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Jogyesa Temple, Seoul

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A symbol of Zen Buddhism in Korea, Jogyesa Temple 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. Using our online itinerary creator, Seoul attractions like Jogyesa Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This temple and sublime located in middle of the city, it is a place of peace and meditation. The garden has the entrance is very beautiful.
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  • Not particularly a Buddhist myself, I would not recommend any tourists going out of their way if only to visit this temple. As it isn't particularly unique compared to temples in China (and this one i...  more »
  • Especially recommended for Buddha's birthday (very impressive decorated) or to the "divine service" daily 18:00 (impressive drum and bells introduction and lighting in the dark season)
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  • Old Buddhist temple. Has large main hall for prayer and meditation. Had many options to shop and eat in the locality.
  • Very great temple located in the city and next to Insadong market. Even though it's not a big temple, but it's decoratedwith flowers beautifully especially in the period I visited (early November 2017).
  • ✓ Very well-organized temple with full of seasonal events like outdoor flower-gardening exhibitions and so on. ✓ Situated at the very center of Seoul(Subway Line 3 Anguk) ✓ Headquarter of Korean temples
  • 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.

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