Temple Stay: Hwaunsa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)

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(Courtesy of the Hwaunsa Temple Facebook Page)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Hwaunsa Temple, which means “Shining Cloud Temple,” in English, was established as a training centre for Buddhist nuns in 1962. The temple was originally constructed in 1938 by Jaeyun Cha, a Buddhist devotee. He constructed the temple at the foot of Mt. Myeokjosan as a small Buddhist sanctuary. Then, in 1962, the Venerable Biguni Ji Myeong came from Sudeoksa Temple to become the abbot at Hwaunsa Temple. It was under her direction that the temple became a Sangha College for Korean Buddhist nuns. Under her tutelage, over 500 nuns graduated directly under her guidance. In fact, Ven. Ji Myeong was a revered national Seon Master. It was under her that her disciple, Ven. Seonil, the abbot at the temple now, studied.

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(Courtesy of the Hwaunsa Temple Facebook Page)

Directions:

From Seoul:

From Seoul, you’ll first need to get to Jogyesa Temple. From the temple, you’ll need to find the Templestay Information Center, which is directly in front of Jogyesa Temple. From the Templestay Information Center, you’ll see the bus stop for the Red Bus #5000 about 50 metres to your right.

The Red Bus #5000 runs Monday to Sunday from 6:30 to 24:00. The bus runs every 10 minutes, and the bus ride to Hwaunsa Temple takes an hour and thirty-eight minutes.

You can take the Red Bus #5000 from Jogyesa Temple, or you can catch Red Bus #5003 directly at Gangnam Station. From Gangnam Station, the bus ride lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.

Which ever bus you decide to take, you’ll need to follow the signs where they drop you off out in front of Hwaunsa Temple. The walk is a mere 600 metres to the temple.

 

General Schedule: Hwaunsa Temple conducts two different types of programs. The first is the “Korean Buddhist Educational/Cultural Tour.” And the second program is the “Sunim’s Space: Experience Monastic Life Just as Sunims in Korea Live It!” The first is a one day program, while the other is a two day program.

 

A: Korean Buddhist Educational/Cultural Tour:

Day 1:

14:00 – 15:00: Arrival at Hwaunsa Temple. Introduction to temple etiquette, history, and culture.

15:00 – 16:00: Tour of Hwaunsa Temple (Main Buddha Hall, Healing Center, Meditation Hall, etc.)

16:00 – 17:00: Tea Time with Venerable Biguni Seonil, PhD

17:00 – 18:00: Dinner

18:00: Departure from Hwaunsa Temple

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(Courtesy of the Hwaunsa Temple Facebook Page)

 

B: Sunim’s Space: Experience Monastic Life Just as Sunims in Korea Live It!:

Day 1:

15:00 – 16:00: Arrival at Hwaunsa Temple. Introduction to temple etiquette, history, and culture.

16:00 – 17:00: Tour of Hwaunsa Temple (Main Buddha Hall, Healing Center, Meditation Hall, etc.)

17:00 – 18:00: Dinner

18:00 – 19:00: Evening Prayer in the Main Buddha Hall

19:00 – 20:00: Salt Mandela Making

20:00 – 21:00: Shower

21:00: Bedtime

Day 2:

04:00 – 05:00: Wake Up

05:00 – 06:00: Early morning prayer (Begins at 4:45)

06:00 – 07:00: Breakfast

07:00 – 08:00: Walking Meditation through the Mountain

08:00 – 09:00: Meditation/Sutra Study (On Your Own)

09:00 – 10:00: Communal Temple Work (Yurak)/Free Time

10:00 – 11:00: Mid-Morning Prayer

11:00 – 12:00: Tea Time with Venerable Biguni Seonil, PhD, Abbott of Hwaunsa Temple

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00: Departure from Hwaunsa

 

Hwaunsa Temple Information:

Address: Hwaunsa Int’l Templestay & Training Center 111-14 Dongbaekjukjeon-daero (Samga dong) Cheoin-gu, Yongin-so, Gyeonggido, Korea 449-060

Tel : 031-337-2576/Fax : 031-335-0465

homepage: http://hwaunsa.kr

E-mail: hws2555@templestay.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ProjectHwaunTemple

 

Fees:

To get more information on the two different temple stay programs, you’ll need to contact the temple directly.

 

Link:

Reservations for the Korean Buddhist Educational/Cultural Tour

Reservations for the  Sunim’s Space: Experience Monastic Life Just as Sunims in Korea Live It!

 

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(Courtesy of the Hwaunsa Temple Facebook Page)

 

Temple Stay: Hwagyesa Temple (Seoul)

 

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Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul (courtesy of http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Hwagyesa Temple was first founded in 1522 A.D by the monk Shinwol. Tragically, the temple was destroyed by fire in 1618. It wasn’t until 1866, through financial support from royal elders, that the temple was rebuilt to its past glory. There are numerous buildings at the temple to enjoy like the Daeung-jeon main hall, the Myeongbu-jeon Hall, as well as the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. In addition to these buildings, a visitor can enjoy a small spring to the rear of the temple, and up a valley, called Hwagye-gol. The spring water from Oktak-cheon is said to have curative properties for skin and stomach ailments.

Visitors to the Temple Stay program at Hwagyesa Temple can enjoy Buddhist services, meditation, a forest walk, a tea ceremony, as well as conversations with the numerous international monks that call Hwagyesa Temple home.

Directions:

On the Seoul subway system, you’ll need to get to line #4 and get off at the Suyu subway station. After going out Exit #3, you’ll need to board local Bus #2 for an additional 15 minutes. You’ll need to get off at the Hwagyesa stop.

General Schedule:

Unfortunately, there is no information about the schedule on the Temple Stay website. You will need to contact the temple directly to gain more information about the program’s schedule.

Hwagyesa Temple Information:

Address : 487, Suyu 1-dong Gangbuk-gu Seoul

Tel : 82-2-900-4326 / Fax : 82-2-990-1885

homepage : http://hwagyesa.org

E-mail : zenseoul@yahoo.com

Fees:

Regrettably, there is no fee information on the Temple Stay website. You’ll need to contact the temple directly.

Link:

To contact the temple directly to set an appointment, you can email them at: zenseoul@yahoo.com. Or you can call the Temple stay administration office at: +82-2-900-4326

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Another view of Hwagyesa Temple (courtesy of http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Temple Stay: Naesosa Temple (Buan, Jeollabuk-do)

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The main hall at Naesosa Temple.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Naesosa Temple was first constructed in 633 A.D. by the monk Hyegu. This was during the Baekje Dynasty (18 B.C. – 660 A.D); presently, it’s on the southern outskirts of Byeonsan Bando National Park. At first, the temple was known as Soraesa Temple, but fell into disrepair. About a thousand years later, the temple was rebuilt in 1633 by the monk Cheongmin. It was also around this time that the temple changed its name to its current name: Naesosa Temple. The name of the temple roughly translates as, “Anyone who enters here can get a fresh start on all their problems.”

The Temple Stay program at Naesosa Temple offers a visitor a chance to enjoy the nature that surrounds the temple, as well as what life is like as a Buddhist monk in Korea. With community work built into the program, as well as a trip to a neighbouring waterfall, a visitor gets a first-hand view of what spiritual life must be like for a Korean Buddhist monk.

For more information on Naesosa Temple.

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Nature at its finest at Naesosa Temple.

Directions:

You’ll first need to get to Buan Bus Terminal in Jeollabuk-do. From this bus terminal, you can take a direct bus to Naesosa Temple. The bus will let you off 800 metres outside the temple grounds. You’ll need to make your way towards the entry gate and past all the stores and restaurants that line the way. You can take a bus or a taxi, which takes about 50 minutes from the Buan Bus Terminal, and it will cost you around 30,000 won. The official website says 30 minutes, but this just isn’t true, so be warned.

General Schedule:

Naesosa Temple runs a single Temple Stay program at its temple.

A: Naesosa Regular Schedule: This program is a scheduled program that runs one night and two days.

Day 1:

14:30: Registration and get a room

15:00: Opening ceremony and an orientation towards temple customs

16:00: Information about Naesosa Temple and introduction to each shrine

17:10: Dinner

18:00: Striking the temple bell and the evening Buddhist ceremony

18:30: Tea ceremony and a conversation with a monk

21:00: Bedtime

Day 2:

04:00: Wake up time

04:20: Early morning Buddhist ceremony

05:00: 108 bows and meditation

06:00: Monks’ meal

07:10: Community work (clear a room, wash bowls, etc)

08:00: Trekking to Jick-so waterfall and have lunch

12:00: Writing about your impressions

13:00: Closing Ceremony

13:30: Good-byes

 

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(Courtesy of the Temple Stay website).

Naesosa Temple Information:

Address : 268, Seokpo-ri, Jinseo-myeon Buan-gun Jeollabuk-do

Tel : +82-63-583-3035 / Fax : +82-63-583-7280

homepage : http://www.naesosa.org

E-mail : naesosa@templestay.com

Fees:

Adults: 60,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won (Naesosa Regular Schedule)

Link:

Reservations for the Naesosa Regular Schedule Temple Stay program.

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The beautiful view of the Sanshin-gak at Naesosa Temple.

Temple Stay: Magoksa Temple (Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do)

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The sun shining on the main hall at Magoksa Temple.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Magoksa Temple is situated on the beautiful Mt. Taehwasan in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do. Magoksa Temple was first established in 640 A.D. by the famed monk, Jajang-yulsa. Having fallen into a bit of disrepair, the temple was reconstructed in 1172 by Bojo-guksa. The name of the temple has a bit of an interesting story behind it. After a believer looked at the temple and said it looked like a flax stack in a flax field while Bocheol, from the Silla Dynasty, was preaching. So Magoksa Temple, in English, means “Flax Valley Temple.” Uniquely, and unlike almost all other temples on the Korean peninsula, Magoksa Temple was spared any damage during the destructive Imjin War (1592-98). In fact, during the entire Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the temple suffered no wartime damage.

There are two Temple Stay programs that Magoksa Temple offers a visitor. The first is called the Magoksa Experiential Templestay. This program focuses on experiencing various activities that a monk would participate in like prayer and meditation. The other program, the Recharging Templestay, focuses on a more restive stay with less activities and more free time for participants. The schedule is a little more open than the latter program.

For more information on Magoksa Temple.

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The beautiful stream that flows next to Magoksa Temple.

Directions:

From the Gongju Intercity Bus Terminal, you can get local Bus #770 that will take you directly to Magoksa Temple. The ride lasts about 40 minutes. The first bus leaves at 6:10 in the morning, and the last bus departs at 20:30. In total, the bus leaves 15 times a day.

General Schedule:

Magoksa Temple runs two different programs for their Temple Stay program.

A: Magoksa Experiential Templestay: This program is a scheduled program that runs one night and two days.

Day 1:

4:00-14:30: Arrival and registration in the Yeonhwa-dang

14:30-15:00: Orientation in the Yeonhwa-dang

15:00-16:00: A temple tour

16:00-17:00: Making 108 beads in the Yeonhwa-dang

17:30-18:30: Supper

18:30-19:00: Ringing the Dharma bell at the bell pavilion; and in the evening Yebul (Chanting) in the Dharma Hall

18:30-20:00: Tea with a monk in the tea room

22:00: Bed-time

 

Day 2

03:00-03:30: Wake up

03:30-04:00: Dawn Yebul (Chanting) in th Dharma Hall

04:00-05:00: Individual practice or rest

05:00-06:00: Seon meditation in the Yeonhwa-dang

06:00-08:00: Breakfast (a traditional temple meal) in the Yeonhwa-dang

08:00-09:00: Team work

09:00-10:30: A guided walking meditation

10:30-11:00: Feedback and group photo in the Yeonhwa-dang

11:00-11:30: Cleaning-up and packing

11:30: Closing

 

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(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website).

B: Recharging Templestay: This program is a scheduled program that runs one night and two days.

Day 1:

15:00-17:00: Registration and a temple tour

18:00-18:30: Dinner

19:00-19:30: Evening Buddhist chanting ceremony

19:30: Free time and sleeping.

 

Day 2:

03:00: Morning Buddhist chanting ceremony

06:00-07:00: Breakfast

07:00-12:00: A free schedule

12:00~12:30: Lunch and check out

 

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(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website).

Magoksa Temple Information:

Address : 567, Unam-ri, Sagok-myeon Gongju-si Chungcheongnam-do

Tel : +82-41-841-6221 / Fax :

homepage : http://eng.magoksa.org

E-mail : magoksa@templestay.com

 

Fees:

Adults: 70,000 won; Teens: 60,000 won; Under 13: 40,000 won (Magoksa Experiential Templestay)

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won (Recharging Templestay)

Link:

Reservations for the Magoksa Experiential Templestay at Magoksa Temple.

Reservations for the Recharging Templestay at Magoksa Temple.

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The Sanshin-gak on Mt. Taehwasan.

Temple Stay: Yongjoosa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)

(Courtesy of the Yongjoosa Temple Stay website).

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Yongjoosa Temple (Dragon Jewel Temple) was first established in 1790 by King Jeongjo (r. 1752-1800) to honour his late father, Prince Sadosaeja (1735-1762). The temple was built on the former site of Galyangsa Temple, which was built in 854 A.D. The reason that the temple was built was to protect the royal tomb and to pray for King Jeongjo’s father’s soul, which were formally located in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do. The night before the opening ceremony to the temple, the King dreamed of a dragon holding a magic pearl in its mouth; and hence, the name for Yongjoosa Temple.

Very little has changed at Yongjoosa Temple since it was first established. However, modern development has changed the landscape surrounding the temple. As for the highlights at the temple, the trees leading up to the temple courtyard from the Iljumun Gate are certainly one of those highlights. Another is the Daeung-jeon Hall that dates back to 1790. Also, the bell at the temple is said to date back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).

Yongjoosa Temple runs a variety of Temple Stay programs. The first two, the one night, two days, allows for a participant to get a full taste of what Korean Buddhism has to offer. You can enjoy a temple tour, make prayer beads, and a dharma talk. The other program, the day program at Yongjoosa Temple, allows participants to enjoy a talk with a temple monk, a tour, and even a meal at this historical temple for an optional two to four hours.

(Courtesy of the Yongjoosa Temple Stay website).

Directions:

Take the #1 line on the National Railroad, and get off at Byeongjeom Station. After coming out through the rear exit of the station, you should take Bus #34 or #34-1 for about 15 minutes.


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General Schedule:

There are three programs at the Yongjoosa Temple Stay program. The first is a one night, two days program that runs during the weekdays. The second program is a one night, two days program that runs during the weekend. And the third is a one day retreat, where you can enjoy a two to four hour experience at the temple. Here are the three schedules for the Temple Stay program at Yongjoosa Temple.

A: One Night, Two Days Weekday Program:

Day One:
14:00~14:30 : Registration & Orientation
14:30~16:00 : Learning Temple Etiquette, Opening Ceremony and Self- Introduction
16:00~17:00 : Yongjoosa Temple Tour
17:00~18:30 : Learn Traditional Buddhist Meal
19:00~20:30 : Make 108 Prayer Beads or Finding Your True Self
20:30~21:00 : Ready for Sleep
21:00~ : Sleep

Day Two:
03:00~03:30 : Wake Up & Wash
03:30~04:00 : Dawn Service
04:00~06:00 : Chanting Sutra, 108 Bows and Seon Mediation
06:00~06:30 : Breakfast
07:30~08:00 : Communal Work
08:00~09:30 : Walking Meditation at Flower Mountain Dharma Talk
09:30~11:00 : Tea Ceremony and Dharma Talk with a Monk

(Courtesy of the Yongjoosa Temple Stay website).

B: One Night, Two Days Weekend Program:

Day One:
14:00~14:30 : Registration & Orientation
14:30~16:00 : Learning Temple Manners, Opening Ceremony and Self- Introduction
16:00~17:00 : Yongjoosa Temple Tour
17:00~18:30 : Learn Traditional Buddhist Meal
19:00~20:30 : Make 108 Prayer’s Beads or Finding True My Self.
20:30~21:00 : Ready for Sleep
21:00~ : Sleep

Day Two: 
03:00~03:30 : Wake up & Wash
03:30~04:00 : Dawn Service
04:00~06:00 : Chanting Sutra, 108 Bows and Seon Mediation
06:00~06:30 : Breakfast
07:30~08:00 : Communal Work
08:00~09:30 : Walking Meditation at Flower Mountain Dharma Talk
09:30~11:00 : Tea Ceremony and Dharma Talk with Monk

C: One Day Program:

Participation Fee:
-2hr: 20,000 Won
-3hr: 30,000 Won
-4hr: 40,000 Won
* Pricing for teenagers will be decided after consulting

Programs:
-Temple Tour (including a guided of national treasures)
-Tea Ceremony or Conversation with a Monk
-Barugongyang (monastic formal meals, which is optional)

(Courtesy of the Yongjoosa Temple Stay website).

Yongjoosa Temple Information:

Address : 188, Songsan-dong Hwaseong-si Gyeonggi-do
Tel : +82-31-235-6886 / Fax : +82-31-234-2818
homepage : http://www.yongjoosa.or.kr
E-mail : yongjoosa@templestay.com

Fees:

Adults: 70,000 won; Teens: 50,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (One Night, Two Days Weekdays Program).

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (One Night, Two Days Weekend Program).

Adults: 20,000 to 40,000 won; Teens: 20,000 to 40,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (One Day Program)

Link:

Reservations for the One Night, Two Day Weekday Temple Stay Program at Yongjoosa Temple.

Reservations for the One Night, Two Day Weekend Temple Stay Program at Yongjoosa Temple.

Reservations for the Day Program at Yongjoosa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Yongjoosa Temple Stay website).

Temple Stay: Geumsansa Temple (Jeollabuk-do)

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The three story Mireuk-jeon pagoda at Geumsansa Temple (courtesy of Wikipedia).

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Geumsansa Temple (Golden Mountain Temple) was first established in 599 A.D., and the temple was built to pray for the Baekje king’s, King Beop’s, prosperity and good fortune. The temple is beautifully perched on the western foothills of Mt. Moaksan. Mt. Moaksan is known as the “Mother Mountain,” because it’s the cradle of many indigenous religions in Korea. Additionally, the mountain also looks like a mother cradling her baby. Later, in 766 A.D., the temple was further expanded by the monk, Jinpyo. In fact, the temple, at this time, became the head temple for the worship of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). The temple is best known for its beautiful three story Mireuk-jeon Hall, which is the only one of its kind in Korea. The other highlights at this temple are the Noju building divider, Seogyeondae lotus-based stone pedestal, Ocheung Seoktap five-story pagoda, and the Yukgak Tachung Soktap, which is a hexagonally shaped pagoda that dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). There are simply too many highlights at this temple to see and experience to mention them all.

In total, Geumsansa Temple runs three different types of programs at its temple. The first is “Templestay: Whispering Together…”, which is a one night and two days program. The other program is the “Seon: Understanding Myself,” program that is a one week program that focuses on practicing Buddhism on a daily basis. And the third program is the yearly Temple Stay, where former participants gather to enjoy the program once more. This program is called “Memories of Templestay.”

The most common, and popular, program is the one night and two days program. Because of the number of monks and volunteers at the Geumsansa Temple Stay program, participants can interact more freely with monks at any given time. Also during this program, it features Seon meditation, 108 bows, a tea ceremony, and a walking meditation. It truly has something for everyone.

For more information on Geumsansa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Geumsansa Temple Stay website).

Directions:

There are two ways to get to Geumsansa Temple from Seoul. First, you can take subway line #2 to the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, and get a bus for Gimjae (about 2 hours 50 minutes). Across the street from the Gimjae Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take a bus directly to Geumsansa Temple (50 minutes), and then walk for 10 minutes to get to the temple.

And the second way you can get to the temple is you can take subway line #3 to the Nambu Bus Terminal, and then get a bus to Jeonju (about 2 hours 30 minutes). There’s a bus stop for Geumsansa Temple directly in front of the Jeonju Express Bus Terminal (about 50 minutes), and then you’ll need to walk 10 minutes to get to the temple. 



General Schedule:

Geumsansa Temple Stay features three different programs. It features a one week program that focuses on an authentic experience as a practicing Buddhist. The second is a yearly Temple Stay program, where past participants enjoy the Temple Stay experience all over again. And the final one is the one night, two days Regular Schedule program. Here is a sample schedule of what you might experience during this program:

Day One:

15:00~16:00 : Registration & Free Time
17:00~18:00 : Orientation (Learn About Temple Etiquette)
18:00~18:50 : Traditional Buddhist Meal
19:00~19:30 : Striking the Temple Bell & Evening Service
19:30~20:00 : Walking in Peace (Walking Meditation)
20:00~21:00 : Down Time
21:00~ : Sleeping

Day Two:
03:30~04:00 : Early Morning Service (Optional)
04:00~04:30 : 108 Prostrations (Optional)
04:30~05:00 : Seon Meditation
05:00~06:00 : Walking Along a Tranquil Forest Path
06:00~07:00 : Temple Breakfast
07:00~07:30 : Communal Work (Sweeping the Grounds)
07:30~09:00 : Making 108 Prayer Beads
09:00~10:30 : Tea-time with a Monk
10:30~11:30 : Temple Tour
11:30~12:00 : Comments and Feedback
12:10~13:00 : Temple Lunch
After lunch : Departure

*Bring your own toiletries (toothbrush, towels), T-shirts, running shoes and an umbrella.

* If you want to use your own room (only for you or with family or with friends), then +20,000 won per night.

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(Courtesy of the Geumsansa Temple Stay website).

Geumsansa Temple Information:

Address : 39, Geumsan-ri, Geumsan-myeon Gimje-si Jeollabuk-do
Tel : +82-63-542-0048 / Fax : +82-63-548-1390
homepage : http://www.geumsansa.org
E-mail : geumsansa@templestay.com

Fees:

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 30,000 won; Under 13: 30,000 won (Regular Schedule)

*Add 20,000 won if you want your own room.

Link:

Reservations for the Geumsansa Temple Stay program.

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(Courtesy of Wikipedia).

Temple Stay: Geumsunsa Temple (Seoul)

(Courtesy of the Geumsunsa Temple website).

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Geumsunsa Temple is over 600 years old, and it’s beautifully situated in Mt. Bukhansan National Park in Seoul. Historically, Geumsunsa Temple was the place where King Jeungjo prayed for the birth of a male heir. As for the temple itself, it specializes in Seon meditation. There are a couple highlights to this temple like the beautiful stream that passes under the Hongyaekyo (Bridge of Nirvana) inside the temple grounds, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds the temple.

As for the Temple Stay program itself, it focuses on Seon meditation. Additionally, you can enjoy a hike through Mt. Bukhansan National Park, Buddhist chanting, and ringing the temple bell. This temple focuses on meditation and being at one with nature.

(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website).

Directions:

To get to Geumsunsa Temple from Seoul:

Take the subway, the orange line (line #3), and get off at Gyeongbokgung Station. Take exit #3 out of the station and walk straight for about 70 metres to the bus stop. Then, take the green bus #7212 at the bus stop. Get off at the Yibukodocheong stop (이북오도청) after a 20 minute ride. Finally, walk along the main road in a northerly direction for about 20 minutes. During the first 10 minutes, you’ll walk along a road. And during the second 10 minutes of your journey, you’ll need to walk up the mountain. Along the way, you’ll be able to see street signs leading you towards Yeonhwasa Temple (연화사) and Geumsunsa Temple (금선사).

Or you can take a taxi, after arriving at Gyeongbokgung Station and taking exit #3. The taxi ride will take about 15 minutes to get you to the parking lot of Geumsunsa Temple, then you’ll need to walk 10 minutes up a mountain path.

Additionally, it’s important to inform the temple, in advance, if you’ll be bringing any heavy luggage, because the path leading up to the temple is composed of stone stairs. As a result, the temple will need to use the cable car to bring your luggage up.



General Schedule:

Geumsunsa Temple runs two types of programs at their temple. The first is the Experiential Program, while the other is the Relaxation Schedule. Here are both scheduled programs.

A: Experiential Program Schedule:

Saturday:
15:00~15:30 : Arrival and Registration.
15:30~16:00 : Orientation and Temple Etiquette
16:00~17:30 : Temple Tour and Learning a Buddhist Chanting Script
18:00~18:30 : Dinner
18:45 : Bell Ringing
19:00~19:30 : Evening Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
19:30~21:00 : Meditation and 108 Prostrations
21:00~ : Sleep

Sunday:
04:30 : Wake Up & Wash
04:45 : Bell Ringing
05:00~05:20 : Morning Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
05:20~06:00 : Meditation
06:00~06:50 : Free Time
06:50~08:10 : Baru Gongyang (Traditional Monastic Meal)
08:30~09:30 : Communal Work
09:30~11:00 : Conversation with a Monk Over Tea
11:00~11:50 : Hiking on Mt. Bukhansan (If the weather is bad, an alternative program will be run).
12:00~12:50 : Lunch & Feedback
13:00~ : Closing Ceremony

* Please make reservations at least 3 days before the date you would like to join.
* Participation of the Experiential Temple Stay is only available for an individual over age 13.
* Room arrangement: Participants share a big room together, but men and women stay separately.
* A uniform ( a vest and pants ) is provided during the program.
* Please arrive before 3 pm.
* What to bring : toiletries, a personal water bottle, loose clothes for sleep, an extra t-shirt, sneakers and socks. (Please remember that a sleeveless shirt or flip-flops are not recommended).

(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website)

B: Relaxation Program Schedule:

Day 1:
15:00~17:00 : Registration and Temple Tour
18:00~18:30 : Dinner
19:00 : Evening Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
19:30~ : Free Time & Sleep

Day 2:
05:00 : Morning Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
06:30~07:00 : Breakfast
07:00~ : Free Time
12:00~12:30 : Lunch
13:00 : Check Out

* During the free time, some activities are available, such as meditation, 108 prostrations, and a conversation with a monk.
* Please make reservations at least 3 days before the date you would like to join.
* Operating days : Sunday – Friday
* Usually a 1 night and 2 day stay is only made possible depending on temple availability.
* Room arrangement: A private room is provided, but men and women stay separately.
* A uniform (a vest and pants) is provided during the stay.
* Please arrive before 3 pm.
* What to bring : toiletries, a personal water bottle, loose clothes for sleep, an extra t-shirt, sneakers, and socks. (Remember that a sleeveless shirt or flip-flops are not recommended).

Geumsunsa Temple Information:

Address : Gukidong Jongnogu, Seoul, Korea
Tel : 070-4242-9913 / Fax : 02-395-9921
homepage : http://www.geumsunsa.org
E-mail : geumsunsa@templestay.com

Fees:

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Experiential Schedule; 1 nights, 2 days).

Adults: 70,000 won; Teens: 70,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Relaxation Schedule; 1 nights, 2 days).

Link:

Reservations for the Experiential Temple Stay Program at Geumsunsa Temple.

Reservations for the Relaxation Temple Stay Program at Geumsunsa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Geumsunsa Temple website)

Temple Stay: Jeondeungsa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)

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(Courtesy of the Jeondeungsa Temple Stay website)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Jeondeungsa Temple is situated on Ganghwa-do Island. Jeondeungsa Temple was first established in the 4th century by the monk Ado, and it was formally called Jinjongsa Temple. It received its current name in 1282. It’s believed by some that Jeondeungsa Temple is the oldest temple on the Korean peninsula. The temple helped defend against the invading Mongols. In fact, the Goryeo Royal Family temporarily took up residence at the temple after the capital of Gaeseong had been overrun. From 1719 until 1910, Jeondeungsa Temple was in charge of protecting the ancestral records of the Joseon Dynasty royal family. As a result, senior monks from Jeondeungsa Temple were highly regarded during the Joseon Dynasty.

As for the temple itself, Jeondeungsa Temple is situated inside the walls of Samnang Fortress, which was originally built to protect Korea from foreign invaders. You’ll have to pass through the fortress gate, which is now the gate to the temple. Jeondeungsa Temple is one of the smaller Temple Stay temples that you can stay at; but with that being said, it still has a fair bit to see like the naked woman carved into the eaves of the main hall.

Jeondeungsa Temple offers two Temple Stay programs at their temple. The first is the Recuperation Schedule, which allows participants to relax and choose whatever activities they want to ensure a stress free and relaxing stay. The other schedule, the Regular Schedule, allows participants to enjoy  a genuine monastic experience. Participants take part in Buddhist services, communal work at the temple, monastic meals, meditation, and a talk with a monk.

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(Courtesy of the Jeondeungsa Temple Stay website)

Directions:

First, you’ll have to get to Incheon. Once there, and from the Shinchon Subway Station (Line #2), use exit #4 and walk 100 metres. From there, take bus #3100 to Onsuri Terminal, which can be found in front of Artreon Cinema. Get off at Onsuri. Walk to the temple from there. It should take about 20 minutes.

Or, and again from Incheon, you can take the Incheon Express City Bus, #700. From there, get off at the Onsu-ri Station. Signs should lead you the rest of the way to the temple



General Schedule:

There are two types of programs at Jeondeungsa Temple. The first is the Regular Temple Stay schedule, while the other is the Recuperation Schedule, which runs year round.

A: The Regular Temple Stay Schedule:

Day 1:
13:00: Registration & Room Allocation
14:00: Orientation – Familiarization with Basic Temple Rules & Practices
15:00: Temple Tour
17:00: Temple Dinner
18:00: Buddhist Ceremonial Service (Striking the Temple Bell)
18:30: Healing Yoga or Seon Meditation
21:00: Sleep

Day 2:
04:00: Wake Up
04:30: Buddihist Ceremonial Service (Ye-bool)
05:00: 108 Prostrations & Seon Meditation
06:00: Balwoo Gongyang (Formal Monastic Meal)
07:30: Community Work
08:00: Walking Mediation (Mt. Jeongjoksan)
09:00: Rest
09:30: Tea Time with a Monk (Tea Ceremony)
11:00: Room Cleaning
11:30: Temple Lunch
12:00: Check Out

Happy Evening with the chanting bell

(Courtesy of the Jeondeungsa Temple Stay website)

B: The Recuperation Schedule:

Day 1:

13:00~13:30: Registration & Room Allocation
13:30~17:00: Free Time
17:30~18:00: Temple Dinner
18:30~19:00: Evening Buddihism Ceremony
19:05~20:30: Tea Time with a Monk
20:30~21:00: Ready for Sleep
21:00~: Sleep

Day 2:
04:00~04:30: Wake Up
04:30~05:00: Buddhist Ceremonial Service(Ye-bool)
05:00~06:30: Free Time
06:30~07:00: Temple Breakfast
07:00~11:30: Free Time
11:30~12:00: Temple Lunch
12:00: Check Out

Jeondeungsa Temple Information:

Address : 635, Onsu-ri, Gilsang-myeon Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Tel : 82-32-937-0152 / Fax : 82-32-232-5450
homepage : http://www.jeondeungsa.org
E-mail : jeondeungsa@templestay.com

Fees:

Adults: 60,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Regular Schedule; 1 nights, 2 days).

Adults: 40,000 won; Teens: 30,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Recuperation Schedule; 1 nights, 2 days).

Link:

Reservations for the Regular Schedule at Jeondeungsa Temple.

Reservations for the Recuperation Schedule at Jeondeungsa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Jeondeungsa Temple Stay website).

Temple Stay: Myogaksa Temple (Seoul)

(Courtesy of the Myogaksa Temple Facebook Page).

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Myogaksa Temple is located in downtown Seoul in the Jongno-gu district. And it’s situated at the base of Mt. Naksan, so you get a great view of the entire city of Seoul. Myogaksa Temple is a relatively new temple, at least in context to its long history. Myogaksa Temple was first established in 1930 by Ven. Taeheo. The reason that he built the temple where he did, and according to geomancy, was to put the city of Seoul at ease. The temple grounds themselves are rather small; however, the temple buildings are beautifully arranged both with each other and nature. The true highlight to this temple is the beautifully carved image of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion).

As for the Temple Stay program at Myogaksa Temple, the temple runs two kinds of programs: one is overnight, while the other is a day program. The Regular Program, which runs one night and two days, focuses on meditation, communal work, prayer, and the power of silence. The two day programs are almost identical to each other, the only major difference is that one is strictly run on Saturday (and earlier in the day), while the other runs every other day (and is later in the day). During the day programs, you can enjoy bead making, a tea ceremony, or a temple tour.

(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website).

Directions:

From Seoul:

Myogaksa Temple is located near Dongmyo Apt. (동묘앞 역 Line #1 or #6) subway station. Exit Dong-Myo station at exit #2 and turn left. Walk down the street 50 metres, while following the signs to Myogaksa Temple. Find the shop named Beaute (a cosmetic store) or 7-Eleven, and turn left. Walk up the hill to the first intersection. Find a small sign on a pole to direct you. Turn right at the intersection. Find a laundry shop on your right side. And keep going until you get to the temple.


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General Schedule:

Myogaksa Temple runs three different programs at its temple. The first, and the longest of the three, is the Regular Schedule program, which lasts one night and two days. The other two programs are day programs. One is run during the week, while the other takes place only on Saturdays.

A: Regular Schedule:

Day 1:
14:30: Registration and Distribution of Uniforms
15:00: Orientation
16:00: 108 Prostrations, Making 108 Prayer Beads, Meditation
18:00: Bell-Striking and Buddhist Ceremony
18:30: Dinner
19:30: Personal Time
20:00: Preparing to Sleep
21:00: Time to Sleep

Day 2:
04:30: Wake-Up Time
05:00: Bell-Striking & Predawn Service
05:30: Early Morning Mindful Meditation
06:00: Taking a Walk in Mt. Naksan Park (Subject to change according to the weather)
07:00: Breakfast
08:00: Tea Ceremony
09:00: Group Work (Cleaning the Temple or a Room)
10:00: Departure
*Subject to change.

B: One Day Program (other than Saturday):

10:30: Registration & Distribution of Uniforms
11:00: Orientation
11:20: Making 108 Prayer Beads
12:00: Lunch (Vegetarian)
13:00: Temple Tour
13:30: Tea Ceremony & Meditation
15:00: Departure

C: One Day Program (Saturdays):

14:30: Registration & Distribution of Uniforms
15:00: Orientation
15:30: Making 108 Prayer Beads
17:00: Meditation & Tea Ceremony
18:00: Bell Striking, Buddhist Chanting Ceremony, Temple Tour
18:30: Dinner
19:30~20:00: Departure

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(Courtesy of the Myogaksa Temple website)

Myogaksa Temple Information:

Address : 178-3, Sungin-dong Jongno-gu Seoul
Tel : 82-2-763-3109 / Fax : 82-2-763-3305
homepage : http://www.myogaksa.net
E-mail : myogaktemple@naver.com

Fees:

Adults: 95,000 won; Teens: 80,000 won; Under 13: 80,000 won (Regular Schedule; 1 nights, 2 days).

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won; Under 13: 40,000 won (Both One Day Programs)

Link:

Reservations for the Regular Program at Myogaksa Temple.

Reservations for the Day Program at Myogaksa Temple.

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(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Temple Stay: Seonunsa Temple (Jeollabuk-do)

(Courtesy of the Seonunsa Temple Stay website)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Seonunsa Temple was first built during the reign of the Baekje king, King Wideok, in 577 A.D. by the Ven. Geomdan. During the Joseon Dynasty, the temple prospered and grew to 189 temple buildings and 89 hermitages. However, like much of Korea, it was completely destroyed during the Imjin War (1592 to 1598). Now, Seonunsa Temple consists of 13 buildings including the beautiful Daeungbo-jeon Hall (Main Buddha Hall). But perhaps Seonunsa Temple is best known for the 500 year old camellia trees that bloom behind the temple. They are designated a natural monument by the Korean government. And if you get the opportunity, a visitor should really make the extra effort to visit Dosolam Hermitage on Mt. Dosolsan to see the amazing scenery.

Seonunsa Temple has one of the more diverse and dynamic Temple Stay programs in Korea. For those simply wishing to relax, they can take advantage of the Relaxation-Type program. They can pretty much come and go as they please just as long as they attend the pre-dawn and evening ceremonies. Another program that Seonunsa Temple offers is the Practicing Program, where one comes as close to living like a monk without actually being a monk. The other three schedules, which fall under the Standard Program, are the Theme-Based schedules. In these programs, a person can pick the activities that they want to enjoy whether it be a tea ceremony, making tea, or wood carving. It truly seems like Seonunsa Temple has something for everyone.

For more on Seonunsa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Seonunsa Temple Stay website)

Directions:

From Seoul, take subway lines #3, #7, or #9 to the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, and get a bus for Gochang (3 hours 40 minutes). From the Gochang Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take a local bus to Seonunsa (30 minutes).

General Schedule:

Seonunsa Temple provides 5 different types of schedules for their Temple Stay program. There are three more general schedules, with two more specific schedules for the Theme-Type Program.

A: Relaxation-Type Program:

Here is the schedule for the Relaxation-Type Schedule. This type of program is a one night two day program that simply focuses on relaxation. Although there is no strict schedule to follow, you are encouraged to attend the pre-dawn and evening ceremonies.

Day 1:

15:00~16:00: Arrival & Registration/Temple Tour (Training, Uniform Distribution & Room Assignment)
16: 00~: Free Time
17:10~17:40: Dinner
18:00~18:20: Evening Ceremonial Service
18:20~21:00: Free Time/Conversation with a Monk
21:00~21:30: Preparing for Bed
21:30~: Bed Time (Lights out)

 

Day 2:
04:00: Wake Up
04:10~04:50: Pre-Dawn Ceremonial Service
04:50~06:10: Free Time
06:10~06::50: Breakfast
06:50~: Free Time
11:50~12:30: Lunch Time
12:30~13:00: Tidy Up the Room & Packing
13:00: Departure

 

(Courtesy of the Seonunsa Temple Stay website)

B: Practicing Program:

Here is the schedule for the practicing program at Seonunsa Temple. This program provides the unique opportunity to learn about Korean Buddhism through monastic activities including 108 bows and a relic visit.

Day 1:
15:00~16:00: Arrival & Registration (Training, Uniform Distribution and a Short Temple Tour)
16:00~16:30: Temple Manners Class
16:30~17:30: Baru Meal Offering Ceremony
17:50~18:10: Striking a Bell
18:10~18:30: Evening Ceremony
18:30~19:30: Zen Meditation
19:50~21:00: Conversation with a Monk
21:00~21:30: Preparing for Bed
21:30~: Bed Time (Lights out)

 

Day 2:
04:00: Wake Up
04:10~04:50: Early Morning Ceremony
05:00~06:00: 108 Bows
06:10~06:50: Breakfast
06:50~07:50: Rest
08:00~09:00: Zen Meditation
09:00~09:30: Rest
09:30~11:30: Walking Meditation to Dosolam Hermitage
11:40~12~30: Lunch
12:30~13:00: Tidy up the Room & Packing
13:00~: Closing Ceremony & Departure

 

(Courtesy of the Seonunsa Temple Stay website)

C: The Standard-Theme Program:

Here is just one, of the three, standard theme program schedules that they offer at Seonunsa Temple. While this schedule focuses on a tea ceremony, the other activities for the two other schedules are wood carving and making green/lotus tea.

Day 1:
15:00: Arrival & Registration, Temple Tour & Temple Manners Class (Uniform Distribution & Room Assignment)
16:00: Tea Ceremony
17:10: Dinner (Evening Meal Offering)
17:50: Striking a Bell
18:00: Evening Ceremony
18:30~19:30: Making 108 Prayer Beads
19:30~20:30: Conversation with a Monk
21:00: Bedtime (Lights Out)

 

Day 2:
04:00~: Wake Up
04:10~05:00: Early Morning Ceremony
05:00~06:00: Zen Meditation
06:10~07:00: Breakfast
07:00~08:00: Communal work
08:10~11:00: Walking Meditation to Dosolam
11:40~12:20: Lunch (Mid-Day Meal Offering)
13:00: Packing & Tidy Up the Room

 

Seonunsa Temple Information:

Address : 500, Samin-ri, Asan-myeon Gochang-gun Jeollabuk-do
Tel : +82-63-561-1375 / Fax :
homepage : http://www.seonunsa.org
E-mail : seonuntemple@templestay.com

Fees:

Adults: 60,000 won; Teens: 60,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Experience-Type Schedule; 2 nights, 3 days).

Adults: 80,000 won; Teens: 80,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Theme Schedule 1 night, 2 days).

Adults: 40,000 won; Teens: 40,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Relaxation-Type Schedule 1 night, 2 days).

Link:

Reservations for the Seonunsa Temple Stay program.

General information about the Seonunsa Temple Stay program.

(Courtesy of the Seonunsa Temple Stay website)