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“History of Buddhist culture, very moving and educational.”
Review of Jogyesa Temple

Jogyesa Temple
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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.
Reviewed December 4, 2012

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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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This temple is on the edge of Insadong, so it's really easy to find. The gardens here are beautiful, there are similar ones at the front of COEX mall as well. If you have time then join one of the preys inside the temple as well.

There were lots of stalls selling vegetarian snacks when I was there with free samples so do check them out. There is an information centre across the street as well.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

The on-going Blooms in Jogyesa display is both a visual and sensory experience. The beautiful colorful displays of the bloom offerings are masterfully designed. Add to that a Bonsai Chrysanthemum exhibit and your trip to this very accessible temple , a hop away from Insadong, take the alley across the Samzeigil entrance. The fresh smell of the blooms calms you, perfect for that meditaion at the main temple. Definitelly a must visit in Seoul.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

This may be one of the most accesible major religious site anywhere in the world. This stunning temple, located right near Insadong, a major shopping and tourist area, is the center of Korean Buddhism, and they couldn't be more welcoming to visitors. There's a museum about Buddhism next to the temple, and the visitor info people encourage questions (and speak English, and have a small guide about the temple, also in English). There was a service going on when I arrived, and I was encouraged to listen in (all windows and door remain open during services, so you can easily watch quietly).The inside of the temple is a powerful image, 3 huge gold Buddhas and a small very old golden Buddha in a glass case beside them. There's a stupa outside the temple, many people were circling the stupa reciting prayers quietly. Considering the great importance of this temple to the people of Korea it is extraordinary how open the place is to visitors. A beautiful and very moving place, not to be missed during a visit to Seoul.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

A lovely temple, beautiful colors. I sat in on a "service", quite an experience. I recommend visiting if you can.

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