If you wanted to explore and experience the holy Buddhist culture, fasten your seatbelts as we drive through the domain of the famous Jogyesa. The Jogyesa is hailed as the main temple of the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism. Known to be sacred, the temple is also renowned for its distinct architecture which is aperfect blend of traditional temple structure and palace architecture. Daeungjeon Hall, the grandest and the temple’s main hall is where the Sakyamuni Buddha is enshrined. Geuknakjeon or the Hall of Supreme Blissis home to the Amitabha Buddha.The beautiful design of the windows and doors are very remarkable too. The Beomjongnu is a structure which houses a giant bell which serves as an alarm and reminder for people. A seven story pagoda is also famous for housing the sarira of the Sakyamuni Buddha which is given by a Sri Lankan Zen master. A 500-year old white pine tree is considered as the temple’s natural monument. Located in the heart of Seoul, there’s no wonder why Jogyesa is swarmed by tourists.
The most special time of the month for Jogyesa is during May, on Buddha’s birthday where a Lotus lantern festival is held. The temple-life program is also a hit among tourists where they can experience and be taught with the Buddhist lifestyle, controlling their own minds, and life techniques which can help them attain happiness, wherein some tourists have justified to be helpful in one’s everyday life.
*photo source: https://blog.naver.com/imsckim/220796822022
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