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Jogyesa Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea,
and is famous for being located in the city.
From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards
Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple.
The first thing you will notice at the temple are the
These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon,
the main temple building, are about 500 years old.
One locust tree is about 26-meter high, and in the summer,
provides a large amount of shade to enhance the mood of
The baeksong tree is designated as a Natural Monument.
The Daeungjeon building is a stately building built in
The Dancheong is particularly beautiful with all the
different colors painted on it, and inside the building is
the Seokgamoni statue.
In front of the Daeungjeon building, you can also see a
7-story stone pagoda containing Jinsinsari.
Jogyesa Temple does not give off the solemn and
traditional air of the other temples located deep in the
mountains, or offer the seasonal scenery of the mountains
and the sea. But because it is located in the middle of
the city, the transportation is convenient, and is well
connected to the surrounding areas. It is good for
tourists on a tight schedule.
Along the street around Jogyesa Temple are many Buddhist
specialty shops, selling such things as prayer beads,
Buddhist writings, incense, as well as souvenirs such as
dolls and key chains. If you are interested in Buddhism, these stores may be worth looking around.
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