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Korean Temple Stays from Seoul

Korean Temple Stays from Seoul

No trip to Korea is complete without a visit to one of the country’s treasured temples. And while wandering the gilded halls and well-kept grounds of these breathtaking religious structures proves a memorable experience, a stay overnight in one is sure to be a highlight of any trip. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is a Temple Stay?

Many Buddhist temples in Korea offer temple stays: cultural programs that allow visitors to experience what life is like for monks in the country’s traditional temples. This insight into Korean culture and spiritual heritage often includes a tea ceremony, meditation sessions, traditional monastic meals, and opportunities to chat with monks about their experiences. Many temple stays last overnight, though longer and shorter programs are often available.

Highlights

  • Get an inside look at some of South Korea’s most historic Buddhist temples.

  • Spend the night in a temple to experience the day-to-day life of a Korean Buddhist monk.

  • Participate in daily temple activities, including meditation, chanting, or bell ringing.

  • Chat with temple monks over tea for a deeper understanding of Korean Buddhism.

  • Choose a temple stay with a more rigorous schedule, or opt for a slower-paced experience with time for hiking and relaxation.

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2-Day Korean Temple Stay at Geumsunsa Buddhist Temple in Seoul

2-Day Korean Temple Stay at Geumsunsa Buddhist Temple in Seoul

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Discover top Seoul attractions and experience the tranquillity of Buddhist lifestyle on this 2-day Korean temple stay at the Geumsunsa Buddhist Temple. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace with your guide and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. Learn of life in Korea through history at the National Folk Museum. Explore the roots of Seon Buddhism at the Jogyesa Temple, and gain insight into the heritage and customs of the ancient Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Then, head to the Geumsunsa Temple and stay overnight, living and meditating as the monks do.
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2-Day Korean Temple Stay at Wuljeongsa Buddhist Temple

2-Day Korean Temple Stay at Wuljeongsa Buddhist Temple

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Experience the life of a Seon practitioner on Mt Odaesan during this 2-day Korean temple stay at Wuljeongsa Buddhist Temple. Gain insight into life at the Wuljeongsa Temple during your induction, and put on your temple clothing. Participate in traditional Buddhist services and enjoy the monks' soothing chanting before a peaceful night’s sleep. Rise early for chanting and meditation, and learn of breathing methods conducive to prayer. Enjoy free time to relax in peace by the trickling mountain streams or hike through the forest to meditate at your leisure.
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