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Jogyesa, Grand Hero of Temples
Located in the Seoul city center, Jogyesa Temple was built over 100 years ago and is said to be the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea. Its central location is unique, considering other temples are often solemnly located on the outskirts of town or deep in the mountains. It is lauded for its ability to withstand the changes of the modern world surrounding it. One might say the temple has been protected by the lovely, 500-year-old locust-and-baeksong trees surrounding it. The main hall is called Daewoongjeon, which is literally translated as, “place for grand hero who has overcome the limits of human being.” The main hall is marked by a seven-story stone pagoda at the entrance, and is open to everyone 24 hours a day.
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