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Temple Stay, a Journey to Self-Discovery

The sound of temple bells resonates through the mountains, rendering peace in the hearts of temple visitors. A temple stay provides sanctuary from the city life, as well as time and space for meditation and healing. Read on to learn more about this popular traditional culture experience program.

What is a Temple Stay?

Temple Stay is a unique opportunity to experience Korean Buddhism, its daily lifestyle, rituals and spirituality. It generally entails staying at a Buddhist temple and engaging in daily monastic activities. Today, temple stays remain one of the most popular programs among locals and foreigners for experiencing Korean Buddhism.

Types of Temple Stay

Temple stay programs are divided largely into three different categories: relaxation, experience, and practice-focused. The availability of programs varies by temple.

  • Relaxation temple stay : Replenish your tired body and mind through chamseon (seon meditation) and a Buddhist ceremony.
  • Experience temple stay : Learn the traditions and customs of Korean Buddhism through monastic meals, the 108 prostrations, lotus lantern making, and relic visits.
  • Practice temple stay : Engage in daily monastic activities and Buddhist rituals, and practice introspection through seon meditation.

Other types of temple stays are geared towards traditional culture, ecology, rural village exploration, hiking, and New Year's celebration. A wide variety of programs are available nationwide and all year round. The cost of a temple stay ranges between 30,000 won and 100,000 won, depending on the number of nights of the stay. Most temples provide uniforms to temple stay participants.

Temple Stay Program

Generally, a temple stay program includes a Buddhist service, seon meditation, formal monastic meal, tea ceremonies, lotus lantern making, Buddhist instrument experience, the 108 prostrations, and communal work. Some programs also educate participants on monastic meals offering and tea ceremony.

One of the programs of Lotus Lantern Festival is lotus lanterns making, a form of Buddhism art; the lotus is the symbol of a light shining brightly in the dark world. Lanterns are held on Buddhist birthday, April 8 of the lunar calendar at all the temples and the cities across Korea. During the month of Buddha's birthday, a variety of events are held throughout the nation, attracting many tourists from abroad and local.

Temples Offering Regular Temple Stay Programs for Foreign Nationals

* Please visit the following website for more information : (Korean, English)
Reservation Website (Korean, English)

Temple Stay
 Region Website
Seoul Myogaksa Temple
Location : Jongno-gu, Seoul
Website : (Korean, English)
Geumseonsa Temple
Location : Jongno-gu, Seoul
Website : (Korean, English)
Bongeunsa Temple
Location : Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Website : (Korean only)
International Seon Center
Location : Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
Website : (Korean, English)
Central Region Jeondeungsa Temple
Location : Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Website : (Korean only)
Yongjusa Temple
Location : Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Website : (Korean only)
Woljeongsa Temple
Location : Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Website : (Korean, English)
Southern region Donghwasa Temple
Location : Daegu
Website : (Korean only)
Geumsansa Temple
Location : Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do
Website : (Korean, English)
Seonunsa Temple
Location : Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Website : (Korean, English)
Mihwangsa Temple
Location : Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Website : (Korean, English)
Golgulsa Temple
Location : Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Website : (Korean, English)
Haeinsa Temple
Location : Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Website : (Korean only)
Jikjisa Temple
Location : Gimcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Website : (Korean, English)
Beomeosa Temple
Location : Busan
Website : (Korean, English)
Yakchunsa Temple
Location : Seogwipo-si, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
Website : (Korean, English, Chinese)

How to participate

The Temple Stay Information Center is located across from Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. The center provides comprehensive information on temple stay and temples that offer temple stay programs. The center also provides language assistance in English and reservation services.

<Temple Stay Information Center>

  • ☞ Location: 56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • ☞ Operating Hours: 08:00-19:00 / PR Center 09:00-19:00 (Closed on public holidays)
  • ☞ Website & Reservation: (Korean, English)
  • ☞ Directions :
  • Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
    - Walk in the direction of Jogyesa Temple (5min).
  • Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
    - Walk in the direction of Jogyesa Temple (5min).

☞ Inquiries: +82-2-2031-2000 (Korean, English)

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

* This column was last updated in August 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

<Last updated on August 18, 2015>

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