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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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One of the oldest temple in central Seoul

Even if you are not into Buddhism, this place still worth visiting when you are in the town. The huge buddha statute inside of the main building, people studying and praying in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Even if you are not into Buddhism, this place still worth visiting when you are in the town. The huge buddha statute inside of the main building, people studying and praying in front of it, the pretty garden, and the architecture...i can't list all.

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Evansville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Very neat place. I loved the wood working and intricate details. But, we visited during a service so we were limited in what we could get close to and had to stay quiet. Overall, I recommend it.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Location closed to Insadong 11 Gil alley; These are small Buddhist temple where 3 golden Bhuddha situated inside. Many local Korean middle age women-men gathered for priest summon on weekday. The ceiling decorated with flower lantern so beutiful inside.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Not sure if this is a must visit but we got to visit this temple as part of the Seoul Transit Tour from Incheon airport. This is the next stop after the Gyeongbok Palace and before the Insadong Street tour. We came in late Nov when there was a flower festival (chrysanthenums ? ) displays, love hearts, etc which makes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

As a non-Buddhist, I am curious and easily delighted by the Buddhist temples beauty. Again this was the case: this temple looks very harmonic with the trees and the square next to it. I just wished there were more information available in English about it and its history.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I visited this temple on 29th November 2014 whilst visiting Korea on business. It is located in the popular tourist shopping area of Insadong. "Jogyesa" is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, becoming so in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a lovely Buddhist temple, neatly tucked away in Insadong. While the temple itself is not that big, the structure and its surrounding are rather charming. There are always loads of people inside the temple, most of which seems like tourists. Do try to keep quiet inside the temple, as the locals try to pray and will rarely tell... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Are you interested in Korean Buddhism? Jogyesa temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, located in the center of downtown. Most of Korean temples are located in mountains and remote places from the city. Likely Bongeunsa temple in Gangnam, the southern part of Seoul, you can easily visit this temple. Worships are held 3 times a day and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A sacred Buddhist temple. Although tourist are welcome, you are expected to observe silence because a lot of people are praying. An english speaking guide can explain to you about the temple at no cost. Cameras are not allowed inside but you can take pictures from outside.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This temple is close by Gyeongbokgung Palace so is not bad to check this out , the real beauty of temple can be 3 Buddha inside the main house and flowers designed in the temple environment .

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