Jogyesa Temple
Jogyesa Temple
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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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  • cristoph2010
    1,325 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquility in a bustling city
    A friend of mine highly recommended that I checked out Jogyesa Temple. I was planning on attending the morning chanting in the main hall but was late. Anyway, I sat outside and listened to the chanting for several minutes before checking out the pagoda, lotus plants, and surrounding. Although the main hall houses the three golden Buddhas, there's a smaller hall where I saw a monk leading a small prayer group.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • TRAVLINCOP
    Henderson, Nevada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to stop for an hour or so.
    some great photo opportunities can be had at the Jogyesa Temple. It was a stop on my VIP Travel Seoul City Full Day Tour. The Tour guide Gabby was just awesome. Lots of places to see and things to do on this highly recommended tour by VIP Travel
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple
    I visited this temple in the morning. It was during morning prayer and I saw mixed crowds of locals and tourists. The temple is very beautiful. There are beautiful statues of Buddha in the main building and architecture of the temples is stunning. The temple is in the middle of business district, but it is very peaceful there. It is worth visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Zolike78
    New Westminster, Canada313 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A break from hustle
    Went there twice during our stay, once during the day, once during the evening. It's really beautiful during both the day and night. Very quiet too, despite being in the middle of a very busy area. Go during service in the evening to experience something wonderful.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 22, 2023
  • Emma C
    Godalming, United Kingdom2,982 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of Joy
    I love it here! It's just so full of character, life, colour, and in November, Chrysanthemums and ladies selling lava hot red bean paste flower shaped goodies! It's not the biggest and it's not a touristy place, it's a proper working temple. On the day we visited, it was packed as there was an outside broadcast of the monks chanting inside the main hall. It was lovely!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 20, 2023
  • CanisHan
    Seoul, South Korea26,517 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    temple with the symbolism of Korean Buddhism in downtown Seoul.
    C ( 23.12.27 ) - 2nd visit. Jogyesa Temple is the birthplace of Korean Buddhism and is highly symbolic. It is not large compared to large local temples and is a popular place in the city. It does not look like a large local temple that harmonizes with the background such as mountains and valleys, but it is a temple worth visiting in the city.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Soudamini Mohapatra
    Bengaluru, India1,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Buddhist Temple
    Jogyesa temple is the head temple of Korean Buddhism and serves as the venue for Buddhist events. The temple was built in the 14th century which was destroyed in fire and rebuilt in 1910. The temple premises is decorated with colorful lanterns and it has 2 trees that believed to be 450 year old and more. The main hall has three Buddha statues. which serves as the prayer hall. There is a small pagoda within the complex. It's right at the city centre and within walking distance to many places of interest. It's a must visit place in Seoul.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2024
  • sophie j
    Kingston, Jamaica67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Korea so much more than i expected.
    It was a very nice place. They were preparing for the birthday celebration for Budah so the place was very colorful and bright. The people who work at the temple are very helpful and nice. For foreigners please remember it is a place of worship so please be respectful of the people who go there for worship and what the space mean to them. It is also very close to the Moxy Hotel where we stayed. About 5 mins walk.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 4, 2024
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I love it here! It's just so full of character, life, colour, and in November, Chrysanthemums and ladies selling lava hot red bean paste flower shaped goodies! It's not the biggest and it's not a touristy place, it's a proper working temple. On the day we visited, it was packed as there was an outside broadcast of the monks chanting inside the main hall. It was lovely!
Written December 20, 2023
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ManngaDua
Singapore, Singapore518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I visited this temple in the morning. It was during morning prayer and I saw mixed crowds of locals and tourists.
The temple is very beautiful. There are beautiful statues of Buddha in the main building and architecture of the temples is stunning. The temple is in the middle of business district, but it is very peaceful there.
It is worth visiting.
Written September 24, 2023
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea26,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
C ( 23.12.27 ) - 2nd visit.
Jogyesa Temple is the birthplace of Korean Buddhism and is highly symbolic. It is not large compared to large local temples and is a popular place in the city. It does not look like a large local temple that harmonizes with the background such as mountains and valleys, but it is a temple worth visiting in the city.
Written December 27, 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is a major Buddhist temple at the royal quarter of Seoul. Surrounded by tall buildings, Jogyesa is a neat, quaint place to experience local religious rituals. The compound is actually quite small and can be added to any trip to the palaces nearby.
Written January 6, 2023
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,601 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
My partner and I visited in while we were nearby in the area (after Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village). The temple itself appears to be just one main building with some small gardens around the outside. Not sure whether it’s because it was winter and very snowy, but there wasn’t much else to see. We stepped inside the temple with our shoes off, and it is very peaceful inside and very pretty, although we half felt like we were intruding a little bit. Overall, I would say if you are nearby it is worth a visit, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to see Jogyesa.
Written January 9, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I debated on this one but so glad I came.  The colours in the sunlight with all the decorations were so nice.  There were many local women performing rituals which was interesting to watch.  Small.  You need maybe ten to fifteen minutes.  Have a guide book or read up before going or you will just be looking!  I walked to Gyeongbokgung Palace after.  Easy to combine the two.
Written June 1, 2022
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Sarah C
Delft, The Netherlands20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I took off my shoes and sat inside to meditate. Two monks came and began chanting. It was a lovely experience, although construction nearby was jarring at times. It is right in the center of activity in Seoul, and I found the Bongeunsa temple with its forests and walking paths to be more peaceful. Still, this place is worth a visit for its lovely architecture, colors, and cultural experiences.

Also notable: I walked here from Gyeongbokgung Palace. I'd recommend combining the two of them.
Written June 28, 2022
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globetrotter8971
New York City, NY14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited the temple in June when they had thousands of lanterns still up from their festival, and it was extra special with all of the lanterns decorating the area (which only happens at the end of May through the end of June). It was a fun, quick stop and very easy to get you. I would recommend stopping in if you can even just to see the buddhas in the temple.
Written June 21, 2023
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Chris Ruggaluffagus
Yorktown, VA298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
This was an awesome experience, I loved visiting this temple. Between the lanterns, trees, Buddha’s, and chanting monks, this place had it all.

There are several times a year this place is awesome to visit. It was a great break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Written April 24, 2021
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Chen Ming Zhen
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
I am a Malaysian Chinese & had the worst & most humiliating experience at the Jogyesa Temple when l went for my holidays with my family to Seoul in Oct 2022. As our hotel is not very far from the temple, me & my family decided to visit the place & do our prayers there. I was most surprised that the nuns at the temple had set rules & discrimination against foreigners who went to the temple to pray. As l am a Buddhist, l kneel down inside the temple to perform my prayer & the nun ask me to leave & told me that l have to stand outside the temple to pray as only Koreans are allowed to enter the temple to do their prayers.

I think this ruling set by the temple is simply absurd. The temple should be considerate enough to place a notice at the entrance to state that only Koreans are allowed to enter the temple. With this shocking experience, I think this will be my first & last time visiting a temple in Korea, thanks to the rude & sarcastic nuns at the temple.
Written December 14, 2022
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