Suguksa: Seoul's Golden Temple
Seoul’s temples, like its palaces and other traditional structures, are painted red and green (see this post for reference). Once you’ve seen one or two, they admittedly start to look the same. There are some sites you shouldn’t miss if you have the opportunity to see them, like Haedong Yonggungsa (temple) along the water in Busan or Donggung (palace) in Gyeongju at night, but even those maintain the same palette. They’re beautiful, though, and each has its own aura, so I’m trying to get to all of them.
To be fair, Suguksa isn’t all gold; three of its sides are painted yellow. But the front is gilded, giving it the illusion of a ‘golden temple.’ And it’s this distinct feature, along with the quiet of the area, that makes the trip up to the outskirts of Seoul worth it.
Address: Eunpyeong-gu, Seooreung-ro 23-gil 8-5
은평구 서오릉로23길 8-5 (구산동)
Getting there is not intuitive—it’s up on a hill and sort of randomly plopped in the middle of a neighborhood without any signs to guide visitors. I found my way from the nearest bus stop using a Korean map app and then texted Andrew general directions. The path to the temple is sort of roundabout by foot (or bike in Andrew’s case), but there is car access so a taxi is an option.