Bongeunsa temple and I could enjoy the area in relative silence. The temple is right in the middle of Gangnam and also across the street from the enormous Coex Mall. I wonder how the monks feel about being surrounded by constant commercialism.
Buddhist temples all across Korea have lantern festivals to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. I didn’t get to see any of them lit up in the dark but they were still fun to look at.