Religion, Seoul

7 Reviews

Know about this?

hide
  • Swastikas are part of Buddhist heritage
    Swastikas are part of Buddhist heritage
    by Ewingjr98
  • Buddhist Monks at Jogyesa, Seoul
    Buddhist Monks at Jogyesa, Seoul
    by Ewingjr98
  • A church in Seoul, South Korea
    A church in Seoul, South Korea
    by victorwkf
  • iwys's Profile Photo

    Jangseung

    by iwys Updated Apr 16, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Jangseung are wooden totem poles or spirit sentinels that were placed at the entrance to villages to guard against evil spirits, natural disasters and military invasions. You can see them in the grounds of the National Folk Museum in Seoul. Shamanism is still actively practised in Seoul.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • AKtravelers's Profile Photo

    Buddha's Birthday is a Cause for Celebration

    by AKtravelers Written May 27, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A temple decked out for Buddha's birthday

    If you are in Korea in early May, make sure you join in the celebrations for Buddha's birthday. There are parades spread out over three days, paper lanterns everywhere and on one Sunday they closed off a street in Insadong for a variety of tents demonstrating Buddhist practices. There was a tent where you could get a leg massage and another where you could have small candles burnt on your hands to purify your body. They even had a tent titled "Try North Korean Food" -- ironically the table tops were empty! It's pretty clear that no one involved even cares if you are Buddhist, as one tent had a lantern-making contest for foreigners.

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo

    Religion in Korea

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 4, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Buddhist Monks at Jogyesa, Seoul
    4 more images

    The primary religions in Korea are Christianity and Buddhism.

    Despite it's late arrival in Korea, Christianity is the primary religion of about 21 percent of the total population. Christian churches and cathedrals are common throughout the land. South Korea has the second highest rate of Christianity in eastern Asia, with the Philippines being first. Christianity in Korea is usually associated with modern reformist thinkers.

    Buddhism, not surprisingly, comes in a close second in Korean religion with about 20 percent of the population. Buddhist temples are typically beautiful, secluded compounds high in the mountains, though a few are located within the cities. Buddhism is Korea is typically associated with conservative, old fashioned thinking.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo

    Religion

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 20, 2009
    A church in Seoul, South Korea
    1 more image

    Although Buddhism is still the dominant religion in South Korea, there is the emergence of Christians especially among the younger generation. As such, you will find more and more churches in Seoul with time, like the one shown in the photos taken by me in November 2008.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • iwys's Profile Photo

    Jangseung 2

    by iwys Written Apr 16, 2005

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Later jangseung were made of stone. This one also stands in the grounds of the National Folk Museum.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • AKtravelers's Profile Photo

    Swastikas mean temples, not Nazis

    by AKtravelers Updated Nov 7, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A Korean temple

    The swastika sign has always meant temple in Asia. The Nazis appropriated it and reversed it, making it a universal symbol of evil in the West.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • yangshu's Profile Photo

    anywhere church

    by yangshu Written Sep 8, 2004
    church

    in seoul, i find many churchs on the street, different style and size. they are quiet and nice, make me very comfortable.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Seoul

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

96 travelers online now

Comments

View all Seoul hotels