Jogyesa Temple
Jogyesa Temple
4.5
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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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  • globetrotter8971
    New York City, New York14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple easy to get to
    We visited the temple in June when they had thousands of lanterns still up from their festival, and it was extra special with all of the lanterns decorating the area (which only happens at the end of May through the end of June). It was a fun, quick stop and very easy to get you. I would recommend stopping in if you can even just to see the buddhas in the temple.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2023
  • cristoph2010
    1,286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquility in a bustling city
    A friend of mine highly recommended that I checked out Jogyesa Temple. I was planning on attending the morning chanting in the main hall but was late. Anyway, I sat outside and listened to the chanting for several minutes before checking out the pagoda, lotus plants, and surrounding. Although the main hall houses the three golden Buddhas, there's a smaller hall where I saw a monk leading a small prayer group.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
  • TRAVLINCOP
    Henderson, Nevada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to stop for an hour or so.
    some great photo opportunities can be had at the Jogyesa Temple. It was a stop on my VIP Travel Seoul City Full Day Tour. The Tour guide Gabby was just awesome. Lots of places to see and things to do on this highly recommended tour by VIP Travel
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple
    I visited this temple in the morning. It was during morning prayer and I saw mixed crowds of locals and tourists. The temple is very beautiful. There are beautiful statues of Buddha in the main building and architecture of the temples is stunning. The temple is in the middle of business district, but it is very peaceful there. It is worth visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Zolike78
    New Westminster, Canada313 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A break from hustle
    Went there twice during our stay, once during the day, once during the evening. It's really beautiful during both the day and night. Very quiet too, despite being in the middle of a very busy area. Go during service in the evening to experience something wonderful.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
  • Emma C
    Godalming, United Kingdom2,933 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of Joy
    I love it here! It's just so full of character, life, colour, and in November, Chrysanthemums and ladies selling lava hot red bean paste flower shaped goodies! It's not the biggest and it's not a touristy place, it's a proper working temple. On the day we visited, it was packed as there was an outside broadcast of the monks chanting inside the main hall. It was lovely!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 December 2023
  • CanisHan
    Seoul, South Korea26,498 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    temple with the symbolism of Korean Buddhism in downtown Seoul.
    C ( 23.12.27 ) - 2nd visit. Jogyesa Temple is the birthplace of Korean Buddhism and is highly symbolic. It is not large compared to large local temples and is a popular place in the city. It does not look like a large local temple that harmonizes with the background such as mountains and valleys, but it is a temple worth visiting in the city.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Soudamini Mohapatra
    Bengaluru, India1,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Buddhist Temple
    Jogyesa temple is the head temple of Korean Buddhism and serves as the venue for Buddhist events. The temple was built in the 14th century which was destroyed in fire and rebuilt in 1910. The temple premises is decorated with colorful lanterns and it has 2 trees that believed to be 450 year old and more. The main hall has three Buddha statues. which serves as the prayer hall. There is a small pagoda within the complex. It's right at the city centre and within walking distance to many places of interest. It's a must visit place in Seoul.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
  • sophie j
    Kingston, Jamaica67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Korea so much more than i expected.
    It was a very nice place. They were preparing for the birthday celebration for Budah so the place was very colorful and bright. The people who work at the temple are very helpful and nice. For foreigners please remember it is a place of worship so please be respectful of the people who go there for worship and what the space mean to them. It is also very close to the Moxy Hotel where we stayed. About 5 mins walk.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 May 2024
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sophie j
Kingston, Jamaica67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It was a very nice place. They were preparing for the birthday celebration for Budah so the place was very colorful and bright. The people who work at the temple are very helpful and nice. For foreigners please remember it is a place of worship so please be respectful of the people who go there for worship and what the space mean to them. It is also very close to the Moxy Hotel where we stayed. About 5 mins walk.
Written 4 May 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Jogyesa temple is the head temple of Korean Buddhism and serves as the venue for Buddhist events. The temple was built in the 14th century which was destroyed in fire and rebuilt in 1910. The temple premises is decorated with colorful lanterns and it has 2 trees that believed to be 450 year old and more. The main hall has three Buddha statues. which serves as the prayer hall. There is a small pagoda within the complex. It's right at the city centre and within walking distance to many places of interest. It's a must visit place in Seoul.
Written 25 April 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I almost skipped this sight due to temple fatigue. Sure glad we decided to stop. It was probably the most colorful temple we visited. It was one of favorites in South Korea.
Written 6 April 2024
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Courtney C
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful place, letting tourists respectfully observe their prayer is amazing. All of the grounds are gorgeous. I was a little disappointed the prayer printer kiosks weren’t working but they had people there to write them for you.
Written 21 March 2024
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fire-tower
2,890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Jogyesa Temple is Seoul’s most prominent temple and the headquarters of the Jogye order (Korea’s primary Buddhist sect). The temple is beautiful and well maintained, and there’s a certain sense of serenity when you are here. This is definitely a recommended place to visit if you are in Seoul, and is a short 7 minute stroll from Insadong.
Written 7 January 2024
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea26,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
C ( 23.12.27 ) - 2nd visit.
Jogyesa Temple is the birthplace of Korean Buddhism and is highly symbolic. It is not large compared to large local temples and is a popular place in the city. It does not look like a large local temple that harmonizes with the background such as mountains and valleys, but it is a temple worth visiting in the city.
Written 27 December 2023
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I love it here! It's just so full of character, life, colour, and in November, Chrysanthemums and ladies selling lava hot red bean paste flower shaped goodies! It's not the biggest and it's not a touristy place, it's a proper working temple. On the day we visited, it was packed as there was an outside broadcast of the monks chanting inside the main hall. It was lovely!
Written 20 December 2023
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Zolike78
New Westminster, Canada313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Went there twice during our stay, once during the day, once during the evening. It's really beautiful during both the day and night. Very quiet too, despite being in the middle of a very busy area. Go during service in the evening to experience something wonderful.
Written 22 November 2023
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,247 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the key Buddhist Temple in Seoul and was quite interesting to visit. The Buddhist approach to religion is rather unique and it is interesting to explore the Temple and learn a bit more about their faith.
Written 20 October 2023
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joanne c
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We did the overnight temple stay and really enjoyed it. Learning about buddhism and listening to the monks chanting, making lotus flower lanterns and doing the 108 prostrations - enjoyed everything on the program.
Written 20 October 2023
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