By: John Redmond
International and local visitors are invited to experience life in Buddhist temples from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1.
Guests can experience Buddhist culture during Templestay Week for two days and one night at a beautiful temple, and gather a better understanding of an age-old component of Korea’s heritage.
Over 40 temples will participate. Among them are Hongbeopsa in Busan, Guinsa in Danyang, Banyasa in Yeongdong, North Chungcheong Province, Seogwangsa in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, Sinheungsa in Sokcho, Woljeongsa in Pyeongchang, Samwunsa in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, and Jeungsimsa in Gwangju.
The five temples in North Gyeongsang Province are Jikjisa, Yonghwasa, Eunhaesa, Golgulsa and Chukseosa.
Participating temples in Seoul are Jogyesa in Jongno-gu, Jinkwansa in Eunpyeong-gu, Bongeunsa in Gangnam-gu and Myogaksa in Jongno-gu.
South Jeolla Province will have 10 temples, including Bulgapsa, Songgwangsa, Heungguksa, Daeheungsa, Hwaeomsa, Mihwangsa, Baekyangsa and Hwaeomsa.
Jeondeungsa in Incheon and Seonunsa, Naesosa and Geumsansa in North Jeolla Province are also participating.
The cost of the Templestay program is 10,000 won for the one-night, two-day option, or 5,000 won daily.
The reservation period ends at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18, or earlier if the maximum number of participants (10,000) is reached. For information, go to http://fall.templestay.com/.