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Templestay Korea: Geumsunsa (Mountain Temple in Seoul)

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$27 USD

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Daily Temple Stay: Mon-Fri 10:00am
Experiential Temple Stay: Sat-Sun 2:30pm
Relaxation Temple Stay: Mon-Fri 2:30pm

Minimum Pax

1 Person

Duration

3 hours

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5 days in advance

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Overview

Get away from the busy city life and visit a spiritual oasis in the heart of Seoul.


Are you sick and tired of the busy modern life with all the hassle? Try this templestay package where you can relax and experience the simple ways of a Buddhist monk at a beautiful Korean temple in the mountains. With this templestay experience, you can rest your body and soul at the peaceful Geumsunsa Temple where over 600 years of history thrives.

Various programs are available for you to try such as Seon (zen) meditation, 108 prostrations, dado (tea ceremony), making lotus lanterns or prayer beads, cooking and trying traditional snacks and meals, and more. All meals provided are vegetarian and are made from ingredients gathered from nature.

[Geumsunsa]
Geumsunsa is a mountain temple located in Bukhansan National Park in the middle of Seoul City away from the cosmopolitan downtown area. With over 600 years of history, Geumsunsa is a beautiful temple with a story to tell. According to a legend, Ven. Nongsan of Geumsunsa Temple prayed in the Mokjeonggul cave near the temple for 300 days to ask for a prince for King Jeongjo. When Ven. Nongsan died, he was reincarnated as the king's son who became Sunjo, the 23rd king of Joseon Dynasty. Mokjeonggul cave is still visited by many to this day for this reason.



Itinerary

Option 1) Daily Templestay Program (Mon-Fri, 3 hours): $27 USD
10:00am~11:00amOrientation & temple tour
11:00am~12:00pmMaking crafts (Lotus lanterns or Buddhist prayer beads)
or practicing Buddhist ritual (Seon meditation or 108 prostrations)
12:00pm~12:30pmLunch
(All-vegetarian meal)
12:30pm~1:00pmClosing

Join a 3 hour program on the weekdays and Saturdays for various participatory activities to experience Buddhist culture and traditions.

*Activities (crafts making or Buddhist ritual practicing) will be assigned to you on the day depending on the situation.
- Making a lotus lantern or Buddhist prayer beads
- Practicing Seon (zen) meditation or 108 prostrations

What to bring:
- Socks (mandatory to wear socks inside the main Buddha Hall)
- Hiking boots, decent walking shoes or sneakers for walking in the mountains

*Remarks:
1. Uniforms are not provided for Daily Templestay participants.
2. The maximum number of participants for this program is 20.
3. No specific age restrictions exist.
4. Children under 5 years old are free of charge.

Option 2) Experimental Templestay Program (Sat & Sun, 2D1N): $55 USD
Day 1
2:30pm~3:00pmArrival & registration
3:30pm~4:00pmOrientation about temple manners
4:00pm~5:00pmTemple tour
5:30~6:10pmDinner
(All-vegetarian meal)
6:10pm~6:50pmEvening Yebul
(Buddhist chanting ceremony)
6:50pm~7:20pm Practice 108 prostrations
7:30pm~8:00pmSeon (Zen) Meditation
8:00pm~9:00pmMaking crafts (Lotus lantern or Buddhist prayer beads)
9:00pm~4:30amSleep
Day 2
4:30am~5:00amWake up & wash
5:00am~5:30amMorning Yebul (Buddhist chanting ceremony)
6:40am~7:20am Baru Gongyang (Monoastic meal offering)
7:20am~8:00amUllyeok (Communal work)
8:50am~9:50amMeditation in the forest
10:00am~11:00amConversation with the monk
11:00am~12:00pmClosing

Join this program for 2 days and 1 night to experience Buddhist culture and traditions through various activities such as making crafts and practicing meditations and 108 prostrations.

*All meals are vegetarian.
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather/temple conditions.

What to bring:
- Toiletries
- An individual water bottle
- Comfortable and loose clothes for sleeping, extra t-shirts, sneakers, and socks
*Please wear respectable clothes - no sleeveless shirt, shorts, short skirts, or flip-flops.
*A uniform (a vest and pants) will be provided during your stay.

*Remarks:
1. Room arrangements: You will share a big room together with other participants of the same gender (separate rooms for men and women).
2. The maximum number of participants for this program is 30.
3. You need to be 16 years old or older in order to participate in this program.
4. Please keep noble silence during your stay and refrain from making loud noises and using cell phones.

Option 3) Relaxation Templestay Program: (Mon-Fri, 2D1N) $64 USD
Day 1
2:30pm~3:00pmArrival & registration
3:30pm~4:00pmOrientation about temple manners
4:00pm~6:00pmSelf-organized free time
6:00~6:30pmDinner
(All-vegetarian meal)
7:00pm~4:30amSelf-organized free time and sleep
Day 2
4:30am~5:00amWake up & wash
5:00am~5:20amMorning Yebul (Buddhist chanting ceremony)
6:30am~7:00am Breakfast
(All-vegetarian meal)
7:30am~11:00amSelf-organized free time
11:00am~12:00pmClosing

Join this program for a relaxing stay at Geumsunsa Temple for 2 days and 1 night. No specific experiences are provided in this program but you can attend Yebul (Buddhist chanting ceremony), have conversations with the monks (sunim) about Buddhism/your concerns or go trekking in Bukhansan Mountain.

*During the self-organized free time, you can talk or ask about Buddhism with the monks (sunim), go trekking in the mountains or simply take a nice rest.
*All meals are vegetarian.
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather/temple conditions.

What to bring:
- Toiletries
- An individual water bottle
- Comfortable and loose clothes for sleeping, extra t-shirts, sneakers, and socks
*Please wear respectable clothes - no sleeveless shirt, shorts, short skirts, or flip-flops.
*A uniform (a vest and pants) will be provided during your stay.

*Remarks:
1. Room arrangements: You will have to share a studio type room with up to 3 people (separate rooms for men and women).
2. This program does not have a fixed schedule except for the meal times. During the self-organized free time, you can talk or ask about Buddhism with the monk (sunim), go trekking in the mountains or simply take a nice rest.
3. Please keep noble silence during your stay and refrain from making loud noises and using cell phones.
4. The maximum number of participants for this program is 4.
5. No specific age restrictions exist.
6. Children under 5 years old are free of charge.

How to book

1. Complete your booking.
2. Check your email.
3. Enjoy it.

Please
keep in mind

1. No smoking, alcohol or public display of affections are allowed.
2. No music, dancing or singing are allowed. Please refrain from making loud noises during your stay.
3. Please wear respectful and appropriate clothing (no shorts/short skirts, sleeveless/halter tops, etc.).
4. Please respect the temple regulations for the programs.
5. The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather/temple conditions on the reserved date.
6. If you wish to stay more than 2 days and 1 night, please inquire us at inquiry@trazy.com.
7. Please understand that the location and the facilities of Geumsunsa are not disability-friendly.

Cancellation
policy

3 days before the reserved date (until 18:00): 100% refund.
2 days before the reserved date (until 18:00): 50% refund.
1 day before the reserved date or less: Non-refundable.

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