Founded in 1395, Jogyesa Temple is now the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in Korea, one of the most influential organizations spiritually and even politically in Korea. The temple itself is home to one of the most beautiful and immaculate Buddhist gardens in all of Korea. The trees and flowers cover the entire color spectrum and are beautiful postcard picturesque scenes in real life. It’s also home base for the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, and here you’ll see beautiful lanterns that cover the temple grounds with plenty of activities.
On non-special occasions, there are Buddhist services and lectures for truth seekers. When services are not being held, you can enter the temple, sit inside and pray or meditate on your own as well. And even if you can’t sit still, you can admire the three large Buddha’s housed indoors as well as the Buddhist art works that are hung up on the walls.
Tip 1: Across the street are two restaurants that serve delicious Buddhist temple cuisine (which is of course vegan): Balwoo Gongyang (high-end temple cusine) and Samso (casual temple cuisine).
Tip 2: Try living the life of a monk for a day with templestay, an immersive experience where you stay at a Buddhist temple and live the life of a monk for a day.