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Jogyesa, Seoul

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#8 of 47 in Historic Sites in Seoul
A symbol of Zen Buddhism in Korea, Jogyesa in lively downtown Seoul attracts worshipers from all over the world, culminating during the annual May celebrations of Buddha’s birthday. Although the temple was established in the distant 14th century, the current structure dates back to 1938, when it was proclaimed the headquarters of Korean Buddhism. Admire the imposing building and its spacious worship hall, adorned with vibrantly painted decorations and lanterns, or visit the courtyard, which boasts a pair of trees more than half a millennium old. Plan to visit Jogyesa during your Seoul vacation using our convenient Seoul travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This temple hidden in the city is a little tough to find. Once we got there we were mesmerized by all of the beautiful colors of the lanterns that create a canopy over the grounds. The Buddhas themsel...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The scale is small and located in the heart of the city to give it relaxes your mind time to me when I can hear the heart is shelter. When you visit near the Buddha's birthday as one of the best places where you can enjoy the wonderful Lotus Lantern decorations
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  • August 16, 2017
    you need to visit here if you like statues or budhas. we went all over the grounds and loved the statues.  more »
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  • May 21, 2017
    We were staying nearby and visited everyday. The store within this square has offerings to give to the temple and extremely beautiful beaded bracelets that you can sometimes catch on sale! Great place for a morning walk. If you can get up at 5 and 6 am (not hard with the jet lag) to head over- you can hear the chants and look in on the prayer.
  • June 16, 2017
    Beautiful Buddhist Temple in Seoul. Elegant and graceful but unobtrusive. It was quite busy when we were there with both tourists and worshippers but there was no sense of being rushed or hustled for anything. Very calm and peaceful experience.
  • June 7, 2017
    Ancient Buddhist temple in Seoul. It is a historically significant temple. Has beautiful lantern celebration on Buddha's birthday. has a Buddhist museum next to it. Also organizes Buddhist retreats, non Koreans can also take part.
  • May 31, 2017
    Everyone calls it pagoda in city. It is a peaceful place inside a busy city.
  • July 2, 2017
    Very active place and surrounding. Good to visit for Everyone.

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