If you have followed this blog for a while, you might have picked up on a theme: I like temples. I am not spiritual in the slightest, but visiting these temples is always a great experience to me. Whether it’s the architecture, the lanterns, the quiet and peaceful atmosphere – not sure what it is, but I really enjoy these temples. And Jogyesa Temple certainly was no exception.
Jogyesa is quite unique in that it is located right in the heart of Seoul. As Korea Tourism notes, this creates a different atmosphere: ‘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.’
Nonetheless, the atmosphere is still quite peaceful and it feels like you have entered a refuge right in a busy downtown area.
On top of that, it is located very conveniently. It’s easy to reach with public transportation, and there are many other famous sites nearby, such as the busy Insa-dong district and Gyeongbokgung palace. It’s an ideal visit for a day tour of downtown Seoul to relax for a bit and take in the atmosphere.