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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
+82 2-732-2183
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Reviewed today via mobile

For first time visitor if u wanna have a glimpse of the Buddhist religion for the South Koreans, this temple is a highly recommended venue to visit. A very sacred place with locals saying prayers in their offerings to the golden buddha statues. A thumbs...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jetsetter_SG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened to find this little gem on our walk around town. The first thing that hit us was the overwhelming smell of flowers. The area is covered in small pots of flowers donated by people. Surprisingly it was very quiet considering how close to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mikkilmack
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit at night to see the gardens lit up and lanterns on display - a magical wonderland! Only needs 1/2 hour tops so check out on the way to / from shopping and dining in Insadong.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank QueenPea3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went late October as a side trip before visiting Insadong on a Sunday afternoon. the temple is a short distance from Anguk Station and Insadong with no entrance fees. this was a very worthwhile 1 hour stroll among the dazzling mum displays around the clean...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mabel j
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the temple during prayer so didn't go inside out of respect, but the gardens around the outside are beautiful. The flowers had such a lovely smell, and the buildings are traditional and oozing history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EmmaVestrheim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a first sight in my tour! I wa imressed by the beauty of a view and flowers around. Very splenfud view. Budda is a super hero in South Korea. It is prohibited to make picture inside the temple. The statues of Budda are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank N2718JL_
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For someone not in the faith the temple represents, it was a curiosity. But, if you go, please be mindful that people are actively praying all around you, not just inside/in-front-of the main temple. It is a colorful and joyful place. At first, some of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ilivetotravel_Raul
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be here for the annual flower festival and it was amazing. (late October). This can be a quick stop visit if you need filler in your schedule. Worth seeing!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank uostatechef
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Temple with big golden Buddha statue. But the best part of this temple are the flowers! The colourful flowers are beautifully arranged around the temple.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ashleychoo
Reviewed 3 November 2018

A nice pagoda near Anguk station. I think you should come there at least once time. The pagoda is smaller than Bongeungsa . From this, you can go to many place around.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.
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