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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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Worth the visit. You could include in your cramped itenerary --- short visit but rich experience. You could go here after your Gyeongbokgung Temple tour. Near Insadong also... read more

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Worth the visit. You could include in your cramped itenerary --- short visit but rich experience. You could go here after your Gyeongbokgung Temple tour. Near Insadong also --- you could buy your souveneirs after your Jogyesa escapade. Also a few blocks away from Bukchon Hanok Village site. Nice place to take pictures.

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We ran into this temple while venturing around the busy walking street of Insadong. Nestled right between the palace and the busy walkway, Jogyesa radiates with colorful lanterns, enormous Buddhas, and meditating locals. Despite its enormous size, Jogyesa is quiet - it's the perfect place to rest your feet or take a break from the busyness of Seoul.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a beautiful Buddhist temple. We were lucky to visit during the celebration of Buddha birth as the temple was covered in colorful lanterns. Remember to hug the 400 year old tree for good luck.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The area is small but a good one to walk around in quietly and meditate while looking at the temple structures around. I came when hundreds of colored lanterns were hung high up creating a colorful ceiling of light. I like stopping by this place when I'm around Insadong as it gives you a moment to gather thoughts and find... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We happened upon this Buddhist Temple by accident. Our youngest son had said if we had the chance we should visit this location. We had been wandering around the centre of Seoul when we were attracted by the beautiful colours of the lanterns.

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A nice Budha temple in the center of th city very coulorfull outside and very impressive inside with lots of people.

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We visited at night time in May and there were thousands of colorful lanterns for Buddha's birthday. Beautiful! Recommended.

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Beautiful Buddhist temple in the middle of the city. Some nice buildings and very interesting statues and surroundings. We were during Buddha's birthday celebration during the day and in the evening. It was magnificent with hundred of lanterns around.

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Magical place in the heart of Seoul, the multicolor lanterns make this temple an incredible place to visit at whatever season.

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There was ceremony there, so we heard nice voices singing. The temple was full of people. The interior is beautiful as well.

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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 neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre 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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