• Thu, May 30, 2019
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This is an intensely guided visit to Seoul’s largest and most important ancient Buddhist temple, for spectacular scenery and observing some classic traditional artworks, just after the Buddha’s Birthday holiday season has passed.

Doseon-sa was founded around 1100 years ago just beneath the three main peaks of Samgak-san, Seoul’s sacred and prominent guardian mountain.   It has remained the most religiously important monastery of the Seoul area ever since;  it is almost always crowded with sincere worshipers.  It has several unusual and historic features that will be pointed out and explained to our group, including a much-venerated Treasure-quality cliff-carving of a standing Bodhisattva, purported to be made at the foundation by Doseon itself..

As this temple is built on a steep slope, halfway up Bukhan-san National Park, offering a great view of the Mt. Samgak peaks, brief uphill climbing is necessary on cement stairways and roads; but almost anyone can do it.

Tour Leader: Prof. David Mason

David A. Mason is an American who has been in Korea since 1982. He is an expert on the history of Korean traditional culture and has authored many books and articles.  He currently serves as a professor of Cultural Tourism at Seoul’s Sejong University.

Participants: 10 maximum


  • This tour will be held in cooperation with the German Club Seoul.
  • Non-Members pay an additional fee towards Welfare.
  • A cancellation fee in the amount of the ticket price is owed after May 28, 2019.




16-20, Ui-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Venue Information:

  • Bukhansan Ui Station (북한산우이)
  • Exact meeting point will be communicated to registered participants before the event.