Temple Stay: Jikjisa Temple (Gyeongsangbuk-do)


 The main hall at Jikjisa Temple.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:

Jikjisa Temple (“Direct Indicator Temple”) was first established in 418 by the monk, Ado. It’s one of the oldest temples in all of Korea. In addition to its age, Jikjisa Temple is beautifully situated amongst the pines on Mt. Hwangaksan. Besides its age and beauty, the other highlights to this temple are the vast amount of halls that you can visit. The most unique and beautiful aspect is probably the hall that houses 1,000 tiny white Buddha statues. Also, the museum is well worth a look.

The Temple Stay program at Jikjisa Temple focuses on nature. Also, a Dharma talk and the 108 bowing ceremony allow for a better understanding of Korean Buddhism.

For more information on Jikjisa Temple.

(Courtesy of the Jikjisa Temple Stay program website)


From Seoul, and if you want to take the bus, you should first take subway line # 2 to the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, and get a bus for Gimcheon (3 hours). From Gimcheon you can take a local bus to Jikjisa Temple (25 minutes).

And if you want to go to Jikjisa Temple by train from Seoul, you should first take subway lines # 1 or # 4 to Seoul Station. By KTX, it’ll take about two hours. And by slow train, “Mugunghwa”, it takes about three and a half hours. From Gimcheon Station, take a local bus, either  #11 or #111, directly to Jikjisa Temple (25 minutes).

However, if you’re leaving from Busan, you can catch a KTX train to Gimcheon from the Hwamyeong Train Station. The train to Gimcheon is about 15,000 won, and it takes about an hour.  Once you’ve arrived at the Gimcheon train station, you can catch local buses #11, #111, or #112 from the intercity bus terminal that is just right of the train station parking lot. The bus ride is 1,300 won and lasts about 10 minutes. You can also take a taxi from just out in front of the train station, as well. If you’re travelling in a group, this may be an easier way, as the ride costs about 7,000 to 10,000 won. The bus will drop you off at the bus stop which is a nice 15 minute walk to Jikjisa Temple.

General Schedule:

There are two regular Temple Stay schedules that Jikjisa Temple provides at their temple. The first is the Regular Schedule (Looking into My Mind Straightly), while the other is the Relaxation Schedule, which has no set schedule.

A: Regular Schedule (Looking into My Mind Straightly):

Day 1:

15:00 – Opening Ceremony

16:00 – Orientation

17:00 – Dinner

18:00 – Evening Worship

19:00 – A Conversation with a Monk

20:00 – Bedtime


Day 2:

3:00 – Wake-up Time

3:30 – Morning Worship

4:30 – Listening to Nature

5:30 – A Walk in Nature

6:00 – Breakfast

7:30 – 108 Bowing Ceremony

9:00 – Various Activities

11:00 – Lunch

12:00 – Barefoot Nature Hike

1:00 – Departure


(Courtesy of the Jikjisa Temple Stay program website)

Jikjisa Temple Information:

Address : 216, Unsu-ri, Daehang-myeon Gimcheon-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
Tel : +82-54-429-1716 / Fax : +82-54-436-3174
homepage : http://www.jikjisa.or.kr
E-mail : jikjisa@templestay.com


Adults: 70,000 won; Teens: 30,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Regular Schedule)

Adults: 50,000 won; Teens: 30,000 won; Under 13: 0 won (Relaxation Schedule)


Reservations for the Regular Schedule at Jikjisa Temple

Reservations for the Relaxation Schedule at Jikjisa Temple


 Inside the Hall of 1,000 Buddhas.

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