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Surprised at how hung over I wasn’t, I decided to look in my Seoul book and choose a temple to visit. I chose Jogyesa because it is a newer temple, built in 1938. It is located in a very busy area called Insadong. I’ve been to Insadong many times, and I don’t know how I missed this temple.

When I got there, there was a ‘service’ going on, and I could hear the monks chanting from the sidewalk. The atmosphere was really full of energy. It was really moving. I’ve never experienced anything like it before. I was nearly moved to tears walking around the intricate art and statues while hearing the chants of the monks and the floor creaking under the constant bowing of the worshippers, the air sweet with incense.

I felt bad sneaking pictures during such a sacred moment, but the journalist in me prevailed.

Pictures of the temple here. As always, you can see all of my pictures here.

I also made a short video .

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