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Heritage Bongseonsa Temple Stay_ Namyangju


Bongseonsa Temple Stay_ Namyangju1
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    32, Bongseonsa-gil, Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

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Bongseonsa is located near the Korea National Arboretum, which has been preserved as a primeval forest. The temple was constructed by royal monk Beobin in 969 during the reign of King Gwangjong of the Goryeo Dynasty. During the Joseon period, King Yejong designated the temple for Gwangneung Royal Tomb and named it “Bongseonsa.” Many Buddhist believers and tourists visit this temple; around July, lotus flowers and water lily at the lotus flower garden near Iljumun Gate make for magnificent scenery. Within the precincts of the temple, the 500-year-old zelkova tree and Korean signboard hanging on the Main Buddha Hall look very impressive.

Left: an entrance of Bongseonsa Temple/ Right: a Buddhist sanctuary in Bongseonsa Temple

The most appealing feature of the Bongseonsa temple stay, which reflects the beautiful traditional culture of the mountain temple and Buddhism, is the “forest walking meditation” following the early morning Buddhist service and Morning offering. The primeval forest segment of Gwangneung Forest, which has been designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is the “Secret Forest” open exclusively to Bongseonsa Temple Stay participants under a business agreement with the Korea National Arboretum. Participants can have a special time with nature as they reflect on themselves while taking a stroll in the forest. 



Walking medication in the “Secret Forest”


Gwangneung Forest has been designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which is not open to the general public but admission to which is allowed under the guidance of a monk. While walking on forest paths that have not been frequented by many people, meet your inner self surrounded by nature.

Participants of temple stay listening to a monk's guide in the Gwangneung Forest.

Tea time with monks


Things that you wanted to say but could not tell anyone ‒ now, you can share them over a cup of tea.


Bell-striking experience


The Buddhist bell sound can be heard during the morning and evening Buddhist service, and it carries the meaning of burying the world’s anguish and pain. Bell striking offers a special experience of personally feeling the reverberation of the bell.


Zen meditation


Zen meditation means immersing oneself in one’s inner world; it is a process of awakening the self, a central practice of Korean Buddhism.

People meditating in a temple sitting on the floor in front of a monk.

Ullyeok (Communal work)

Ullyeok offers time to forget worldly worries while cleaning the rooms and surrounding areas of Bongseonsa Temple during the temple stay period. 

108 times’ repentance

Bowing means lowering the self that is filled with self-pride and exalting others who have the nature of Buddha. Repent by offering each bow and yearn for a new start by dissipating 108 worldly desires. Bowing is a concrete action of repentance, which is the most important part of Buddhist practice. Since you can contain newness when you empty yourself, each moment of bowing will offer time to experience the nature of Buddha in a state of non-thinking. 

Making a Buddhist rosary

Threading each bead with great care as if stringing one’s own wishes offers time for training the mind. 

Lotus leaf rice experience

Each participant makes steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaves using the prepared grain rice and various garnishes. Reflect on the mental state of an ascetic while enjoying Korean traditional temple food made of natural ingredients.