Seoul temple earns $18.3 mln in annual income

By Park Sae-jin Posted : April 4, 2016, 18:14 Updated : April 4, 2016, 18:14

Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple in South Korea's most affluent area, earned more than 18 million US dollars in total income last year through donations, prayer services, and other religious activities, data showed Monday.

The temple in Seoul's southern Gangnam district posted an income of 21 billion won (18.3 million US dollars), according to  data released by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism on its website.

Its income is higher than 20 billion won earned by the sect's head office, Jogyesa, in central Seoul.

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Jogye is South Korea's largest Buddhist sect with thousands of temples. Buddhism is South Korea's largest religion with followers accounting for more than 20 percent of the population.

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