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Jogyesa, Seoul

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#6 of 46 in Historic Sites in Seoul
Monument Religious Site
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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  • Jogyesa temple is open to everyone and a lovely place to meditate. You can enter the temple but remember to remove your shoes and respect the other people who are there to pray. It appears that it is ...  more »
  • This is a relatively small temple all in all, with a central facility and a small group of outlying buildings. The main temple is beautiful, and was in full business when I was there, chanting and all...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I went to Jogyesa and wanted to try the temple stay at the best temple in Korea, but then decided not to due to time constraint, because we also went to Nami Island and other fun pla...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everyone calls it pagoda in city. It is a peaceful place inside a busy city.
  • Very active place and surrounding. Good to visit for Everyone.