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Seoul EDITOR'S PICKS
Seek Inner Peace: Traditional Korean Temple Stays
Leave Seoul to experience the monastic life in Korea's historic Buddhist temples. With their mountainous locations, these temple stays offer a holistic spiritual retreat as you escape to nature and seeking the quiet of temple living. Join the resident monks in their meditations and different activities such as tea ceremonies. Stay in temples such as Geumsunsa Temple, Jeondeungsa Temple, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haeinsa Temple.
Tip: Even foreigners are welcome to stay in these revered temples but there are a few reminders to keep in mind. Temple stay visitors must dress modestly, bring luggage that they can personally carry and respect the monks and their way of life. Public displays and any activities that might disrupt the serenity of the sanctuary must be avoided.

Besides overnight temple stays, half-day or full day weekday programs are also available. Convenient transfers from Seoul are included.
8Activities

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Head to Geumsunsa Temple and discover the world of Korean Buddhism. Enjoy a fun way to learn about temple life as you try your hand at Dancheong painting, making Buddhist rosaries and more.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD100.75

    Weekday
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  2. Experience serenity on this full day retreat away from the metro at Jeondeungsa Temple. Enjoy eating a monastic meal, joining in Seon meditation and taking part in a tea ceremony.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD162.83

    Daily
    8.5 hour(s) (morning)
  3. Discover the cultural heritage of one of the three major Buddhist temples in Korea. Live like a monk for two days and get a glimpse of their journey to enlightenment with this overnight temple stay.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD360.74

    Weekday
    2 day (morning)
  4. Have a taste of monastic life in Haeinsa, one of Korea’s most prominent Buddhist temples. Join monks and take part in their particular practices such as the 108 Prostrations, Seon Meditation and more.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD372.43

    Sat
    2 day (morning)
  5. Experience serenity on a two-day retreat in Geumsunsa Temple. Learn about the monks' lives at the temple as you enjoy a monastic meal, join in Seon meditation and take part in a tea ceremony.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD125.04

    Sat
    (afternoon)
  6. Get to know the thousand-year-old heritage of Korean Buddhism at Geumsunsa temple! Live like a monk and gain first-hand insight into their lifestyle as you take part in temple rituals and ceremonies.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD137.64

    Weekday
    (afternoon)
  7. Get a glimpse into monastery life in Jeondeungsa, one of Korea's significant Buddhist temples. Spend two days living among monks and discover their traditions as you partake in rituals and ceremonies.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD236.59

    Sat
    (afternoon)
  8. Spend the night at one of Korea's major Buddhist temples. Experience the tranquil way of life of monks as you take part in Buddhist ceremonies and stroll around the peaceful temple grounds.
    English Available
    Meal Provided

    USD236.59

    Daily
    (afternoon)