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How to join Templestay

Check out the Templestay website at Read through the comments and other materials, and choose a temple you like. Consult the Templestay website or the temples website and nd out their schedule. You can either apply directly to the temples website, or else send them an email. Its also possible to apply by phone. Let them know concretely what dates you want to come, how many people will be joining, and so on. After sending the participation fee, ask if there are any special considerations or requirements for that particular temple.

16 Selective Temples for Foreigners

16 Selective Temples for Foreigners

Geumsunsa Temple Jeondeungsa Temple International Seon Center Myogaksa Temple Bongeunsa Temple

Woljeongsa Temple

Yongjoosa Temple

Jikjisa Temple Donghwasa Temple Geumsansa Temple Seonunsa Temple Beomeosa Temple Haeinsa Temple Golgulsa Temple

Mihwangsa Temple

Exit No.6 of Anguk (Subway No.3 Line)

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Yakchunsa Temple

Templestay Information Center

Jogyesa Temple

71 Gyeonji-dong Jongno-gu Seoul 02 2031 2000

Templestay Information Center

Insa-dong Exit No.2 of Jonggak

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What is Templestay?
Templestay is a unique cultural program which lets you experience the life of Buddhist practitioners at traditional temples which preserve the 1700 year old history of Korean Buddhism. During Templestay, you will get a taste for the incredible cultural heritage which has blossomed during the ve thousand years of Korean history, as well as experience the cultural consciousness transmitted throughout Korean Buddhist history.

Hearing the cries of the cicadas echoing through the forest, your mind awakens.

Everything is already complete, just as it is.

As you pass through the temple compound, the wind blows, sounds of rustling leaves ll your ears.

Templestay Programs
The Templestay presents a wide range of activities featuring Yebul (the Buddhist service), Seon (Zen) meditation, Barugongyang (Formal monastic meal), Tea ceremony, 108 prostrations, the making of lotus lanterns and much, much more. Shorter programs run 1 night and 2 days, while longer retreats last one week or longer.

Dado (Tea ceremony)

In Seon Buddhism, the art of brewing and drinking tea is considered just as important spiritual undertaking as Seon meditation; so much so that monks often say daseonilme (: tea and Seon are one and the same). A properly brewed tea in accordance with the traditional Korean tea art purifies both mind and body.

Yebul (the Buddhist service)

The ceremony begins with the playing of four Dharma instruments: Dharma drum, Dharma bell, wooden fish, and cloud-shaped gong in this order. It is a time of prayer offered for the well being of all living creatures; a time reminding oneself of the mystery of the universe wholly present in all sentient beings.

Making lotus lanterns

Snowy lotus flowers blooming from the puddle of mud signifies the everlasting wisdom. A popular form of Buddhist art, lotus lanterns made by hands constitute one of the most important offerings dedicated to the Buddha for his birthday. [The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every May in celebration of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha.]

Seon (Zen) Meditation

One of the Buddhist practices of mind. Meditation means to find ones own Buddha nature by sitting still and quietly controlling breaths and to search for the inner Buddha. It is the practice or cultivation beginning from the acceptance that one is pure and clear originally.

Ulyeok (Communal work)

Ulyeok means working together and also means a work session to which all residents of the monastery must attend. When people work together, they can achieve greatness. Korean Buddhism mandates one who does not work, shall not eat either. There is no difference in working and practicing, and every action, no matter how mundane it is, is an occasion to practice ones mind.

Barugongyang (Formal monastic meals)

Barugongyang is a formal monastic meal traditionally served in a ritualistic manner and considered as an important part of the Buddhist practice. It is conducted in such a way that prevents any waste, not even a drop of water. Radically eco-friendly, barugongyang is a Buddhist contribution to the preservation of the mother earth.

Pohaeng (Walking meditation)

Walking around slowly to comfort and ease tired and stiff body after remaining in a same position while meditating. This process is the extension of practicing Seon. Especially the walking meditation in the forest offers chances to be in harmony with Mother Nature.

16 Selective Temples for Foreigners

The journey itself to a mountain temple can be a meditation. Away from the busy streets, the road to the temple is immersed in tranquility and the rocks stand in pristine dignity. The trees lead you to go further and further, hiding the nal destination with their thick shade. And nally the road ends and opens up to a whole new world. That is the rst moment you encounter another world and that will be also the rst moment to nd the true you. This is what happens in the monastery which cherishes time-honored tradition and spiritual cultivation Here are 16 temples offering English programs for foreigners

16 Selective Temples for Foreigners

The journey itself to a mountain temple can be a meditation. Away from the busy streets, the road to the temple is immersed in tranquility and the rocks stand in pristine dignity. The trees lead you to go further and further, hiding the nal destination with their thick shade. And nally the road ends and opens up to a whole new world. That is the rst moment you encounter another world and that will be also the rst moment to nd the true you. This is what happens in the monastery which cherishes time-honored tradition and spiritual cultivation Here are 16 temples offering English programs for foreigners

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nternational Seon Center(ISC) is conveniently located in the center of the metropolitan city of Seoul so that anyone, such as working professionals, international tourists, or business travelers, can experience Templestay program in the very quiet ISC center as well as enjoy the clean and comfortable modern facilities. Various unique Templestay programs help the participants to better understand the Korean Buddhist culture and Seon meditation. Furthermore, ISC Dharma talk session assists individuals to find peace of mind in todays hectic environment. Most of all, by the end of the program, the participants will be equipped with Seon meditation practice skills & tools which work for almost any day-to-day activity. Additionally, the 1st floor ISC Korean restaurant provides a relaxed venue open to the public to experience the eco-friendly temple dining.
Address 31911 Sinjeong 6dong Yangcheon-gu, Seoul Tel 02 2650 2242 Fax 02 2650 2201 Website E-mail

Public Transit

Subway Take No. 5 Subway line, get off at Omokgyo Station and go out through exit No. 8. Then walk straight until the first intersection, turn left and walk straight until you meet Mokdong Middle School on your left. The International Seon Center is located on the opposite side of the school. Bus Blue bus: 571 Green bus: 6617, 6620, 6623, 6624, 6625, 6640, 6648 Shuttle bus: Yangcheon 03 Get off at Mokdong Pal Danji

Private Car

From Yeouido: Seoulgyo(Bridge) Dorimgyo(Bridge) Mokdong Middle School Yangcheon Tax Office the International Seon Center

tay in a temple where you can look down over Seoul city. Myogaksa Temple is located in downtown Seoul, in the Sungindong area of the Jongnogu district. The temple is situated in the foothills of Naksan Mountain, so you can see the entire urban area of Seoul at once, and feel both the busy city below and the leisurely temple environment. Myogaksa Temple was founded in May, 1930 by Ven. Taeheo. It has been said that, according to the rules of geomancy, constructing a temple in this spot would put the city of Seoul at ease. The temple area is not very large, but the Daebulbojeon(Main Buddha Hall) and other smaller Dharma Halls are all situated very harmoniously together. The figure of Gwanseeumbosal(Bodhisattva of Compassion), carved into the natural stone of Naksan Mountain, looks ready to reach out and grasp the hands of those who pass by the stone ledge.
Address 178-3 Sungin-dong Jongno-gu Seoul Tel 02 763 3109 Fax 02 763 3305 Website E-mail

Public Transit

Subway Dongmyo Station (Subway Line No. 1), Exit No. 2 Walk 10m in direction of Sinseol-dong Turn down the alley between SK Telecom and a cosmetic store At the first intersection, turn right to the laundry Walk about 20m on the left, Myogaksa Bus Blue bus: 101, 103, 105, 142, 144, 152, 201, 201, 260, 261, 262, 270, 271, 370, 420, 720, 721 Green bus: 1014, 2112, 2233 Red bus: 9403 Airport limousine-6002 Shuttle bus: Jong-no 03 Get off at Dongmyo-Ap bus stop Turn down the alley between SK Telecom and a cosmetic store At the first intersection, turn right to the laundry Walk about 20m on the left, Myogaksa

Private Car

From Cheongnyangni, Sinseol-dong, go straight in the direction of Dongmyo. Turn right to the alley between Dongdaemun Ohaengsaengsikwon and Pizza Etang Turn right at the first intersection to the alley with Yeonnam Building at the corner. Go straight to Jongno 63ga-gil to the left is Myogaksa

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ith 600 years of history as a traditional Korean Buddhist Temple and the Great King Jeongjo s place to pray for the birth of a prince, Geumsunsa Temple is famous for its beautiful natural scenery in the Bukhansan National Park, and it belongs to Beomeosa Temple, Head Temple for the 14th District of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It specializes as a concentrated Seon(Zen) meditation temple. Geumsunsa Temple is located in Gugi-dong, Jongnogu, in front of Mt.Inwang, near the Blue House and Gyeongbokgung Palace, and only fifteen minutes away from Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul. A mountain stream flows from Bibong Peak and Hyangnobong Peak in the Bukhansan National Park, passes under Hong-ye-gyo(Bridge of Nirvana) at the temple, and gives you the feel of the natural beauty of a temple, yet it is located in the center of Seoul.

Public Transit

Subway+Bus Take the No. 3 subway line, get off at Gyeongbokgung Station and go out through Exit No. 3. Take 7212 bus and get off at the Yi-buk-o-do-cheong. Then walk to Geumsunsa passing Cheong-un Senior Citizens Home, Bibong Restaurant, and Bibong Ticket Office. Or, take the No. 4 subway line, get off at Gireum Station and go out through Exit No. 3. Take 7211 bus and get off at Gugi Tunnel, Institute for the Translation of Korean Classics. Then walk to Geumsunsa passing Yi-buk-odo-cheong, Cheong-un Senior Citizens Home, Bibong Restaurant, and Bibong Ticket Office.

Private Car

From Jamsil or Songpa: Hangang Daegyo (Bridge) Gangbyeon Expressway Naebu Expressway Kookmin Univ. IC Bugak Tunnel Sinyeong-dong Samgeori (three-way intersection) Samgeori before Gugi Tunnel Yi-buk-o-do-cheong

ongeunsa Temple is a 1,200 year old temple located in Samseongdong, Gangnamgu, Seoul. Built in 794 C.E. during the reign of King Wonseong by National Teacher, Ven. Yeonhoe, Bongeunsa Temple became the head temple of the Seon sect during the Joseon Dynasty, when the government supported Confucianism, while oppressing Buddhism. Due to the efforts of Master Taego Bou, who devoted himself to the revival of Korean Buddhism, by official recognition Bongeunsa Temple became a stepping stone for this development. In addition, through the national examinations for recruiting monks, it produced great masters such as Master Seosan and Samyeong, who revived the lineage of Seon practice in Korea. In the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty, Ven. Younggi built the Panjeon to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures, as well as eighty-one engraved volumes of the Avatamsaka Sutra.

Public Transit

Subway Take the No. 2 subway line, get off at Samseong Station and go out through Exit No. 6. Then walk about 100m in the direction of the ASEM Tower. Or, take the No. 7 subway line, get off at Cheongdam Station and go out through Exit. No.2. Then walk about 150m in the direction of Gyeonggi High School. Bus ASEM Tower stop - blue bus: 342, 640, green bus: 2225, 2411, 2413, 3411 KEPCO stop - blue bus: 143, 301, green bus: 2225, 3217, 3414, red bus: 9407

Private Car

From Olympic Expressway: Yeongdong Daegyo(Bridge) Yeongdong Daero Bongeunsa sageori (Crossroads), left turn Bongeunsa

Address 1962 Gugi-dong Jongno-gu Seoul Tel 02 395 9955 Fax 02 395 9921 Website E-mail

Address 73 Samseong-dong Gangnam-gu Seoul Tel 02 3218 4895 Fax 02 544 2141 Website E-mail

Jeondeungsa Temple

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eondeungsa keeps a long tradition that can be traced back to 381 C.E., when Ven. Ado built this temple. Once the royal temple during the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasty, it is the oldest among all extant Korean temples. According to legend, the Samnangseong Fortress winding along Mt. Jeongjoksan, was built by the three sons of Dangun who is thought to be the founder of the first Korean ancient kingdom Gojoseon. The most famous cultural property of Jeondeungsa is the Main Buddha Hall Daewungbojeon. What makes this Treasure No. 178 cultural asset more popular is the figure of a naked woman right under the eave of the roof. The four wooden works on each corner of the building tells the legendary story of love, betrayal and ultimately the sad ending between the master carpenter and a village woman.

Public Transit

Bus From Incheon Bus Terminal: Take an express city bus No. 700 and get off at Jeondeungsa From Songjeong Station (No. 5 subway line): Go out through exit No. 1, take a No. 60-2 blue bus and get off at Onsu-ri.

Private Car

From Seoul: Take National Highway No. 48 and enter the Gimpo Bypass. Pass through Janggi-dong and drive until you meet the road sign for Yangchon, Daegot Choji Daegyo(Bridge), then exit to the right. At the Yangchon Sageori(Interection) go forward about 8km in the direction of Ganghwa (Choji Daegyo) and after crossing the Choji Daegyo, turn right, go forward 2km further. At Choji Samgeori (three-way intersection) turn left and go 3km until you meet Jeondeungsa Sageori (Onsu-ri). Turn left to the Jeondeungsa parking lot.

oljeongsa Templestay is enticing. First of all, the one thousand year old fir tree forest makes you contemplative in this pristine tranquility. When you stroll along the Odae Stream, the whispering sound of the flowing water invites you to be a part of the scene. The spiritual ambience of the remote and isolated hermitages gives you a feeling of the presence of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas tenderly smiling at you. In Woljeongsa you can meet the present moment to build a new relationship with your inner self; it may be when you hit the temple bell, when you walk in meditation or when you visit the Woljeongsa Buddhist Museum. Be one with your true self and with the nature in the Temple of the Clear Moonlight; of the title wol () meaning moon, jeong() meaning clear. High above the temple is the legendary Jeongmyeolbogung, the Jeweled Palace of Stillness and Extinction, which holds some Sarira, the relics of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Public Transit

Train Cheongnyangni Station Wonju Station Wonju Intercity Bus Terminal Jinbu Intercity Bus Terminal Woljeongsa Bus From Seoul: Dong-Seoul Terminal Jinbu Intercity Bus Terminal Woljeongsa Stop Woljeongsa

Private Car

From Seoul: Jungbu (Central) Expressway Hobeop Junction Yeongdong Expressway Jinbu IC after 1.5km, turn left at Gau Samgeori go straight after 2km, turn left at Woljeong Samgeori go straight at Byeong-an Samgeori Odaesan National Park Odaesan Tourist Hotel Ticket Office Ticket Check Point Parking Lot Geumganggyo (Bridge) Woljeongsa

Address  635 Onsu-ri Gilsang-myeon Ganghwa-gun Incheon Tel 032 937 0152 Fax 032 232 5450 Website E-mail

Address  63 Dongsan-ri Jinbu-myeon Pyeongchang-gun Gangwon-do Province Tel 033 339 6606 Fax 033 334 6606 Website

Yongjoosa Temple

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Public Transit

Subway Take the subway line No.1 and get off at Byeongjeom Station. After coming out through the rear exit of the station, take a bus No. 34 or 34-1 for about 15 minutes. Bus Suwon Nammun (Suwon South Gate, Paldalmun), Suwon Station; No. 24, 46 Yeongtong (Suwon), Byeongjeom (Hwaseong); No. 34, 34-1 Dongtan, Byeongjeom (Hwaseong);No. 50, 35-1

Private Car

From Suwon: In the direction of Osan 8km Byeongjeom In the direction of Suwon Univ. 3km Yongjoosa -From Suwon Station6km Korea National Open Univ. (Suwon)4km Yunggeon-neung2km Yongjoosa

t. Palgongsan, which is known as a sacred mountain, is dotted with temples and religious sites, and boasts popularity with people who search for spirituality and want to go beyond the limits of the physical world. One of those places frequented not only by Buddhists but also culture-seekers is Donghwasa, a 1500 year old temple full of history, tradition and nature. Donghwasa Templestay takes pride in a wide range of programs including Meditation Practice in Search of My True Self, Meditation in the Monks Stele Field, Meditation by Starlight and Tea Ceremony which you can experience the tea drinking customs. Oriental medicine specialized programs such as making herbal air fresheners are sure to help awaken your body along with your mind. Donghwasa got its name from a legend that flowers of royal foxglove (Paulownia koreana) trees suddenly bloomed in winter when it was reconstructed.

Public Transit

Train Dong-Daegu Station walk (10 min.) Fatima Hospital Express city bus No. 1 (45min.) Donghwasa Bus Seobu Bus Terminal Subway No. 1 (in direction of Ansim) get off at A-yang-gyo Station Express city bus No. 1 (35min.) Donghwasa Bukbu Bus Terminal Take a city bus to Gu (old) Hanil Geukjang Express city bus No. 1 (1 hour ) Donghwasa

Private Car

From Daegu: Daegu-Pohang Express Way Palgongsan IC Bulno-dong (straight) Gongsan Tunnel (straight) Left turn at Baek-an Samgeori (threeway intersection) Youth Training Center (straight) Donghwasa

Address  188 Songsan-dong Hwaseong Gyeonggi-do Province Tel 031 235 6886 Fax 031 234 2818 Website E-mail

Address 35 Dohak-dong Dong-gu Daegu Tel 053 982 0223 Fax 053 985 0223 Website E-mail

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eomeosa was founded in 678 CE by Master Ui-sang as one of the ten temples of Hwaeom Order he established in Korea. Legend has it that at the top of the mountain, where the temple is situated in, there was a well with golden colored water, which never dries up. A goldcolored fish had come down from heaven on the clouds and enjoyed living in the well. From this story, the mountain got its name Geumjeongsan meaning Gold Well Mountain, and the temple Beomeosa, Temple of Heavenly Fish. Beomeosa Templestay is full of Korean monastic practice. Beomeosa Templestay offers a wide array of programs. Whatever you may choose, the essence is the same: to find myself through Templestay. In the clear atmosphere and the natural beauty, you will find yourself shining like a golden fish with the light of your true self.

Public Transit

Subway Busan Subway No. 1 Beomeosa Station, Exit No. 5 or 7 Walk about 5 minutes No. 90 Bus for Beomeosa Beomeosa Bus Take 148, 37, 49-1, 80-1, 90, 301, 50, 50-1, 1002 and get off at Beomeosa stop Walk about 5 minutes No. 90 Bus for Beomeosa Beomeosa

Private Car

From Nopo-dong area: After the Check Point, turn right at the three-way intersection Turn right at the intersection Turn right at the three-way intersection Go straight for about 5 minutes Beomeosa From Namsan-dong area: At the intersection of Beomeosa Subway Station, turn left Turn right at the intersection Go straight for about 5 minutes

ikjisa Temples history spans more than 1,600 years. The name Jikji, which means Pointing directly, comes from an expression in the Seon(Zen) School, Pointing directly to Original Mind. The strong point of the life in Jikjisa is the natural well-being style. The simple and humble temple food and monastic life changes your body and mind naturally and healthily. Jikjisa applies various aspects in running Templestay program. To begin with, its titles are enticing: Slowness, Emptiness and Sharing, I Only Know It Is Sufficient, YandanBeopseok, and Tranquil Templestay for Relaxation. How do they sound to you? Jikjisa Templestay presents you with the chance to put down the stress and find your true self. Through the life in the tranquil and sublime atmosphere, you will be in touch with true freedom which will make you be yourself.

Public Transit

Train (KTX) Gimcheon (Gumi) KTX Station Take a local bus to Jikjisa (No. 11 or 111 bus headed for Jikjisa or transfer to bus No. 11 or 111 at Gimcheon Bus Terminal when using other buses. Train (Saemaeul / Mugunghwa) Gimcheon Station Take a local bus No. 11. or 111 headed for Jikjisa Get off at Jikjisa Bus Terminal Bus Gimcheon Jikjisa Gimcheon Bus Terminal Take a local bus No. 11 or 111 headed for Jikjisa

Private Car

From Seoul: SeoulGyeongbu Expressway Chupungnyeong IC (3 hours) National Road / Route No. 4 (in direction of Gimcheon) Local Road No. 903 Jikjisa

Address  546 Cheongnyong-dong Geumjeong-gu Busan Tel 051 508 5726 Fax 051 508 3229 Website E-mail


Address  216 Unsu-ri Daehang-myeon Gimcheon Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Tel 054 429 1716 Fax 054 436 3174 Website E-mail

Haeinsa Temple

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aeinsa was founded in 802 C.E. under the full support of the Silla royal family with the goal to elucidate the philosophy and thought of the Avatamsaka School (Flower Garland School). During the Joseon Dynasty the Tripitaka Koreana was enshrined in Haeinsa, making this temple the first Dharma Jewel Monastery. The Tripitaka Koreana is a cornerstone of Korean peoples faith. Haeinsa Templestay offers a time and place to meet a thousand year culture. In the harmony of nature and history, it invites a journey of tranquility and awareness. To help your journey of self reflection and finding a way to empty yourself, Haeinsa Templestay advises you to be aware of each moment. Start by trying to find yourself all the time, either while listening to the sound of the Dharma drum or while having conversation over tea.

Public Transit

Train Take the train from your place of origin to Dong-Daegu or Daegu Station, then take Subway line 1 headed for Daegok. Get off at Seongdangmot Station, go to Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal, then take a bus to Haeinsa. (about a one hour and 40 minute ride) Bus From Seoul: Express Bus Terminal Daegu Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal Haeinsa

Private Car

From Masan: Central Region (Jungbu naeryuk) Expressway Dong-Goryeong JC 88 Olympic Expressway Haeinsa IC (about a one and a half hour ride)

unmudo translates literally into the way of doing meditative martial arts. It emphasizes the harmony of body and mind through the awareness of ones breath. It is a traditional Korean Buddhist martial art that traces its origins back over a thousand years. Soft and meditative Qi Gong movements cultivate an awareness of our own internal energies, while leading us towards a greater sensitivity of the external energies flowing all around us. Golgulsa Templestay programs combine Sunmudo with all of the special moments of temple life: the unforgettable tones of early morning chanting; practicing walking meditation as the sun rises in the sky above you; exalting after finishing the 108 prostrations; the pleasure of having a conversation with a Sunmudo master over tea; and the healthy simplicity of temple food.

Public Transit

Bus From Gyeongju Station or Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, take the city bus No. 100 or 150 to Andong Samgeori (three-way junction). The bus ride is about 1 hour. From there, walk about 15 minutes to Golgulsa. Taxi From Gyeongju Station or Gyeongju Bus Terminal, itll take about 50 minutes by taxi.

Private Car

From Gyeongju: take the National Road / Route No.4 and drive for 26km towards Gampo on the east coast. There will be signs for both Golgulsa and Girimsa. At Andong Samgeori (three-way intersection), turn left. After about 500m, you will see the signs for Golgulsa Temple. There will be brown road signs on the right of the road, and a big stone sign with Korean letters on the left. Turn left and pass through the main gate. There is a parking area just inside the temple gate. It takes about thirty

Address  10 Chiin-ri Gaya-myeon Hapcheon-gun Gyeongsangnam-do Province Tel 055 934 3110 Fax 055 934 3109 Website E-mail

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eumsansa Temple is quietly perched in the western foothills of Mt. Moaksan. Like the mountain Gyeryongsan, Mt. Moaksan, so-called Mother Mountain, is the cradle of many different indigenous religions. The mountains shape looks like a mother cradling her baby, just as Mt. Moak embraces Geumsansa Temple. During the Baekje reign of King Beop(599 C.E.), the temple was built to pray for the kings prosperity and good fortune. Later during the reign of Silla King Hyegong(766 C.E.), the Precepts Master Ven. Jinpyo(718752 C.E.) enlarged the temple and established it as the Head Temple for the worship of Maitreya. Maitreya is the future Buddha, who will appear countless eons from now, but to his faithful followers he is a compassionate Buddha who is always with them. Wherever you step in Geumsansa Temple, there are valuable relics and cultural assets.

Public Transit

Train (KTX) Yongsan Station Gimje Station (1 hour 50 minutes)) Bus -From Jeonju Express Bus Terminal Take the bus 79 to Geumsansa (The bus comes every 25 minutes, about 50-minute distance) You are supposed to take a 100-meter walk from the Bus Terminal to the bus stop. -From Gimje Bus Terminal Take the bus No. 5 to Geumsansa (about 50-minute distance) -From Gimje Station Take the bus No. 5 to Geumsansa (about 45-minute distance)

ihwangsa is located at the southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula, on the hillside of Mt. Dalmasan, amidst such picturesque beauty. The location at the end of the land sets this ancient temple apart from others and this is reflected in the Templestay program. Mihwangsa offers its own programs for those weary souls who come so far seeking peace of mind. The morning service is when they encounter another world, which is followed by sitting meditation when they face their own selves. In this way, their spiritual adventure starts at the temple deep in the woods, faraway from their ordinary life. The Main Buddha Hall, in addition to the graceful architectural esthetic, has some interesting features such as tortoises and crabs carved in the corner stones. Inside the hall, there are Sanskrit letters and one thousand Buddhas painted on the ceiling and the cross beams.

Public Transit

Train -Seoul Yongsan Station (Honamseon, Honam Line) Gwangju Station Taxi Gwangju Bus Terminal, take Direct Bus for Haenam Mihwangsa -Seoul Yongsan Station (Honamseon) Naju Station Taxi Naju Bus Terminal, take a bus to Haenam Mihwangsa -Seoul Yongsan Station (Honamseon) Mokpo Station Taxi Mokpo Bus Terminal, take a bus to Haenam Mihwangsa Bus -Seoul Central City Bus Terminal Haenam (5 hours) -Seoul Central City Bus Terminal / Dong-Seoul Bus Terminal Gwangju take Direct Bus for Haenam Mihwangsa

Private Car Private Car

-Take the Honam Expressway, Geumsansa IC Exit Geumsansa IC Wonpyeong Geumsansa (about 5 km, 10 minutes) Address  39 Geumsan-ri Geumsan-myeon Gimje Jeollabuk-do Province Tel 063 542 0048 Fax 063 548 1390 Website E-mail -Take the Seohaean (West Coast) Expressway, West Gimje IC Exit West Gimje IC Gimje Wonpyeong Geumsansa (about 26km, 50 minutes) Address  247 Seojeong-ri Songji-myeon Haenam-gun Jeollanam-do Province Tel 061 533 3521 Fax 061 535 2706 Website E-mail

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he red camellia blooming in spring is one of the signature aspects of the scenery in Seonunsa. The camellia forest around Seonunsa was formed after the initiation of the temple. It has developed into a large forest which surrounds the temple. Seonunsa Temple was built during the reign of Baekje King Wideok(577 C.E.) by Master Geomdan. The villagers near the temple were thieves and displaced people who were not making their living in a righteous way. The master taught them not only the Buddhas teachings but also the way to earn an honest living. He taught them how to make salt. Since then, they have offered their product to the temple every spring and fall, which is called Boeunyum meaning salt of repayment. The hallmark of Seonunsa Templestay is diversity. In addition to recuperation and experiential programs, it offers various colorful activities in accordance with the seasons.

Public Transit

Bus -From Gochang Intercity Bus Terminal, take a direct bus or a local bus to Seonunsa Temple Direct Bus: runs 8 times a day / Local Bus: runs 24 times a day, 30min. 20km -From Gwangju U-Square Bus Terminal, take a direct bus to Seonunsa Temple: runs 4 times a day 1.5 hrs, 72km

Private Car

From Gwangju: Honam Expressway Jangseong-Gochang Expressway Seohaean (West Coast) Expressway, Seonunsa IC Seonunsa Seohaean (West Coast) Expressway, Seonunsa IC Seonunsa

hen you first see Yakchunsa, you will be overwhelmed by its magnificent and exotic atmosphere. You will feel like you are Alice in Wonder Land. Everything, from the entrance lined with statues to the palm trees in the vast court yard, will defy your previously conceived notions about Korean temples. It is totally, really the world of fantasy. The Templestay in this monastery of wonder is categorized into four programs according to the themes; Standard, Buddhist Practice, Buddhist Culture Experience and Native Jeju Life Experience. Activities including picking mandarins in winter and summer, natural dyeing and experiencing the eco-system of Jeju Island are the essence of Yakchunsa Templestay. The Buddhist Culture Experience Templestay offers tea ceremony, calligraphy and yoga, while the Buddhist Practice Templestay has Barugongyang, prostration practice, scripture study, and copying scripture.

Public Transit

Bus From Jeju Airport: Airport Limousine Bus Jeju Airport Yakchunsa, one hour ride, Get off at Yakchunsa From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: Intercity Bus for Jungmun Jeju-Jungmun, 1hour 20 min. Get off at downtown or Jungmun High School From Seogwipo: Take a city bus or intercity bus for Jungmun, get off at Jungmun High School. Walk about 50 m in the direction of Jungmun, then cross the street to meet the road Yakchunsa-gil. Taxi From downtown Jungmun, 10 min. From Jungmun Tourist Complex (Yeomiji Botanical Garden, Lotte Hotel, Silla Hotel), 5 min.

Private Car

Address  500

Samin-ri Asan-myeon Gochang-gun Jeollabuk-do Province Tel 063 561 1375 Website E-mail

Address  1165

Daepo-dong Seoguipo Jeju-do Island Tel 064 738 5000 Fax 064 738 5022 Website E-mail

From Jeju Airport: Pyeonghwa-ro Jungmun Tourist ComplexRoad Sign for Yakchunsa It takes about 5 minutes from the Convention Center of Jungmun Tourist Complex

Resting Peacefully, in the Buddhist temple