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Jogyesa Temple

Address: 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-732-2183
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Ranked #32 of 382 Attractions in Seoul
Type: Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
Fee: No
Owner description: This beautiful, colorful temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in...
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Type: Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Seoul, South Korea
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
57 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Detroit, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Entrancing chants. Beautiful flowers at the chrysanthemum festival! Loved seeing tranquil setting in such a busy city!

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Ankara, Turkey
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111 reviews 111 reviews
53 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A small buddhist temple in the Insadong area. Because of its location it is always full of tourists. Sometimes the tourists don't pay necessary respect to the people who make their prayer services and annoy them. I saw a woman enter inside one of the prayer rooms, stand behind a praying monk and pose for a photo. Anyway, the red... More 

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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59 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Not far from the Westin Chosun this temple provides a slice of peace in the hectic city. We were lucky enough to go when there was a chrysanthemum festival which added colour to the scene. The temple itself is small and there is little around it, but the feeling of peace it generates is restful.

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you have spare time, you can visit this temple. It an ordinary temple with no distinct feature except for the three huge Buddhas. It is located in the city of Jongno-gu, Seoul, that is why you can add it to your itinerary. However, if you already included Bongeunsa in your itinerary, you need not go here.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Right in the middle of downtown Seoul (jongno-gu) , just blocks and easy walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace, is Joygesa Temple. Intricate and exquisite architecture. Visitors are welcome to climb the steps and view the interior of the temple from the doors and windows. Inside are three golden buddhas and those engaged in prayer. Taking photos discretely is permitted. Be sure... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you're not more at peace after sitting outside (while seeing into) this temple with three massive Buddhas at 6:00 p.m., at dusk, listening to the 33 rings of the gong, watching the devout who enter to pray, and listening to the service -- well, just see what it can do.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a really nice temple located amongst a sea of modern buildings. The grounds are well kept and the shrines inside are jaw droppingly large. They are by far the biggest we've seen in Korea so far. It not our favorite temple, but it holds a solid place in the middle of the pack. I actually enjoyed this place... More 

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