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Since arriving in Korea via China in the fourth century, Buddhism has flourished and is today one of the nation’s largest religions. Korea’s mountains are dotted with picturesque Buddhist temples, some of which are home to its most important cultural treasures.

Begun in 2002, Korea’s “templestay” program has established itself as one of the country’s most successful initiatives. The templestay program allows ordinary people, Koreans and foreigners alike, to experience - for a night or longer, if they like - life as a monk at some of Korea’s most captivating temples. A spiritually and culturally enriching experience, the program remains a singular opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of Korean culture as well as the beauty of Korean Buddhism. The templestay program not only brings you closer to nature, but also to yourself.

As a templestay participant, you’ll experience a number of practices, including waking up at the crack of dawn to perform group chanting, having communal meals, performing prostrations, practicing Seon (Zen) meditation and participating in tea ceremonies. However, if waking up at odd hours don't appeal to you, you have the option to simply enjoy the serenity of the temple as an observer.

 

 

There are three types of templestay. The Experience-oriented templestay, the Rest-oriented templestay, and the One-day templestay.

 

The experience-oriented templestay may vary according to the temple, the seasons, or the interests of the participants. It tries to offer as much experience as possible in Korean traditional culture, diverse Buddhist culture and education about the natural environment around the temple. 

 

Normally, the experience-oriented templestay is only for the weekend, and It usually includes some of these activities: Buddhist ceremony, Seon(Zen) meditation, conversation over tea, and 108 prostration practice.

 

The rest-oriented templestay is designed to help you rest your fatigued body and mind during

your short stay at a temple. Away from your busy daily routine, you can breathe in nature and restore your vibrant life force through meditation and Buddhist ceremony. 

 

The one-day templestay is for those with a busy lifestyle who want to participate in a templestay program but cannot take a whole day off or foreign tourists who have only a short time available. The program packs aspects of Korean Buddhist culture into a short period and normally includes a temple tour, Seon meditation, and conversation with monk over tea.


 

There are a total of seven temples in Seoul which offer the English templestay programs for foreigners: Bongeunsa, Geumsunsa, Hwagyesa, International Seon Center, Jinkwansa, Jogyesa, and Myogaksa.
 


Bongeunsa Temple

Address :  531 Bongeunsa-ro Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Telephone : +82-2-3218-4826/4846 

E-mail : bongeunsa@templestay.com

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=bongeunsa

 

Geumsunsa

Address : 137 Bibong-gil Jongnogu, Seoul

Telephone : +82-10-2685-9913

E-mail : geumsunsa@templestay.com

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=geumsunsa

 

Hwagyesa 

Address : 117 Hwagyesa-gil Gangbuk-gu, Seoul

Telephone  82-2-900-4326 

E-mail : hwagyets@hanmail.net

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=hwagyesa

 

International Seon Center

Address : 167 Mokdongdong-ro Yangcheon-gu, Seoul

Telephone : +82-2-2650-2242 

E-mail : seoncenter@templestay.com

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=seoncenter

 

Jinkwansa 

Address : 73 jinkwan-gil Eunpyung-gu, Seoul 

Telephone : 02-388-7999 

E-mail : jintem@hanmail.net

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=jks1080

 

Jogyesa 

Address : 55 Ujeongguk-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul

Telephone : 02-768-8523 

E-mail : Jogyesa01@templestay.com

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=jogyesa

 

Myogaksa 

Address : 31 Jongno 63ga-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul

Telephone : 82-2-763-3109 

E-mail : myogaktemple@naver.com

Reservation: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=myogaksa2008

 

 

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