I decided to do a half day tour so I could see a couple of the most popular sights in Seoul. The first stop was Jogyesa Temple, a Buddhist temple that became the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism back in 1936. It plays a leading role in the current state of Zen Buddhism in South Korea.
The temple is easily accessible since it’s located right in the city off the busy streets of Jongno.
We visited during a very colorful time. From October 11th until November 11th, the Jogyesa Temple Chrysanthemum Festival showcases the classic autumn flower in fun ways with bright flower decorations around the temple grounds.
The Daeungjeon (main temple hall) was built in 1938. It is named after Shakyamuni Buddha, whose golden statue is found inside. The lovely locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon are about 500 years old.
The flowers were beautiful. It was a nice little surprise to visit during this time.
Around the temple grounds you’ll find a variety of stores and shops that specialize in Buddhist items that make for great souvenirs. Items include small Buddha statues, prayer beads, incense, small wooden gongs, and monks’ clothing.
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea
– Open All Year Round
– Free Admission