Program & Schedule
If you have ever been interested in ancient Buddhist practices or have had a keen sense of curiosity about Korean culture, then this is the ideal program for you. Don’t even bother to worry about what you do or don’t know, or what you may or may not practice. Put all of those concerns aside, because this experience is geared toward the inquisitive novice who may want to do some introspection or reflection, and it is open to absolutely anyone who wants to know more about Buddhism’s philosophical teachings, specific comportment and the like.
Upon your arrival at the temple, you will be taken on a tour and given a sort of “temple makeover”, that even includes the clothes you will wear during your stay. It is super important that even during your free time, you are not wearing clothing that might be considered offensive or inappropriate. Modesty is the best policy while in the Temple!
You will be shown to your sleeping area, where you will get your first look at your authentic and very typical Korean style mattress on the floor. To put your mind at ease, there will also be a time designated to talk about the proper etiquette to be exercised while on the grounds. The intention is to provide information which will ensure that appropriate respect for the temple, monks and Buddhist practices are maintained and that you can rest assured that you aren’t walking around with a foot in your mouth.
During your stay, you may find a new appreciation for peace and serenity or have a more spiritual awakening. This is a lovely place with an amazing nature backdrop, where you can really find your chill zone and limit outside distractions. One of the great things will be you ability to get still and focus. There will be calm and soothing interactions, no loud talking or music. Sometimes the only things you will hear are your own inner thoughts. Feel free not to answer them out loud though!
As a participant in the Temple stay, you will have a unique opportunity to learn and engage in Zen meditative practices, as demonstrated by monks. These will include seated meditations and walking meditations called Chamseon. You will likely observe Yebul, which is a ceremonial service where prostrations are performed, as it is practiced three times daily. Early in the day after morning chants there may be a time where a formal monastic meal called Barugongyang is partaken. For those who love tea and have a particular fascination with the complexity of its preparation and service, there is also the tea ceremony of Dado. Other activities you will enjoy during your experiential temple stay might include: vegetarian cooking, making wish lanterns, painting wood blocks, or threading prayer beads.
Aims & Objectives
- Provide an in-depth cultural experience centered on Buddhist practices
- Gain greater insight into the customs, history and culture of South Korea
- Learn about meditation and the benefits of regular practice
- Upon arrival, Temple tour, Temple clothes and Temple etiquette info will be provided
Monday to Friday
- 04:30 Wake up
- Early morning chanting ceremony
- Breakfast offering
- Walking meditation in forested area of the temple
- Make wooden saucers
- Make temple foods and Takbal offering
- Free time
- Meditation hour
- Striking Temple Bell
- Tea ceremony (as scheduled, may not happen daily)
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
With a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and nature, you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of this Buddhist Monastery located in Daegu. Since you will be only 20-30 minutes away from the city center by public transport, literally everything is accessible.
Peace and tranquility are two words that come to mind when envisioning the accommodation at this location. Wrapped in nature, your temple stay in Daegu will be calming and rejuvenating. The grounds of this monastery are are beautiful and the views are stunning. You will enjoy a Standard Room with simple sleeping quarters similar to the monks, with a Korean style mattress on the floor. This program provides you with an opportunity to get back to the basics and focus on the things that matter within.
Meals are prepared onsite and would consist of typical Korean dishes, which will likely be vegetarian. Water is available all day.
This Buddhist Monastery is located in a rural setting but it is easily accessible to all amenities within a 20-30 minute local bus ride to the city center. A mini-mart and coffee shop are within walking distance.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
The main sights in this area are nature related and include Palgongsan mountain. The temple stay is located on the south side and this location is picturesque enough to quell any feelings of restlessness or hyperactivity. The serene atmosphere will calm your mind, body and spirit. Whenever you are ready to return to the fast pace, just hop on a local bus to the city center and you are there in no time at all!
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of Korea
Population: 51.4 mil
Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
Time zone: KST (UTC +9)
South Korea is a sovereign state within East Asia. It shares a highly fortified border and demilitarized zone to the north with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), which pretty much depicts the contentious relationship shared by both Korea’s. Threats of war between the two entities have resulted in outside alliances on both sides that serve to maintain separation and make the possibility of reconciliation unlikely at this time. South Korea is a country that values it ancient traditions and history, but is also a burgeoning tech savvy industrialized nation, which currently has Asia’s third largest economy. It is governed by a fairly liberal, albeit flawed democratic government, with a constitution which guarantees substantial participation, freedoms and benefits, including universal healthcare to its people. For many, life in South Korea is good because its workforce has a high level of education and skill, which helps it maintain a leadership position in the region. Education in South Korea is very serious business. It is extremely competitive and students are pushed to the highest levels of academic excellence, which may also contribute to a high level of stress among students 10-19 years of age who are focused on admissions to prestigious universities.
Temperatures can vary depending on whether you are in the mountainous or coastal areas of South Korea and they have all four distinct seasons throughout the year. You can expect winters that can be frigid, and very warm summers, which are also host to the rainy season known as Jangma.
Korean culture is based on ancient tradition with a strong focus on the family unit. Many aspects of daily life were greatly influenced by Japan and China and the country has moved forward in a way that has allowed it to move from a once underdeveloped country to one with a strong economy. Patriarchy is still alive and well, with specific gender roles and educational opportunities still providing men with preferential treatment, even though the constitution guarantees equality for both men and women. Marriage is very much expected and although divorce is frowned upon, it is becoming more common. Ancient customs coupled with the integration of new standards and technology are reshaping life in this country. Freedom of religion is enjoyed in South Korea, with major practices of Buddhism and Christianity. Korean Confucianism is not actually an organized religion, as much as it is a philosophical practice that sets the moral tone for most of the country. More than half of the country recognize it as a great influence, even though they may not claim any religious affiliation.
Food is an important component to the culture of South Korea. Meals are generally rice based and include side elements of fish, meat or vegetables. Noodles and tofu are often components of a typical plate. One of the typical dishes one might find at a local restaurant or market is Kimchi. It is the national dish and is made from fermented vegetables, often cabbage and usually spicy. Another dish you might want to try is Bulgogi, it is a Korean specialty made with marinated beef that is grilled to perfection. The cuisine of the country is emerging as a favorite amongst other countries and it is pretty easy to find Korean BBQ just about everywhere you go.