About Jogyesa Temple

Jogyesa plays a significant role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea as being the primary temple of Korean Buddhism's Jogye Order. This temple was initially established during the Joseon Dynasty period in 1395. The present one founded in 1910. Initially, it was called "Gakhwangsa." Later during the period of Japanese rule, the name was changed to "Taegosa" and then to Jogyesa in 1954. The Temple is located in one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong, very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung. It's an oasis of tranquility amid the chaos of Seoul’s bustling streets. You will be lost in religious fervor while wandering between temple's pagodas, prayer halls, and shrines. Enjoy the soothing ambiance of this ancient Buddhist complex.

Must See

  • Buddha's Birthday - A 3-day Festival.
  • Lotus Lantern Parade.
  • River of Light.
  • Temple Stay.
  • The 500-year-old Lacebark Pine Tree.
  • The 450-year-old Chinese Scholar Tree.
  • Relic of Buddha.
  • Brahma Bell Pavilion.

How to reach

By Subway: 
From Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2. Walk 70 meters forward, cross the street and then walk another 100 meters. You will find the path to Jogyesa Temple.
From Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk 50 meters forward, cross the street in front of Dongduk Gallery. Then walk another 50 meters to arrive at the path to Jogyesa Temple.
From Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2, Walk 150 meters to arrive at the path to Jogyesa Temple.
The fare is 1,350 KRW for 10 km of travel.

By Bus: There are city transport buses available every 30 minutes to reach the Seoul City Hall bus stop. Jogyesa temple is 1 km away from Seoul City Hall. A single ride costs 1,300 KRW. 


  • Follow the religious order of the temple. It's the head temple of the Jogye order.
  • Must see the 450-year-old Lacebark Pine Tree, while the Chinese Scholar Tree is another big attraction. It produces creamy white blossoms in August. 
  • Listen to four temple instruments - Brahma Bell, Dharma Drum, Cloud Gong, and Wooden Fish played before the morning and evening chanting.
  • Photography is not allowed inside.
  • Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited. 
  • Obey the temple's rules.
  • The best time to visit the place is in the early morning.
  • Pets are not allowed.   

Visit Time

Sunday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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