“Temple Stay, a Unique Self-Healing Travel in Korea”
Q. Why Should You Enjoy Temple Stay in Gyeonggi-do?
A. “Temple Stay” is a special program for tourists who want to focus on their own well-being and meditation rather than traveling through the hustle and bustle of popular attractions. Visitors can learn not only traditional Korean Buddhist life style, but also diverse temple cuisine. Gyeonggi-do Province offers diverse temple stay programs that can fit any tourist preferences. Temple stay will no doubt deliver special experiences to you.
#1. Recreational Temple Stay at Yongmunsa Temple
The 11-centuries-old Yongmunsa Temple in Yangpyeong provides both experience and recreational temple stay programs. Experience temple stay is available on weekends only, but the recreational program is available year-round.
Participants wear temple uniforms and learn temple etiquette. By learning temple customs including Hapjang (joining palms together), participants learn to collect their scattered thoughts for tranquility. The “Hour to Awaken Myself” program enables participants to find their true selves by writing a letter to them. Participants are also exposed to other diverse temple customs including worshipping at dawn, Zen meditation, Baru Gongyang (Zen meal), and Dado (tea ceremony). The hour of meditation at dawn will offer a moment of inner tranquility, free from all worldly, distracting thoughts.
Spending a day in a temple is like taking a slow step. The hour of “slow” is a short, but long journey to find one’s true self. Temple stay helps you dust off your mind and find your true self. It’s a special program for enjoying the beauty of nature and reflecting in the form of peaceful recreation.
|Address||782, Yongmunsan-ro, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do|
|For Inquiries||82-31-775-5797 (www.yongmunsa.org)|
|Hours||14:00 – 12:30 (next day)|
|Admission Fees||50,000 won for two days and one night|
#2. Diet Temple Stay at Yukjijangsa Temple
Located an hour from Gwanghwamun, Seoul, the Yukjijangsa Temple in Yangju offers diverse temple stays from recreational to experience and diet programs. Among those programs, the experience-type health temple stay program is operated mainly in the summer vacation season. The program relies on various ways to help fight against obesity (e.g., meditation, Zen meal, Zen tea, meridian massage) and stimulate blood circulation through moxibustion, contributing to strengthening internal body organs and glands. In particular, meridian massage and moxibustion using various natural medicinal herbs are effective for brain stimulation and skin therapy and wildly popular among female participants.
|Address||190, Gisan-ro 471 beon-gil, Baekseok-eup, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do|
|For inquiries||82-31-871-0101 (http://www.yukjijangsa.org/)|
|Hours||every Wednesday to Sunday|
|Admission Fees||Recreational or Experience Program: 60,000 won for two days and one night and 120,000 won for three days and two nights
Fasting Diet: 150,000 won for three days and two nights and 210,000 won for four days and three nights
#3. Temple Stay at Sudosa Temple for Temple Cuisine
Located in Poseung-myeon, Pyeongtaek, Sudosa Temple offers temple stay programs centered on major parts of Buddhist culture: how to make temple food, how to nurture wild medicinal herbs (used for temple food), and how to pick them. The focus of the temple cuisine program changes seasonally from spring herbs in spring to cold soups and traditional drinks in summer, tofu in fall, and soybeans in winter. Free from the bustle of everyday life, participants learn how to make temple food and nurture an herbal garden, refreshing their minds and bodies. In doing so, participants can appreciate the important of nature.
|Address||58, Hoam-gil, Poseung-eup, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do|
|For Inquiries||82-31-682-3169 (http://www.sudosa.co.kr/)|
|Hours||16:00 (Saturday) to 14:00 (Sunday)|
|Admission Fees||60,000 won for adults and 50,000 won for minors
* Recreational Program without Temple Cuisine: 40,000 won for adults and minors
[One Day Experience Program: Learning Temple Cuisine]
|Hours||8:00 to 15:00, every Sunday|
|Admission Fees||50,000 won for adults and minors|
#4. Yongjusa Temple for Respecs Parents
The name of the Yongjusa Temple in Hwaseong originates from the dragon carrying a magic orb to the sky. The temple is known for its emphasis on Buddhist mercy and respect for one’s parents. As such, the temple operates the “Paying Back Gratitude to Parents” program. The program lets participants learn ten blessings of their parents and reflect on their relationship with parents, rekindling their affection for parents.
The program also covers worshipping, Baru Gongyang (Zen meal), 108 bows, Zen meditation, and Dado (tea ceremony). Worshipping is practiced three times a day from morning to night, bowing to Buddha and disciples of Buddhism with respect; Baru Gongyang is a traditional meal served in Korean temples (Baru referring to a small bowl while Gongyang means a meal in a temple). 108 bows is a way to empty one’s inner agony. Repeated bows in the process lead to purity and tranquility of mind and body. Zen meditation as a way of religious meditation helps participants learn how to collect their thoughts and control their minds. Dado concerns procedures related to drinking tea. Participants learn how to concentrate their minds when boiling tea.
|Address||136, Yongju-ro, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do|
|For Inquiries||82-31-235-6886 (http://www.yongjoosa.or.kr)|
|Hours||14:00 (Saturday) to 11:00 (Sunday)|
|Admission Fees||50,000 won|