Temple Stay: Beopjusa Temple (Chungcheongbuk-do)

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 The beautiful Beopjusa Temple.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Beopjusa Temple (The Place Where Buddha’s Teachings Reside Temple) is beautifully situated in Mt. Songnisan National Park. You first approach the temple up a wide riverside path that is shaded by mature pine trees. There are quite a few unique highlights to this temple like the massive main hall, the Four Heavenly Kings stone lanterns, and the lion based lantern that dates back to 720 A.D. But the two major, and massive, highlights to the temple are the 33 metre tall bronze statue of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha) and the Palsang-jeon wooden pagoda that dates back to 1624.

There are two different Temple Stay programs at Beopjusa Temple. The first, The Relaxation Schedule, is one designed for a person that simply wants to enjoy the stress free environment of Beopjusa Temple on their own. A person can wander the grounds without having to follow a set schedule.

The other program, the Regular Schedule, follows a set schedule. During your stay, you’ll enjoy making lotus flowers, Seon meditation, and a meditative walk through the beautiful surrounding woods. So whatever your fancy, Beopjusa Temple has you covered.

For more information on Beopjusa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Korean Temple Stay website).

Directions:

To get to Beopjusa Temple, it’s a bit out of the way. You first have to take a bus to Boeun city. From the Boeun Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll have to take a direct bus to Mt. Songnisan. This bus runs every 30 to 40 minutes throughout the day. When you arrive at Songnisan Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll have to walk 20 minutes to the Beopjusa Temple/Mt. Songnisan Ticket Office.

From Seoul, there are three different ways you can get to Beopjusa Temple by using the bus:

1. From Seoul Gangnam Central Bus Terminal (Seoul Metro Line #3, Express Bus Terminal):

Departure Time : 7am, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm
Fee : 16,500 won
Duration : 3 to 3 and a half hours

2. From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal

Departure Time : 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am ~ 12:35 pm, 14:30, 15:30 ~~
Fee : 16,900 won
Duration : 3 and a half hours

3. From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal

Departure Time : 13:00 16:20 20:00
Fee : 16,900 won
Duration : 3 and a half hours

General Schedule:

A: Regular Schedule, Temple Stay Program: For this type of program you follow a set schedule.

Day 1:
1:00 pm: Arrival
1:30 pm: Room Assignment
2:30 pm: Orientation & Temple Tour
3:30 pm: Hiking
5:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm: Buddhist Ceremonial Service (Evening Chanting)
7:30 pm: Making a Lotus Flower
8:30 pm: Zen Meditation
8:30 pm: Washing Up
9:00 pm: Sleep

Day 2:
3:00 am: Wake Up
3:20 am: Early Morning Buddhist Ceremonial Service (Morning Chanting)
4:20 am: Zen Meditation
5:30 am: 108 Prostration (Bows)
6:00 am: Breakfast
7:30 am: Walking Meditation in the Woods
9:00 am: Tea Ceremony / Q&A
10:30 am: Clean Your Room
11:30 am: Lunch
12:00 noon: Departure

B: Relaxation Schedule, Temple Stay Program: For this program, there is no set schedule. Instead, the focus is simply on relaxation and rest.

(Courtesy of the Beopjusa Temple website).

Beopjusa Temple Information:

Location: Songnisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungbuk, Korea
Hours of Operation: 09:00 -17:00 Korean time [Open all year round ]
Phone: +82-43-544-5656 (Korean, English)
Email: beopjusa@gmail.com (Korean, English)
Website: http://beopjusa.org/eng/main.php?menukey=23
https://twitter.com/beopjusa
http://www.facebook.com/beopjusatemple1

Address : 405, beopjusa-ro, Sokrisan-mye Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do

Tel : +82-43-544-5656 / Fax :
homepage : www.beopjusa.org
E-mail : beopjusa@gmail.com

Fees:

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

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 0 won; Under 13: 0 won (Relaxation Schedule: 1 night, 2 days).

Link:

For Reservations to the Regular Program at Beopjusa Temple.

For Reservations to the Relaxation Program at Beopjusa Temple.

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The oldest wooden pagoda in Korea: The Palsang-jeon pagoda.

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