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Jogyesa Temple

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Address: 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
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+82 2-732-2183
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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 Temple in city center. Very colorful around it and surrounding. Our guide was very informative about the temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice Temple in city center. Very colorful around it and surrounding. Our guide was very informative about the temple.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Admission: FREE admission The Temple: This temple is very close to Insa-dong Street. If you are shopping in the neighborhood, come and check out this temple. Love the status filled with flowers. Not only it is a tourist attraction spot but local Buddhists come to this temple as well. They also offer temple life and temple stay program for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small temple but many people prayer there and my tourist too. Beautiful place n located at city centre.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Religion is very important to Koreans. Korean culture and respect for beliefs is interesting if you visit the place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is always nice to visit temples because of the serenity of the place. It is an active temple that offer homestay for foreigners who wants to learn about Buddhism. Please be mindful and respectful and do not make noise or take picture of them while there are prayers in the main temple where the 3 golden statues are.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this place, it's beautiful from inside out. You can enter in, however please make sure you take your shoes off, and that you bow once on entry and once on exit. As people pray here, recording and photo is not allowed. These are the biggest indoor stages of 5 m and are really beautiful to look at.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

It's not a very grandiose religious building but it has some beautiful architecture and buddhas to look at.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Its relatively small but it is well located in between tall skyscrapers and offers a different perspective on bustling Seoul

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

Beautiful temple with historic architecture surrounded by the steel and glass of modern Seoul. Real working temple complete with monks and practitioners praying or just meditating in the serene environment. Temple was OK for taking pictures too. Very nice to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2017

it's a small place but so nice and if you are lucky you will be able to assist to a buda mass, or also and it wasn't my case, you will be able to see the golden buda.

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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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