Jogyesa: A Colorful Temple in Seoul

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In April and May, you’ll see bright, colorful lanterns decorating pockets of Seoul in honor of Buddha’s birthday and the Lotus Lantern Festival. Possibly the most vibrant display is at Jogyesa, a temple off of Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 6) in Seoul.

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Address: Jongno-gu, Ujeongguk-ro 55 | 종로구 우정국로 55 (견지동)

We visited Jogyesa at the end of April on a quiet weekend morning, but didn’t make it to any lantern festivals as we were in Japan at the time (see here and here).

At the center of the temple is a tree whose branches seemed to be propping up the canopy of colorful lanterns. To the side is a section of white lanterns that make a glowing tunnel for visitors to walk through. Both were beautiful in their own way.

It’s a worthwhile stop between Gyeongbokgung, the ‘main’ palace, and the alleys of Insa-dong—see the palace first, then stop by Jogyesa on your way to Insa-dong for a drink and some window shopping.

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