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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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Temple visit during Buddha's birthday! Lanterns

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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Manila, Philippines
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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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This lovely temple is located very close to Insadong tourist vicinity. We were greeted with lots of colourful lanterns along the road leading to the temple as well as in the temple ground itself, apparently to celebrate Buddha's birthday in the month of May. There are huge Buddha statues in the main hall where you can see devotees are having... More 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I just came across this temple. It's located in the center of the seoul. When I visited on May 1st, there were many colorful lanterns up above. My friends told you'll see the view only on May.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a very charming temple with a lot of action. When we were there there was a prayer, many, many people and lots of colors. When you're walking through the city anyway this is a nice place to stop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I'm very surprised by the glowing reviews that I see for this attraction. I went here on my last day in Seoul, and was surprised by how small the temple was. The temple merely consists of a gate, a small drum tower and one building for the actual temple. The building themselves don't look authentic, and on the actual temple... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

If you are unsure about visiting a temple, make sure you stop by the information office which is located immediately to the left once you enter the entrance gates. An elderly gentleman will explain what you need to do when entering the temple (prostrate and make a donation). While we were informed, we still felt out of place and as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is some what of a small temple by comparison with the other famous temples in Korea. But around the time of Buddha's birthday (around May) there is a lantern festival on the street in front of the temple and the temple itself get decorated beautifully.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We could see only the outside part of temple. There was no way to enter the temple and visit all parts of it closely. In comparison to other temples, I do not recommend it to visit.

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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.