Jogye Temple is chief temple of the Jogye order which represents the Korean Buddhism. It promotes embodiment of society where people live together and Bodhisattva’s spirit. Also, the temple is a historic site that has lived through the turbulent modern history of Korea.
Jogye Temple was originally built in 1910 and bore the name of Gakhwangsa Temple by the monks longing for independence of the Korean Buddhism and recovery of Koreans’ self esteem. Gakhwangsa temple was the chief temple of modern Korean Buddhism and the first propagation center that argued legitimacy of local Buddhism and the first temple located inside the boundary of four gates of the city of Seoul. Name of the temple changed to Taegosa in 1938 and again to present Jogye Temple in 1954 in order to clear away the vestiges of Japanese colonial era.
Jogye Temple is located within the heart of Seoul, where the public can enjoy rest and leisure time. The temple is well positioning itself as the chief temple of the order through remodeling of the Main Hall and construction of the One Pillar Gate.
It is also leading devotional practices, religious and public welfare activities.
The Main Hall is opened 24 hours a day to all public allowing visits of both local and foreigners. It is promoting itself as a open space, inviting all to the temple’s events and ceremonies.
Jogye-sa Temple has taught Buddhism for over 100 years in the heart of Seoul. Recently it has added the “temple life” program to its many endeavors to inform the world far and wide of the spiritual value of Buddhism. This program will provide an opportunity for participants to converse directly with monks living as Buddhist practitioners and to directly experience Buddhism as a spiritual culture.
‘Templestay’ of Jogyesa consists of various activities related to Korean tradition and buddhism. Everyone who wants to make distinctive and valuable memories such as experiencing Buddhism or talking with Buddhist practitioners can take part in.