Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

Korea Seoul Jogyesa Temple

While walking around northern Seoul I stumbled upon Jogyesa Temple. This temple wasn’t part of my sightseeing plan and I didn’t know anything about it but it looked interesting so I went inside. As I would learn later, Jogyesa Temple is the head temple of Jogye branch of Korean Buddhism and was originally built in 1395 under the name Gakhwangsa Temple but was rebuilt to its current version in 1910 and official renamed Jogyesa Temple in 1954. This was one of the more colorful temples I saw in Korea, with flowers, ornaments, and other decorations all over the temple grounds. The big tree in the middle of the temple with all the paper ornaments on it is called a Chinese Scholar Tree. Although photography is not allowed inside the temple’s main hall I was able to get a photo of one of the Buddha statutes from outside.

 

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