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What is a Temple Stay?
A Temple Stay is a cultural-experience program designed to help people understand Korean Buddhism better. Temple stays offer various kinds of practicing methods such as Yebul (ceremonial service involving chanting), Chamseon (Zen meditation), Dahdoh (tea ceremony) and Balwoo Gongyang (communal Buddhist meal service). Participants can find their 'true self' amongst the harmony of nature while staying at a temple. Temple Life, the experience of temples, is another program designed to help people understand Korean Buddhism and the life of monks better.

Main program
Devotional Chanting at Yebul, Ceremonial Service (Yebul)
Yebul is a ceremonial service to praise Buddha. This solemn ceremonial service is held 3 times a day; in the morning, midday and evening helping to clear one’s mind.

Zen Meditation (Chamseon)
Zen is known as “Seon” in Korean.
Chamseon is a form of meditation that allows a person to reflect ont oneself.
There are two forms of this meditation:
 - Jwaseon(坐禪) : a sitting-style meditation
 - Haengseon(行禪) : a walking-style meditation.

Communal Buddhist Meal Service (Balwoo gongyang)
Balwoo gongyang is a unique and special way of eating in Korean temples. At this communal meal practice the meal is eaten in total silence, and not a single grain of rice is wasted.

Tea Ceremony (Dahdoh)
Making and enjoying good tea is one of the practices of the Buddhist religion.
Koreans say that there are several ways to enjoy good tea. One should start off by enjoying the sounds of water boiling, and then relax with the soothing aroma of tea and seeing its soft and subtle colors. Lastly, one can feel the warmth of the tea radiating through the cup as they slowly savor the taste.
※ There are many other activities to participate in such as lotus lantern making, impression making with ink and paper, and folk games available at Korean temples.

How to Make Temple Stay Reservations

You can make a reservation for a temple stay by visiting the "Reservations" section of the website, or through the website of the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism.


- Only the 4 temples listed below are available for single person reservations.
Mihwangsa Temple 274, Seojung-ri, Songri-myun,
Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Golgulsa Temple San 304, Andong-ri, Yangbuk-
myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk
Musangsa Temple San 51-9, Hyanghan-ri, Gyerong-
si, Chungcheongnam-do
Jakwangsa Temple 649, Hakhwa-dong, Yuseong-gu,
Daejeon Metropolitan City
- The temples listed below are available for a minimum of 15 persons with reservations of a week's advance notice.
Yongmunsa Temple 868, Yongso-ri, Idong-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do +82-55-862-4425
Gapsa Temple 52, Jungjang-ri, Gyerong-
myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Geumsansa Temple 39, Geumsan-ri, Geum-san
myeon, Gimjae-si, Jeollabuk-do
Naesosa Temple 268, Seokpo-ri, Jinseo-myeon,
Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Daeheungsa Temple 799, Gurim-ri, Sansan-myeon,
Haenam-gun, Jeonnam
Magoksa Temple 567, Unam-ri, Sagok-myeon,
Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Beomeosa Temple 546, Cheongryong-dong,
Geumjeong-gu, Busan
Jikjisa Temple 216, Wunsu-ri Daehang-myeon,
Gimcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Tongdosa Temple 583 Jisan-ri, Habuk-myeon, Yangsan-si,

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