01 Myogaksa Temple
Located east of Naksan Mountain, Myogaksa Temple has been operating its Temple Stay programs since 2002. Myogaksa sees a growing number of foreign visitors and Temple Stay participants every year. Here, you can choose to stay for one day, two days and a night, or a specific program that lasts up to ten nights.
02 Jogyesa Temple
The head temple of the Jogye order in Korean Buddhism is Jogyesa Temple, located in the heart of the city in Insadong. The temple grounds are surrounded by urban buildings, a great escape from the big city for both locals and foreign tourists and convenient to visit. It is specially packed with visitors during the Lotus Lantern Festival when the entire courtyard is embellished with paper lanterns.
03 International Seon Center Temple
The International Seon Center offers a global temple stay program to both local residents and foreign visitors. The Seon Center offers a variety of different Temple Stay programs that you can choose from. It also offers meditation classes, culture classes, and temple food lectures.
04 Bongeunsa Temple
This 1,200-year-old temple in Samseong-dong, Gangnam was the head temple for Seon Buddhism during the harsh oppression of Buddhism by the Confucian-favoring Joseon Dynasty. You may think that most temples are located in the secluded countryside, but Bongeunsa has mass appeal as it is set against the backdrop of the modern skyline with Gangnam’s towering skyscrapers and flashing lights.
05 Geumsunsa Temple
Geumsunsa is located in the north of Seoul and belongs to the Jogye Order. Thriving with over 600 years of history, this venue is one of the largest Buddhist temple complexes in Korea and literally means ‘golden mountain temple.’ It features a three-story building called Mireukjeon that contains the world’s largest indoor statue, which stands at 11.82 meters.
06 Gilsangsa Temple
Gilsangsa Temple is situated on the southern side of Samgak Mountain in northern Seoul. First registered in 1995, some of the buildings have been remodeled though most still preserve their original state. Many people frequent the temple as it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul. It also serves as a downtown cultural space, offering many programs like classes on Buddhist teachings, temple experience, and temple stay.
07 Haeinsa Temple
Located in Gayasan Mountain, Haesina Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Korea because of its collection of over 81,258 tablets containing Buddhist writings, known as the Palmandae janggyeong (Tripitaka Koreana). Haeinsa offers a regular two-day one-night Temple Stay program, a no-limit period freestyle program, and a five-day and four-night training program during the summers.
08 Yakchunsa Temple
The Halla Mountain acts as the backdrop to the Yakchunsa Temple, which boasts the architectural style of the early Joseon Dynasty. With a total land area of 3,305 m², the Yakchunsa temple is one of the largest temples in the East. The springwater of Yakchunsa has legends of quenching thirst and curing illnesses to those who drink it, and is considered a treasured part of the community. The temple offers three different kinds of Temple Stay programs – a two-day one-night program, a one-day program which focuses on the daily life within the Korean temple, and a relaxation program.
09 Bulguksa Temple
Bulguksa Temple is home to many important cultural relics. The Temple Stay program offered at Bulguksa allows participants to learn about Buddhist culture during Korea’s Silla Kingdom. Here, you can participate in activities such as morning chanting, Chameseon (Zen Meditation), Dado (Tea Ceremony), and tours around the historical pagodas of the temple.