Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Wandering Wednesday – Jogye Buddhist Temple in Seoul

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” –Buddha

Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Seoul, Korea. It was my first time being in Asia.

I loved it.

Seriously, it was amazing, even though I had to work for most of it. The food was delicious, and I loved learning about the culture [I admittedly didn’t know much about Korean customs beforehand].

I posted most of my food pics over on my Instagram, so feel free to check those out! There was so much delicious food to be had, and my coworkers made sure that I never came into contact with anything that would be a food trigger. So I wasn’t sick at all the whole trip!

On October 9, it was Hanguel Day, which is when the Korean alphabet is celebrated in South Korea, so the office I worked in was closed. Which was great, because I got a day to actually go around the city and see some of the sights. I signed up for a morning tour, so today I wanted to show pictures from the first part of that tour, which was a visit to the Jogye Buddhist Temple.

This temple was built in 1910. It’s really interesting how it sits in the middle of this bustling city.

On Wednesday our first stop was a Buddhist Temple

I hadn’t seen a Buddhist temple before. I loved all the colors that went into the decor.

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There were three golden Buddhas inside the temple, and it was open 24 hours for prayers.

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There were flower arrangements everywhere – patrons could donate money to have a flower pot with their wish or prayer in it.

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It is a beautiful idea.

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This is the pagoda that is said to hold a sacred relic of the Buddha.

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I didn’t even see this little dragon at first, until nearly the end of my walk around the temple.

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Hanging fish in the entrance of the temple.

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There you go! I will have more pictures next week from my trip. Hope everyone’s October is going well! I roasted some butternut squash seeds tonight. That made everything better. ^^

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