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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 3 days ago via mobile

It is a small, but an important temple for the believers and for the tourists to experience the atmosphere

Thank Sena S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a breath of fresh air in the touristy district of Insadong. Stepping into the grounds, you are greeted by a profusion of lotus flowers. We were there during prayer time, so we did not go inside the main temple but stood outside, looking...More

Thank Legopod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very close to the main shopping and restaurants area of Insadong. I visited during the spring of 2014 and enjoyed it. It's also along the way to Cheonggyecheon Stream so perfect to plan all three spots in one day and walk from one to the...More

Thank Ree R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is in the middle of Insadong. It's easy to find and small in terms of the grounds. We found it on the way from Gyeongbukgong Palace to Insadong shopping area. There are good photo ops and you can pray there, but that's about...More

Thank aisle67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful place to visit just off a busy street. They had a table set up for foreign visitors to get information. While I did not participate, they do offer a temple stay program. Spent a few hours here listening to a service that was going...More

Thank smushpanda
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in mid-April and the courtyard was already being decorated with colored lanterns for Buddha's birthday in May. We walked around taking pictures and were able to catch a glimpse of the magnificent golden statues inside the temple. It was beautiful!

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

when we visited prayers were going on, it seems some renovation is going on too. it is not a huge temple but still loved it. very beautiful

Thank Sumit S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

also very peaceful considering it is in the middle of the city. I walked here and the surroundings were beautiful. A lot of nature in the midst of a busy city like Seoul. Also across the street is a church that serves a vegan meal...More

Thank sethmichaels2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking around the city and came across this temple. Went in and wow it was so nice! Beautiful courtyard, and statues. I would say go, take in the temple and a chance for nice pictures!

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 12 July 2018

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.

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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 neighborhoods. Being
one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich
with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and
temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square
with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of
you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and
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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