Temple Stay: Yongjoosa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)

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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.

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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

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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)

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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).

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