Jogyesa Temple

Every May, the Jogye order of Buddhist monks celebrates Buddha’s birthday by displaying a stunningly beautiful arrangement of paper lanterns:

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThe Jogye order is main Korean order of Buddhism and their home is Jogyesa Temple, located near the Insadong district of Seoul.

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It is a little oasis of calm inside the center of Seoul, but it was not always so; in 1998 riot police had to be called to end a protest between the warring factions of Jogye monks. Things seems much calmer now:

monk things

It was also the heart of Korean Buddhism during Japanese occupation, and the temple was actually renamed “Jogyesa” once WWII ended. It had been given a Japanese name, just like millions of Korean citizens who were forced to adopt Japanese surnames during occupation.

old lady temple

The temple also showcases how gorgeous Korea is during spring- flowers and greenery everywhere!

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