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)

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