There are many Buddhist Temples in Seoul, but The Jogyesa is located right in the center of the city and is considered the main Korean Buddhist Temple. It is a short block away from the Insadong-gil and a short walk up from the main street Jongno. The first thing I noticed upon visiting the grounds of the temple was the casual and relaxed nature of the site. Being in the center of the city, with main street right at its door does not give off a very deeply religious sense as it would had it been in a secluded area, but then again it would not be accessible as it is. However, it is still a moving experience and the buildings are beautiful, painted and decorated in spectacular colors and designs. The grounds are adorned with many colorful lanterns. There are shops all around the grounds for shopping souvenirs and Buddhist artifacts. There are many old stately trees that will give protection from the sun and they also enhance the sense of serenity that you would expect in a religious setting. The 3 golden Buddhas in the building are the largest shrines to Buddhism in Seoul. There is also a smaller Buddha in a glass case and it dates back to the 1500's. There is a small tea house on the grounds, an information center, and also the Buddhist Museum. The Jogyesa Buddhist Temple is very easy to get to, with much history and culture and a worthwhile visit.
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