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Jogyesa Temple

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Address: 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-732-2183
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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Very nice location

The location of the temple is very nice with nice lanterns decoration. The temple is small with a lot of people. Nice to walk around and view the area

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A beautiful temple that we stopped by to visit on our Seoul City Tour. It was beautifully landscaped with many flowers! One of the most important Korean Temples with the largest Buddha shrine in Seoul. It was an easy stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I always like to go here each time I go to Korea. It gives me a sense of peace. I'm not Buddhist but I feel spiritual and my soul relaxes each time I go here.

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Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The location of the temple is very nice with nice lanterns decoration. The temple is small with a lot of people. Nice to walk around and view the area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I really liked this temple because it had a nice central location in Seoul and was impressive with the Buddha statues. It's free to look around and you can spend 30 minutes to an hour taking pictures before moving on to the next site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This temple just seems like it belongs in the middle of Seoul. Something about it seems so natural and calming. Really worth a stop during your busy day for some quiet reflection and to bring you back into the moment. The golden buddhas are stunning and the coloured painting on the outside of the temple is really unique to Korean... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Glad I stopped by this temple. There is something magical about it. The architecture is beautiful. There are many people partaking in prayer services, however one can still get close and enjoy the temple. There are some cars allowed to park right in front, and some shacks around it. That needs to be cleaned up, however should not deter one... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

If you're there during a festival or event (such as Buddha's birthday), the place is covered with amazing and colorful decorations. Overall it's a nice, peaceful refuge in the middle of the city. Clean and well maintained, it's worth a walk around to check it out. But if you do have the chance to be there during a festival or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

we were lucky enough to visit the temple during Buddha's birthday celebration so they were having a party. Live music and singers and it was filled with thousands of paper lanterns. SO PRETTY. We didn't stay long since it was absolutely over crowded that day, but we are glad we stopped by for a short visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Such a piece full place. You can have a wish written for 30000won and hang up by the temple stuff. They will also pray for you.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We visited a week before Buddha's birthday, the place is very festive. Colorful lights and lanterns hang outside the temple. The temple is small but interesting, it is also nice to visit temples and learn how people pray and how do they practice their religion. The 3 Buddha's inside are temple are really big and beautiful.

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Address: 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-732-2183
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Gwanghwamun / Jongno

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center 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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