Cheondogyo Temple

sights / Religious

Cheondogyo Temple information

Seoul , South Korea
Street Insa-dong
+82 2 735 7579
Getting there
metro Line 3 to Anguk, Exit 6
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Designed by a Japanese architect and constructed in 1921, this is a handsome baroque-style, red-brick and stone temple with a tower. Inside, the wood panelling, lines of chairs and plain decoration create an impression of a lecture theatre, although there are stained-glass windows.

Cheondogyo is a home-grown Korean religion containing Buddhist, Confucian and Christian elements that gathered momentum in the 1860s. Its members were key figures in the Donghak rebellion and the independence movements opposed to Japanese rule. The founder, Great Master Suun (1824–64), was executed for being a radical reformer. Followers believe that God is within everyone. Services (featuring lots of bowing) are held every Sunday at 11am. Men sit on the left and women on the right.