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The Jogyesa Temple is the prime temple of the Jogye Order and the centre of Buddhist learning in Korea.

The temple has an important place in the history of Buddhism in Korea. It was the centre of the Buddhist resistance during the Japanese colonial invasion. The temple is surrounded by lines of locust and baeksong trees, providing a beautiful green backdrop to it. The temple itself is quite beautiful, with hundreds of lanterns hanging from the roof and colourfully painted walls. The Geuknakjeon is the place where the Amitabha Buddha is enshrined and the Beomjongnu is, a small structure with a bell. Streets around the temple are lined with small shops selling all kinds of little items related to Buddhism, such as incense, prayer beads, small statues of the Buddha and many other things.

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