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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.
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 5 days ago

A Buddhist Temple just s stone's throw from a busy street. With lots of greenery and very nicely decorated buildings. Free entrance. Many people praying, taking photos inside the building not allowed.

Thank ensam971
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jogyesa temple is pretty place in summer. When we went inside there was lots of lotus flowers. In pound I find some gold fish. Then when we went closer there was temple. Inside the temple are three big, gold sculptures of Budda(I think so) and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are certainly better temples to see in Seoul. I thought it was interesting, but overall a waste of time to see.

Thank Jfrinzi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jogyesa is not as beautiful as Bongeunsa or other temples we have seen in SK but it's perhaps the most accessible - a short walk from Insadong. There was scaffolding around the main building when we visited the first time but it was removed when...More

Thank doofvfood
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even when it is restorations across the place it is a wonderful place to meet locals praying so you can get a reference how one of the main religions behave.

Thank Eduardo B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My family and I were fortunate enough to visit the Jogyesa Temple while a Buddhist service was going on. Both the Temple and the service were beautiful and inspiring. One the most interesting things to do in Seoul and potentially the most spiritual (if you...More

Thank AndreLePlume
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Gorgeous buddhist temple in the heart of the city. The 3 buddha statues inside temple are totally worth seeing. Loved the energy of the place. Must visit when you are in seoul!

Thank Pratima_Nagaraj
Reviewed 2 June 2018

The Buddhist temples here were all roofed with brightly coloured lanterns which made for quite a display. Each one was the mark of a family donation and wishes for the future and then there were some areas with plain white lanterns which were prayers for...More

Thank MarcusHurley
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Relaxing to visit, the chanting inside. Outside they were handing out free water bottles. Great atmosphere and decor with the lanterns.

Thank Clint0n_81
Reviewed 30 May 2018

If you're in the Insa-dong area or visiting palaces, please make a stop by the Jogyesa Temple. Its a tranquil location, beautiful to wander in and there are guides/signages for foreign visitors to direct your visit. Of course as a temple / religious venue please...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