Jogyesa Temple was built in 1910. It is the head of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order. In 2010 the temple celebrated it’s 100 year anniversary. The temple is unique in that it is located in the heart of Seoul. The first thing you notice upon entering the grounds of the temple are the two huge trees. Both Trees are over 500 years old. The tree at the entrance is a locust tree and the tree beside the main hall is white pine tree. The main building is called Daeungjeon Hall and was constructed in 1938. The wooden panels of the temple are painted with images depicting the life and teachings of Buddha. In front of Daeungjeon hall is Jinsinsari, a seven story stone pagoda.
Every year during the month of May there is a lotus lantern festival at Jogyesa Temple. The festival is celebrating Buddha’s birthday and involves many different events. Jogyesa temple is very important for Korean people. During the Japanese Occupation of Korea, Jogyesa Temple was the spiritual backbone for the Korean people. After gaining independence, a purification movement was led by the temple to rid Korea of Japanese Buddhism ideology that was forced upon them during Japanese Rule.
Opening Hours / Admission:
The grounds of the temple are open 24 hours a day. Some of the halls and ceremonial areas are open from 04:00-21:00.
How to get to Jogyesa Temple:
Take line 3 to Anguk station and leave exit 6. Follow the map below
Alternatively, take line 1 to Jonggak station and leave exit 2. Head straight, temple on left. Follow map below.
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