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Jogyesa Temple

45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
+82 2-732-2183
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-732-2183
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not particularly a Buddhist myself, I would not recommend any tourists going out of their way if only to visit this temple. As it isn't particularly unique compared to temples in China (and this one is quite small), you should only pass through this temple...More

Thank Mimi A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As someone who is by no means an expert in Buddhism, I wasn't too sure what the attraction of this temple was for tourists. Compared to many temples in China and Japan, I did not find it to be anywhere near as impressive or interesting....More

Thank simonlukeholmes
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This temple’s design every autumn is very beautiful. It never fails to amaze me every year. This year the design was for autumn flowers in the shape of tulip. How was that? You don’t need to pay to enter Jogyesa. It accessible when you are...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are passing by, pop in - I wouldn't travel hours to see it. There is a nice vibe and no-one minds tourists being here.

Thank rachelaP9640IO
Reviewed 13 January 2018

This temple is centrally located in the Insadong area. There is an attached store. If you have seen big temples in other countries, this will be a dissappointment.

Thank AKW52245
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

This temple is rather large with very ornate details. From the temple itself to the surrounding gates. It is definitely worth the time taken to see it. The 3 Golden Buddha’s in the temple were magnificent. Additionally it has an English visitor center. Directly across...More

Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Its a beautiful temple with statues of golden Buddha inside. Atmosphere is very calm & serene. We visited it on 1st January so it was full with local people who had come to offer their prayers. Devotees also burn incense outside . Beautiful Korean architecture...More

Thank singhalanju
Reviewed 15 December 2017

Jogyesa Temple is close to Insadong, about 5 mins walking distance. The temple is not big. The garden of temple is the nicest part. There are trees and lots of flowers with various colors. You can see the high-rise building around the temple, which makes...More

Thank WorldTravellerSoon
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

I visited Jogyesa temple on 6th October 2017. This temple has 3 golden Buddhas seated in the main temple with lots of lanterns on the inside roof. The outside has beautiful flowers growing from the ground. The flowers scenery on the outside of the Jogyesa...More

Thank Baby008
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Jogyesa Temple is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Korea and a symbol of Korean Buddhism. It is located in the heart of the city near Insadong. Since 1936, it has been the head temple of the first district of the Jogye Order...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
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Zhou F
5 September 2017|
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Response from cmimih | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, Jogyesa has a temple stay program but I don't know the details. I do know that there are a number of temples in S Korea that do offer temple stays--in more natural surroundings than Jogyesa.
Zhou F
5 September 2017|
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Response from Triple_E_Travels | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can stay at the temple. There are a few all day programs but only one overnight program. You can check them all out on the temple stay website.
Marylee B
29 May 2016|
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Response from Esther S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Marylee B: I am glad that you will have time in Seoul to visit this temple. It is open every day. There is a museum next door. Both are open to the public, and there is no cost to visit either the temple or the... More