As the main temple as well as the district head temple of the Jogye order in Seoul, Jogyesa Temple is the center of Korean Buddhism. The temple was built in the late 14th century during the Goryeo period but was completely destroyed in a fire. It was rebuilt under the name of Gakwangsa Temple in 1910 with the effort of many respectful monks, namely Han Yong-un and Lee Hee-gwang. The temple was given a role as the head temple of Korea’s Buddhism and renamed to Tegosa Temple in 1936. In 1954, a purification drive took place to eliminate Japanese influence and revive traditional Buddhism, which established the present day Jogyesa Temple as a result.
Jogyesa Temple plays an important role in Korean Buddhism as the head temple of the Jogye order. Jogyesa Temple’s Dharma Hall serves as the main venue for several Buddhist events, holding rituals, lectures, ceremonies, and other events all year long. The annual lantern festival in celebration of Buddha's birthday also takes place at this temple.
Address : 55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Homepage : www.jogyesa.kr
[Inside Jogyesa Temple]
- 1,000 won for every 10 min
* Discount coupon for Jogyesa followers: 1,000 won for 1 hr (up to 3 hr; 1,000 won for every 10 min after 3 hr)
[Paid parking lot near Jogyesa Temple]
Seoinsa Madang Public Parking Lot: 800 won for every 10 min
Jogyejong Chongmuwon Parking Lot: 3,000 won for one hour (1,500 won for additional 30 min after)