Temple Stay: Sudeoksa Temple (Chungcheongnam-do)

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The main hall at Sudeoksa Temple, which dates back to 1308, and is the oldest wooden structure in Korea. (Courtesy of Wikipedia).

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Introduction to the Temple:

The exact date as to when Sudeoksa Temple was established is unknown; however, it’s believed to date back to the reign of the Baekje king, King Wideok (r. 554-598 A.D.). Sudeoksa Temple was a large temple from the Goryeo Dynasty through to the Joseon Dynasty. In 1984, the temple was awarded the distinction of becoming a Chongmin Temple, which includes a Seon room, Sutra school and a Precepts school. In total, there are only five of these types of schools in all of Korea, with the others being Haeinsa Temple, Songgwangsa Temple, Tongdosa Temple, and Baekyangsa Temple. There are many cultural properties housed at Sudeoksa Temple, but it’s best known for the Daeung-jeon Hall (The main hall). Sudeoksa Temple was one of the very few historical temples not to be destroyed during the destructive Imjin War (1592-1598). As a result, the main hall, which dates back to 1308, is the oldest wooden structure in all of Korea. Additionally, the Samcheung-tap pagoda that dates back to around the Goryeo Dynasty, the intimidating Heavenly Kings that welcome you to the temple, and the numerous temple buildings, highlight the ancient Sudeoksa Temple.

Sudeoksa Temple is one of the more popular Temple Stay programs with foreign visitors. The program is highlighted by monastic meals, a tea ceremony, and a conversation with monks from Sudeoksa Temple. A visitor can also enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds Sudeoksa Temple by taking a beautiful hike to the top of Mt. Deoksungsan. You can also enjoy the neighbouring Jeonghyesa Temple and the amazing views from the peak.

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(Courtesy of Wikipedia)


There are two ways to get to Sudeoksa Temple from Seoul. First, take subway line # 2 to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, or you can also take subway line # 3 to the Nambu Bus Terminal, and get a bus to Yaesan (about 2 hours 30 minutes). From the Yaesan Bus Terminal, you can take a local bus directly to Sudeoksa (about 1 hour).

The other way is to take subway line # 2 to the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, or you can take subway line # 3 to the Nambu Bus Terminal, and get a bus for Hongseong (2 hours 10 minutes). From Hongseong Bus Terminal, you can take a local bus directly to Sudeoksa (40 minutes).

General Schedule:

Day 1 :

15:30 ~ 16:00: Distribution of Uniforms and Room Assignments
16:00 ~ 17:00: Orientation to Temple Etiquette.
17:00 ~ 18:00: Evening Barugongyang
18:20 ~ 19:00: Evening Prayer Service
19:00 ~ 20:30: A Conversation with a Monk
20:30 ~ 21:00: The Study of Banyasimgyeong Text
21:00 ~ 21:30: Walking Meditation
21:30: Sleep

Day 2
03:00 : Rising and Washing
03:00 ~ 04:00: Doryangseok Ritual and Morning Service
07:00 ~ 09:00: Hiking in Mount Deoksungsan
09:00 ~ 11:00: Hot Spring Bath
11:00 ~ 11:30: Buddhist Memorial Service
11:30 ~ 12:00: Afternoon Meal

(Courtesy of the Sudeoksa Temple Stay website)

Sudeoksa Temple Information:

Address: 20, Sacheon-ri, Deoksan-myeon Yesan-gun Chungcheongnam-do
Tel: +82-41-337-0137 / Fax: +82-41-337-0072
Homepage: http://www.sudeoksa.com
E-mail: ailsun@daum.net


Adults: 100,000 won; Teens: 50,000 won; Under 13: 0 won


Reservations for the Sudeoksa Temple Stay program.

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(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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