Jogyesa Temple is located in the heart of Seoul ~ the Jongro district. The first time I visited the temple was when my sisters came here for a visit in the fall of 2011. It’s just a short walk from exit 3 of Jonggak station on subway line 1. That time, the temple was holding a Chrysanthemum Festival. And as expected, my two elder sisters enjoyed having their photos taken with the colorful display of different chrysanthemums.
This year, the Jogyesa Temple Chrysanthemum Festival opened on October 7th and it will run until November 11th. The displays are different compared to those of 2011. I missed the festival in 2012 ~ I must have been very busy that time!
Compared to the one I attended the last time, there are more chrysanthemum displays this time. I especially love the tree with the yellow flowers placed outside the main gate of the temple. Inside, there is another tree ~ a spider tree as my son called it ~ with purple flowers hanging on it. On its base are more purple flowers ~ it was just lovely!
The elephant is still green, though, as its flower buds have not fully bloomed. there are more lovely things to see at this flower festival and the best way to appreciate them is by visiting the temple.
Until next year’s festival!