[Limited Offer] Korean Templestay: Geumsunsa

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Get to experience Buddhist monk's life in Seoul

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  • Limited offer: Join Rest-oriented Templestay to get a free gift set and coloring book during 2019 Korea Grand Sale period (with 20 sets available)!
  • Rest your body and soul at the peaceful Geumsunsa temple which is over 600 years old
  • Enjoy various activities of Korean Buddhist culture and traditions, like crafts and meditation
  • The setting and tranquility provide authentic relaxation in and around the temple
  • Several programs to choose depending on your own interests and time from 3 hours to a 1 night stay
Most Recent Review

  • Mark Jon 10 Feb 2019
    A very eye-opening experience. I feel so blessed to gain an insight into Buddhism and the life these monks lead. The temple is very beautiful and peaceful. Just enjoy all the activities even though it is very physically demanding (the hike to the temple is already tiring).

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  • [Korea Grand Sale Limited Offer] Rest-oriented Templestay

    Package Details
    • Available daily from 19 Jan to 28 Feb

    Inclusive Of:

    • 2 days 1 night experience
    • Orientation and temple tour
    • Buddhist ceremony
    • Dinner on the 1st day and breakfast on the 2nd day
    • Accommodation
    • Uniform (a vest and pants)
    • A gift set (spoon, chopsticks and coloring book)

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Personal expenses
    • Transportation

    US$ 62.15

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    Package Details
    • Available daily from 19 Jan to 28 Feb

    Inclusive Of:

    • 2 days 1 night experience
    • Orientation and temple tour
    • Buddhist ceremony
    • Dinner on the 1st day and breakfast on the 2nd day
    • Accommodation
    • Uniform (a vest and pants)
    • A gift set (spoon, chopsticks and coloring book)

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Personal expenses
    • Transportation
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What To Expect

Geumsunsa is a 600 years old temple, and is the perfect, tranquil getaway from busy life in the heart of Seoul. You will be able to rest your body and soul as you enjoy various traditional Korean Buddhist cultural activities. Apart from practicing meditation, you'll also make crafts or be given the option to choose your own schedule if you so wish. You will be able to participate in meditation, traditional ceremonies such as chanting ceremonies and even a tea ceremony with a monk. The best thing about this journey is that you have the option to choose whether to visit just for the day or to stay overnight for a day or more. A myriad of activities are available for you to choose from as you learn more about the Buddhist culture in South Korea with a unique temple experience.

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Meditate and experience tranquil activities at Geumsunsa temple
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Try your hand at cultural crafts in the temple
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Choose a 3 hour visit or stay for 2 days and 1 night for the ultimate tranquil experience
Geumsunsa free gift set
Receive a set of spoon, chopsticks and coloring book when you join the Rest-oriented Templestay from 19 Jan-28 Feb 2019!
Activity Information
Confirmation

Confirmation:

  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
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Itinerary:

Daily Templestay (Weekdays: 3 hour program)
  • 10:00am-11:00am orientation & temple tour
  • 11:00am-12:00pm making crafts (Buddhist prayer beads or lotus lantern) or practice (108 prostrations or meditations)
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm making crafts or practice
Experiential Templestay (Weekends: 2D1N)
  • Day 1
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm arrival and registration
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm orientation
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm temple tour
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm making Buddhist crafts
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm dinner
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Evening Buddhist Ceremony & 108 prostrations
  • 8:10pm-9:00pm Seon Meditation
  • 9:00pm sleep (room arrangement: shared room, men and women seperately)
  • Day 2
  • 4:30am wake up
  • 5:00am-5:40am Morning Buddhist Chanting Ceremony & morning meditation
  • 6:45am-7:30am Baru Gongyang (monastic meal offering)
  • 7:30am-8:10am Ulryeok (Communal Work)
  • 8:10am-9:00am meditation in the forest
  • 10:00am-11:00am Tea Ceremony with the monk
  • 11:00am end
Relaxation Templestay (Weekdays: 2D1N or more)
  • Day 1
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm arrival and registration
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm orientation & temple tour
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm free time
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm dinner
  • 7:00pm-7:20pm Evening Buddhist Ceremony
  • 7:20pm-9:00pm free time
  • 9:00pm sleep (private room, men and women sleep separately)
  • Day 2
  • 4:30am wake up
  • 5:00am-5:20am Morning Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
  • 6:30am-7:00am breakfast
  • 7:00am-12:00pm free time
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm lunch
  • 1:00pm end
Rest-oriented Templestay (19 Jan-28 Feb 2019: 2D1N or more)
  • Day 1
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm arrival and registration
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm orientation
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm temple tour
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm dinner
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm Evening Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
  • 7:00pm-4:30am free time and sleep (private room, men and women sleep separately)
  • Day 2
  • 4:30am wake up
  • 5:00am-5:20am Mornning Buddhist Chanting Ceremony
  • 5:20am-7:00am free time
  • 7:00am-7:30am breakfast
  • 7:30am-8:30am free time
  • 8:30am-9:00am meditation in the forest
  • 9:00am-10:00am Tea Ceremony with the monk
  • 11:00am-12:00pm end
Itinerary

Schedule Guide:

  • This schedule is for reference only and is subjected to the weather or temple situation
  • For Daily Templestay, participants can change the programs to what you want to experience
  • For Relaxation Templestay, you can do whatever you would like to such as talking or asking about buddhism and meditation or simply take a rest, etc. The schedule is up to you except fixed meal time
  • For Relaxation Templestay and Rest-oriented Templestay, please contact us if you would wish to stay more than 2 days and 1 night
Insider Tips

What To Bring:

  • Daily Templestay:
  • Socks (it is mandatory to wear socks inside the main Buddha Hall)
  • Decent walking shoes or sneakers for walking
  • Experiential Templestay, Relaxation Templestay, and Rest-oriented Templestay:
  • Toiletries
  • A personal water bottle
  • Loose clothes for sleeping
  • An extra t-shirt
  • Sneakers and socks
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Children aged 0-15 are not permitted to join the Experiential Templestay. There is no age limit for the other three programs
  • Free for children aged 0-8
  • For Daily Templestay, there is a maximum of 20 participants
  • For Experiential Templestay there is a maximum of 25 participants
  • For Relaxation Templestay, there is a maximum of 10 participants
  • All meals are vegetarian
  • Alcohol, smoking, public affection, music, dancing and singing are not permitted
  • Be reminded to abide by the Temple's rules and regulations and maintain the noble silence during your stay
  • Dress code: sleeveless shirts, shorts or flip-flops are not recommended

2019 Korea Grand Sale Limited Offer

  • From 19 Jan-28 Feb 2019, participants of the Rest-oriented Templestay will receive a free gift set comprising of a spoon, chopsticks, and a coloring book. 20 sets in total will be made available. Distribution of gift sets will follow a first come, first served basis depending on the customer's booking time
  • Participants can collect the gifts upon arriving at the temple
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified

Address:

  • 196-2, Gugidong, Jongnogu, Seoul, South Korea

How To Get There:

  • By Subway & Bus: Take line 3 and get off at Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) Station. Get out from Exit 3 and walk straight forward about 70m to the bus stop. Take the green bus No. 7212 at the bus stop. Get off at the bus stop Yibukodochung (이북오도청) after 20 minute ride. Walk up along the main road to the north for about 20 minutes. On the 500 meter mark, you'll see stairs of about 200 meters near the temple. There are streetpoles with the sign Geumsunsa (금선사)
  • By taxi: Tell the driver to drop you off at Geumsunsa (금선사). If the driver doesn't know then tell him the direction to Yibukodochung (이북오도청)
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (7) 4.4
  • Mark Jon 10 Feb 2019
    A very eye-opening experience. I feel so blessed to gain an insight into Buddhism and the life these monks lead. The temple is very beautiful and peaceful. Just enjoy all the activities even though it is very physically demanding (the hike to the temple is already tiring).
  • Sixuan 2 Dec 2017
    Please take into consideration a small hike up the mountain in order to reach the temple. apart from that, everything was well planned and executed. The facilities were clean and comfortable.
  • Kathleen Mae 17 Nov 2017
    Really long hike up the mountain so be ready. Stay was very short, had tea with a monk, toured the temple, did some crafts and finally had lunch. Staff were friendly and booking was easy.
  • Cherry Chris 10 Nov 2017
    It was a good place to stay for a day away from the metro. The place was serene and the monks and staff were very friendly and accommodating. The view was spectacular and you can hike to one of the mountain's peak for another adventure once you're done with the templestay.
  • Alan 11 Jun 2017
    I stay here 1 night to enjoyed various activities of Korean Buddhist culture and traditions, like crafts and meditation. Good place!
  • Abigail 26 May 2017
    Geumsunsa temple have a long history. We feel very relax here.
  • Ian 24 May 2017
    If you be tired for city or work, i think you can go here to relax your soul and body.
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