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Jogyesa Temple

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Address: 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This beautiful, colorful temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea....

This beautiful, colorful temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea. Equally lovely is the courtyard, which is filled with vibrant lanterns and trees more than 500 years old.

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This is considered the "head temple" of Buddhist temples in Korea. A good stop for sure as you wonder around the streets of Insa-Dong scouting for that perfect souvenir.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is considered the "head temple" of Buddhist temples in Korea. A good stop for sure as you wonder around the streets of Insa-Dong scouting for that perfect souvenir.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice relaxing temple a stone's throw away from Insadong. I decided to make a short detour since I was visiting Insadong area. Nice quite corner in the city to visit.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very beautiful & sacred place Kind of relax and quite , everybody is worshiping and doing what they believe There is some kind of misterIous energy around :) I liked it very much

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Thank Amin N
Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We strolled upon this site and was totally amazed.. We actually witnessed people actually praying. It was an amazing sight.

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, I don't know a lot of the Buddhist religion other than the basics but I was intrigued to see the believers in their prayers and meditations today. The area is getting ready for Buddha's birthday on May 3 so the place is decorated so pretty with bright colourful lanterns. I went inside the temple, sat down and... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked this temple a lot. The 3 big Buddhas make and impression and the temple has a strong positive energy inside. I happened to visit at the time of buddhist service which was also powerful. The plaza in front of temple is also a colourful sight. It is just next to Insadong and very easy to reach. So dont... More 

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Reidsville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple is a stunningly lovely example of the architecture, design, decoration and care put into a worship site for practitioners of Korean Buddhism. Glory in the beauty both inside & outside. Inside, do take care not to disturb the practitioners as they worship. Absolutely worth a stop, you need perhaps 15-20 minutes in total to view everything.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my favourite temple in South Korea (I visited 4). It's near Insadong (between Insadong street 10-12) and I spent 2 hours here because I listened to the monks prayer for an hour. The lanterns everywhere are so beautiful and I bought some souvenirs inside the temple shop (they had nice bracelets). Highly recommend this temple.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a colorful and interesting place near the palaces and Insadong. If you can arrive during a Buddhist service it is even more impressive.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Insadong and the temple isn't that far away. It was a day of worship with the monks chanting which was a huge highlight. The temple was getting ready for Buddhas birthday. Just wonderful being there!!

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If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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