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Hwagyesa Temple, Seoul

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Contact: +82 2 900 4326
Open Hours: Operation hours vary by service, please check official website for more details
This temple was founded by Master Shinwol in 1523. It burned down in 1618 and was rebuilt the following year by Master Dowol. In 1866, two monks, Yonso and Pomun, went to great lengths to repair the weak structure. Hwagyesa temple is famous for the statues of Bodhisattva Kstitigarbha and the Ten Judges in the Judgment Hall. These were beautifully carved by Master Naong in the late Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and then brought to the temple in 1877. Today, it serves as home to the Seoul International Zen Center. You may even see foreign monks and lay people living and practicing Buddhism here. There is no admission fee.