The Chief Temple of Korean Buddhism

Jogyesa Temple


Jogyesa Temple is the headquarters of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order, the traditional Korean Buddhist order whose history dates back almost 1200 years ago to the age of Unified Silla. It's located in the heart of Seoul near Gyeongbokgung Palace and the popular tourist area of Insadong. The temple was founded all the way back in 1395 and emerged as the center of Korean Buddhism during Japanese colonial rule in 1937. Its main hall was constructed with pine wood from Mount Baekdu, now in modern-day North Korea, which is revered by Koreans on both sides of the DMZ, and two five hundred-year-old trees stand in its courtyard. 


Around the time of Buddha's Birthday, a major holiday in Korea, Jogyesa Temple becomes awash in color, with lanterns hanging all over the temple like a rainbow. The three-day festival surrounding Buddha's Birthday culminates in the Lotus Lantern Parade, which goes from Dongdaemun, along Jongno, before ending at the temple. Thousands of participants carry their own handmade lanterns, lighting up Downtown Seoul. There's also a temple stay program for foreign tourists to experience Buddhist culture, with both daytime and overnight programs available. 


Company NameJogyesa Temple (조계사)
Category Accommodation Tickets & Passes Others
URLs Homepage
Languages Available English

55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea 55

Take Line 3 to Anguk Station and go out Exit 6. -> Walk straight about 180 meters to the end of the block then turn left, going down the right side of the fork in the road. -> Walk straight for about 150 meters, then turn right. Jogyesa Temple will be in front of you.

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