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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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Phone Number: +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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Amazing peaceful place

If you have the opportunity to travel to South Korea visit this temple, everything in South Korea is very interesting, but visiting a temple is a nice experience

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
North Port, Florida
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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want to explore the temples in Seoul, you can include this in your list. After exploring Insadong, you can also visit this place.

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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have the opportunity to travel to South Korea visit this temple, everything in South Korea is very interesting, but visiting a temple is a nice experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this temple as part of an evening tour I took around Seoul. We spent about 15 minutes walking the grounds. The properly around the temple was decorated with thousands of mums in many different types of arrangements including tunnels, trees, and altar shapes. The central temple (we did not go in as a service was in progress) was... More 

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Phetchaburi Province, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

วันที่ไป เป็นกลางเดือนตุลาคม มีเทศกาลดอกไม้ พอดี มีการจัดประดับ ตกแต่ง สถานที่ สวยงามมาก แต่มีผู้ที่ไปสวดมนต์อยู่หน้าพระพุทธรูปด้านใน จึงเข้าไม่ได้ This temple is small but settle in middle of town beautiful and sublime

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am really glad I stopped at Jogyesa Temple. The grounds surrounding it are beautiful, offering water scenes, plants, trees (one of them is 500 years old,) canopies of lanterns, and beautiful architecture. While not a quiet attraction necessarily, it was very peaceful and tranquil. The temple is a great spot in the city to take a break from the... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to visit this temple during the celebration of Buhddas birthday. There was a program with music, dance and activities. The lanterns were amazing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is beautiful at night with illuminated flower beds. The 3 large buddha statues are impressive . The buildings are old korean style ,as are the surrounding buildings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way to the Jongmyo palace and old Seoul neighborhood, we saw this temple from the street and decided to stop. There was a ceremony with singing monks inside the temple and it was surrounded by flowers arranged around different shapes and statues and many plants everywhere in the garden. Two of the big statues covered in flowers and... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a very nice temple. Not a very big place but the beautiful lanterns hanging outside gives it a festive look. Very peaceful. A must see for first timers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely Buddhist temple. We were there in the midst of autumn festival. Flowers were everywhere. The place is very well maintained, and the guide at the Information was most helpful. In the evening the temple is lighted up. Opposite the temple, across the road is the Temple Stay organisation. On the 5th floor there is a beautiful... More 

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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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