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24/7 Ramen Shop with NO EMPLOYEES | 무인라면카페

In Korea there are thousands of stores that sell ramen. In fact, many larger convenience stores will let you cook the ramen there after you purchase it. But only a few stores in Korea do all of this without a single employee, and are open 24/7. We went to one of those places and gave our own review.

This video was not sponsored. We simply wanted to eat ramen and thought the concept sounded cool. But should you visit there? That's up to you.

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Templestay – Myogaksa Temple (Seoul)

The Templestay Program at Myogaksa Temple in Seoul. (Picture Courtesy of the Templestay Website).

Introduction to Temple

Myogaksa Temple is located in downtown Seoul in Jongno-gu. And it’s situated at the base of Mt. Naksan, so you get a great view of the entire city of Seoul. Myogaksa Temple is a relatively newer temple. Myogaksa Temple was first established in 1930 by Taeheo. The reason that he built the temple where he did, and according to geomancy, was to put the city of Seoul at ease. The temple grounds themselves are rather small; however, the temple buildings are beautifully arranged both among themselves and with nature. The true highlight to this temple is the beautifully carved image of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion).

Myogaksa Temple provides an afternoon Templestay program. This program, entitled Where is Your Mind?, focuses on a temple tour, meditation, and a tea ceremony. It’s a perfect blend of experiencing a Korean temple while also enjoying a bit of relaxation.


First, you’ll need to get to the Dongmyo Ap station on line 1 and 6. Go out exit #2 and turn left. Walk down the street for about 50 metres. From here, you’ll see a sign pointing you towards Myogaksa Temple. Look for the T-World store along the way. Turn left from here. Walk up the hill to the first intersection. Along the way, you’ll see a small supermarket. You’ll need to turn right at the intersection. Keep heading straight from here until you arrive at Myogaksa Temple.

Templestay Program

Myogaksa Temple provides just one Templestay program at their temple. It’s a two hour program entitled Where is Your Mind?, which focuses on relaxation and meditation. Here is their program:

14:00-14:40Orientation/Temple Tour
14:40-15:00Short Meditation
15:00-16:00Tea Ceremony

(The schedule may be subject to change)

The facilities at Myogaksa Temple in Seoul. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).
And more of the facilities at Myogaksa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

Temple Information

Address: 31 Jong-no, 63 ga-gil, Jong-no-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Tel: 82-2-763-3109

E-mail: [email protected]


Where is Your Mind? Program – adults – 20,000 won; students (up to 18 years old) – 15,000 won

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 2 days before: 50% refund; 1 day before: 0% refund.


Reservations for the Where is Your Mind? Program

Enjoying the Templestay program at Myogaksa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri – 산해리 오층모전석탑 (Yeongyang, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri.

The History and Design of the Brick Pagoda

The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri is located in a small farming village known as Bonggam in Yeongyang, Gyeongsangbuk-do. The pagoda is beautifully placed next to a meandering stream, and it’s believed that the pagoda once stood at a temple from Unified Silla (668-935 A.D.) that has long since disappeared. In fact, very little is known about the pagoda and the temple, and even less is written about it. There are simply no historical records or stories about this former temple. It isn’t until the 1930’s, and through Kyouichi Ariyama’s work, that the Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri becomes known. However, researchers do know that a temple once existed alongside the brick pagoda on this land because of the roof tiles and ceramics found scattered around the grounds.

The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri, which is also known as the Bonggam Five-Story Stone Pagoda because of the village where it’s located. The brick pagoda stands five stories in height. And the five-story structure stands atop a single-tier foundation. This foundation is made up of about 10 large rectangular stones. And the platform on which it stands is made simply of dirt and gravel. The body and the roof of the pagoda are made of stones cut to look like bricks. The first story has a niche that’s complete with a frame for a door. Previously, a statue of the Buddha must have once taken up residence inside this niche. The second to fifth story of the structure are similar in design as they taper upwards. Overall, the Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri has a beautiful symmetry to it.

The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri was first repaired in 1981; and subsequently, it was repaired, once more, in 1988. During the 1988 dismantling of the pagoda, a few facts were discovered like a rectangular space of about 30 to 35 cm x 40 to 50 cm inside the body of the pagoda. It was found in the centre of the fifth story. This rectangular space becomes wider as it goes downward to the third story of the structure. From the third story, the rectangular void grows to be 50 to 55 cm x 70 to 75 cm. Also, traces of wooden supports were found inside the fourth story of the structure. This is important because it shows the construction techniques found in the creation of brick pagodas of this time period.

Later, and in 1999 and 2000, the pagoda was repaired; this time, with a focus on the stylobate. The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri is National Treasure #187.

How To Get There

The easiest, and fastest way, to get to the Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri is by taxi from the Yeongyang bus station. The taxi ride will take 15 minutes over 12 km, and it’ll cost you 15,700 won (one way).

Overall Rating: 6/10

The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri is a wonderful example of Unified Silla artistry. There are just so few historic brick pagodas left in Korea, and this one in Yeongyang, Gyeongsangbuk-do is among one of the finest. Additionally, this pagoda is surrounded with question marks and what-ifs of the temple that must have once stood in this beautiful location. While located in a rather remote part of Korea, this brick pagoda is a must-see for die hard temple adventurers.

The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri as you first approach it.
An up-close with the first floor niche.
A look at the brick pagoda from the right rear.
And a look at the amazing pagoda from the front left.
A beautiful side view from the west.
And one final look at the The Five-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Sanhae-ri.

Important Hanja: 행 (行) (한자) | Korean FAQ

You wanted more episodes about Hanja in Korean, and here's one more such lesson. This time we'll learn about the Hanja 行, which can be read as 행... or also 항 depending on the word. Let me know if you'd like me to make this a regular part of this series.

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Emotions in Korean – Words to express how you feel

In this article, you will be learning the words for different emotions in Korean. Nearly every minute that you are awake, you feel and express some type of emotion. You can feel good or sad. It’s a natural part of everyday life, and therefore it’s important to know how to communicate those emotions.

Thus, even if expressing emotions in your mother tongue is something you don’t normally do, you should take this opportunity to start learning how to communicate your emotions in Korean. This helps in gaining more knowledge of Korean words and Korean pronunciation.

A woman with an angry, happy, and confused expression

Learning Korean words for emotions and how Koreans tend to express them leads to a better understanding of the culture as a whole. Now, let’s begin to define Korean words related to emotions!

How to say “emotions” in Korean?

“Emotion” in Korean is 감정 (gamjeong). To be specific, if you want to say emotions and stress in the plural form, you may add -들 (deul) to the end of the noun. This way 감정들 (gamjeongdeul), the word for “emotions” in Korean. However, oftentimes you can drop -들 (deul) from the word, and people will still know you mean the noun in plural form.

The Korean word for “mood” is 기분 (gibun). It can also be used to mean “feeling.”

How do Koreans express their emotions?

Koreans have different levels of speech chosen in every situation, as well as important Korean concepts such as nunchi. Due to these cultural aspects, it may be difficult to understand how Koreans express their emotions – or whether they do so. It gets even more confusing as the Korean language doesn’t have adjectives, so to speak.

In the most formal situations, it may be difficult to express or describe how you feel to remain respectful. And even in casual situations, Koreans may be so invested in keeping up the harmony that especially expressing negative emotions gets harder.

Using Korean adjectives

Native Koreans rely more on Korean exclamations to express their emotions rather than using the adjectives themselves. However, the Korean language has a diverse range of descriptive verbs that can be turned into Korean adjectives, displaying every emotion. That means to describe something in Korean, you need to conjugate a descriptive verb.

You can find the conjugation rules for descriptive verbs in the Korean adjectives article. Essentially, in the case of emotions, you are almost always making “I am” statement sentences. Note, though, that to do so, you will not use the be-verb but rather the present tense verb ending.

Learning how to express and communicate these emotions in Korean can help clear out possible misunderstandings. It will help you bond more closely with Koreans and will be one step closer to fluency in the Korean language.

A guy holding drawings with different expressions

List of different vocabulary for emotions in Korean

Below, you’ll find a list of words for various emotions in Korean. You may have heard some of these in K-dramas or K-pop songs. Primarily, emotions can be categorized into positive and negative emotions. In positive emotions, you have feelings like happiness, whereas, on the negative side, you may have fear or sadness.

Alive 살아있다 (saraitda)
Angry 화나다 (hwanada)
Annoyed 짜증나다 (jjajeungnada)
Be in bad mood 기분이 안 좋다 (gibuni an jota)
Be in bad mood 기분이 나쁘다 (gibuni nappeuda)
Be in good mood 기분이 좋다 (gibuni jota)
Bored 심심하다 (simsimhada)
Busy 바쁘다 (bappeuda)
Comfortable 편하다 (pyeonhada)
Confused 헷갈리다 (hetgallida)
Crazy 미치다 (michida)
Dead tired 영혼이 없다 (yeonghoni eopda)
Depressed 우울하다 (uulhada)
Disappointed 실망하다 (silmanghada)
Drained 힘이 빠지다 (himi ppajida)
Embarrassed 창피하다 (changpihada)
Energetic 활기차다 (hwalgichada)
Excited 기대 되다 (gidae dwoeda)
Exhausted 지치다 (jichida)
Frightened 무섭다 (museopda)
Furious 속이 끓다 (soki kkeurda)
Furious 몹시 화가나다 (mopsi hwaganada)
Glad, happy, excited, pleased 기쁘다 (gippeuda)
Grateful, thankful 감사하다 (gamsahada)
Happy 행복하다 (haengbokada)
Hate 싫다 (silta)
Hopeless 가망이 없다 (gamangi eopda)
Humble 겸손하다 (gyeomsonhada)
In love 사랑에 빠지다 (sarange ppajida)
Jealous 질투하다 (jiltuhada)
Jealous, envious 부럽다 (bureopda)
Lively 활발하다 (hwalbalhada)
Lonely 외롭다 (woeropda)
Love 사랑하다 (saranghada)
Nervous 긴장하다 (ginjanghada)
Nervous 긴장이 되다 (ginjangi dwoeda)
Proud 자랑스럽다 (jarangseureopda)
Rejected 거절하다 (geojeolhada)
Sad 슬프다 (seulpeuda)
Satisfied, content 만족하다 (manjokada)
Scared 겁나다 (geopnada)
Scared, frightened 무서워하다 (museowohada)
Silly 유치하다 (yuchihada)
Sleepy 졸리다 (jollida)
Sorry 미안하다 (mianhada)
Surprised, amazed 놀랍다 (nollapda)
Thankful 고맙다 (gomapda)
Timid 소심하다 (sosimhada)
Tired 피곤하다 (pigonhada)
Uncertain 확신이 없다 (hwaksini eopda)
Uncomfortable 불편하다 (bulpyeonhada)
Unconfident 자신없다 (jasineopda)
Unhappy 불행하다 (buraenghada)
Unsatisfied 불만스럽다 (bulmanseureopda)
Unsure 확실하지 않다 (hwaksilhaji anta)
Worried 걱정하다 (geokjeonghada)
Worried 걱정되다 (geokjeongdwoeda)

Different emotions in Korean

Now, let’s dive deeper into some of the words related to emotions in Korean below with related phrases. Knowing what they are and how to use them will help you sound more natural and native as you talk to your friends while in South Korea.

“To be angry” in Korean

The Korean word for “angry” is 화나다 (hwanada). Interestingly enough, this is actually not an adjective or a descriptive verb, it’s an action verb. Additionally, even when you use it in its past tense – 화났다 (hwanatda) – you are still talking about being angry at the moment.

Formally, you may say 화납니다 (hwanamnida) or 화났습니다 (hwanasseumnida). Politely, you may say 화나요 (hwanayo) or 화났어요 (hwanasseoyo). Casually, you may say 화나 (hwana) or 화났어 (hwanasseo).

짜증나다 (jjajeungnada), which means “to be annoyed,” acts similarly to the verb for angry, both in meaning and in how it gets used as an action verb.

“To be bored” in Korean

The Korean word for “bored” is 심심하다 (simsimhada). It specifically means the feeling of being bored and is rarely used to describe something as boring. You also cannot utilize it as a verb. However, you can use it to express frustration over boredom.

Additionally, unlike most other words on the list, 심심하다 is primarily a casual word. That means you shouldn’t use it outside of conversations with friends or people younger than you. In other words, it is only appropriate in situations where you can speak informally. Casually, you may say 심심해 (simsimhae).

“To be fun” in Korean

The word to use when something is fun in Korean is 재미있다 (jaemiitda). Many Koreans also use it when meaning “to be funny.” It’s originally a formal Korean word, actually, but you will often see it in a casual Korean conversation.

While fun itself is not considered an emotion, you can use this descriptive verb to express feeling joy or enjoyment over something. Thus, it’s a popular way for Koreans to express positive emotions.

Formally, you may say 재미있습니다 (jaemiisseumnida). Politely, you may say 재미있어요 (jaemiisseoyo). And casually, you can say 재미있어 (jaemiisseo). Besides saying something is fun or interesting or bringing you joy, you can also use 재미있다 to say you’ve had a great day.

For example, if you had fun today, you could say 오늘 재미있었어요 (oneul jaemiisseosseoyo), which means “Today was great” and also “Today was fun.” This is especially appropriate to use in situations where you are just finished hanging out with your friend and want to let them know you had a good time.

“To be glad” in Korean

The word for “glad” in Korean is 기쁘다 (gippeuda). It can also be used to describe feeling happy or excited, or pleased. Formally, you may say 기쁩니다 (gippeumnida). Politely, you may say 기뻐요 (gippeoyo). And casually, you may say 기뻐 (gippeo).

Their English translation is “I am glad.” The use of this emotion is quite limited and is mostly used in formal speeches rather than casual daily conversations.

“To be happy” in Korean

The Korean word for “happy” in Korean is 행복하다 (haengbokada). However, native Koreans avoid using this as it is a very uncommon phrase for “happy” and may sound like a poetic word.

Formally, you may say 행복합니다 (haengbokamnida). Politely, and in most situations, you may say 행복해요 (haengbokaeyo). And casually, you can use the informal Korean word 행복해 (haengbokae). All of these translate as the sentence “I am happy,” which is the primary way to express this emotion in Korean.

Interestingly enough, this is not the most common Korean word used to express feeling happy in spoken or casual conversations. Instead, on this list, you will find many other emotions that may be more fitting to use when you want to say you are happy. This particular word for happy is mainly used in situations with a lot of gravity.

“To be in love” in Korean

The expression for “to be in love” in Korean is 사랑에 빠지다 (sarange ppajida). In this case, it is actually used together with past tense rather than present tense.

Therefore, in formal Korean speech, you may say 사랑에 빠졌습니다 (sarange ppajyeosseumnida), in polite speech, you may say 사랑에 빠졌어요 (sarange ppajyeosseoyo), and casually you may say 사랑에 빠졌어 (sarange ppajyeosseo). All of these translate as “I’ve fallen in love.”

If you want to precisely say that you are in love in the present times, you may combine the descriptive verb with -어 있다 (eo itda). With this, you are describing that you are continuing an action that you have completed. As in, you have fallen in love, and now you continue to be in it.

“To be sad” in Korean

The word for “sad” in Korean is 슬프다 (seulpeuda). The formal Korean word you can use for it is 슬픕니다 (seulpeumnida). Politely, you may say 슬퍼요 (seulpeoyo). And casually, you may say 슬퍼 (seulpeo).

Sadness is a common emotion for all of us, felt in various different situations to various degrees. You may be sad because someone close to you died, but you may also be simply sad over a movie you just watched.

However, other similar Korean words may be better suited for some occasions when you feel some type of sadness. For example, if you’re in an extremely sad mood, 우울하다 (uulhada), which means to feel depressed, or to feel blue, is the most common expression used in place of 슬프다 (seulpeuda).

Wrap Up

And here you go! Now you know some essential Korean vocabulary for when you want to express your feelings, moods, and emotions in Korean. You’ve also learned more about this new language and how some of this central vocabulary is used in action.

As you learn Korean and become more accustomed to Korean culture, it will also become increasingly easy to know just how to show your emotions in any situation. How do you express emotions and moods? Let us know below in the comments!

Next, why not learn other Korean words through our article on Korean nouns?

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Templestay – Geumseonsa Temple (Seoul)

Templestay at Geumseonsa Temple. (Picture Courtesy of the Templestay Website).

Introduction to Temple

Geumseonsa Temple, which is also spelled Geumsunsa Temple, is over 600 years old, and it’s beautifully situated in Mt. Bukhansan National Park in Seoul. Historically, Geumseonsa Temple was the place where King Jeungjo of Joseon (r. 1776-1800) prayed for the birth of a male heir. As for the temple itself, it specializes in Seon meditation. There are a couple highlights to this temple like the beautiful stream that passes under the Hongyae-gyo Bridge (Nirvana Bridge) inside the temple grounds, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds the temple.

As for the Templestay programs, the Relaxational Templestay program focuses on meditation, touring the temple, and on Buddhist ceremonies; while the 2022 Daily Templestay focuses on tea making, meditation, and bead making.


From the Gyeongbokgung Station, you’ll need to go out exit #3 and walk straight for about 70 metres. From there, you’ll need to find the “Gyeongbokgung bus stop – 경복궁역.” Board Bus #7212 and get off at the “Ibukodocheong stop – 이북오도청.” From this stop, you’ll need to walk north towards the mountain for 20 minutes, while staying on the main road. There are several signs along the way that say Geumseonsa/Geumsunsa Temple. Once you reach the entrance to the mountain, you’ll need to hike up the mountain for 500 metres. Once you meet a restroom on your right, turn left towards Geumseonsa Temple.

Templestay Programs

In total, Geumseonsa Temple conducts two Templestay programs for foreign nationals. The first is the Relaxational Templestay, which is a one night two day program. They also conduct the 2022 Daily Templestay, which is a three hour program.

A: Relaxational Templestay

15:30-16:10Orientation & Temple Tour
16:30-17:30Singing Bowl Meditation
18:20-18:30Bell Tolling
18:30-18:50Buddhist Ceremony (Evening Chanting)
21:00-00:00Lights Out/Bedtime
06:40-07:00Wake Up
10:00-10:30Cleaning the room & Returning uniform
10:30-00:00Check Out

(This schedule is subject to change)

The facilities at Geumseonsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay Website).
Some more of the facilities at Geumseonsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay Website).

B: 2022 Daily Templestay

14:00-15:00Orientation/Temple Tour
15:00-16:00Tea with Monk/Meditation
16:00-16:30Making lotus lanterns or 108 beads

(This schedule is subject to change)

Temple Information

Temple Address : 196-2, Gugidong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea, South Korea

Tel : +82-10-2685-9913

E-mail : [email protected]


Relaxational Templestay Program – adults – 70,000 won; students (up to 18 years old) – 50,000 won

2022 Daily Templestay Program – adults/students – 30,000 won

*The cancellation policy for Geumseonsa Temple is 4 days before: 100% refund; 3 days before: 50% refund; 2 days before: 20% refund; and 1 day before and the day of: no refund.


Reservations for the Relaxational Templestay Program

Reservations for the 2022 Daily Templestay Program

Enjoying the Templestay at Geumseonsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay Website).

Russia Won’t Use Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine – Enough with Your Creepy Dr. Strangelove Fantasies

Russia-Nuclear-WarThere is no obvious Ukrainian target worth the massive geopolitical blowback of a nuclear strike, so I think it is extremely unlikely.

This is a re-post of an op-ed I wrote for

So much of the debate around nukes is lurid apocalypticism, what Cheryl Rofer rightly calls ‘nukeporn.’ Nukes fascinate people, in a creepy strangelovian way. We get carried away with dark fantasies of mass death and Mad Max. It’s all very Freudian Thanatos weirdness. So the good news is that Putin probably won’t use them, because they won’t help him win, because:

1. There’s no military or infrastructural target in Ukraine remotely commensurate with that much force.

2. The global backlash would vastly outweigh whatever middling target was chosen.

3. The Russian army in Ukraine would likely be hit by it too.

4. Ukraine wouldn’t give up anyway.

I suppose Putin might drop a strategic nuke on a city and kill 200,000 people. But the global blowback from that nuclear genocide would be even more extreme. NATO would likely enter the war directly; even China might.

Here is the full essay at 1945:

In the last few weeks, there has been widespread speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin might use a nuclear weapon in his war against Ukraine. This has generated speculation on how the West might react, including the use of nuclear weapons in response. As Cheryl Rofer notes, much of this commentary has been irresponsible, trading on the lurid, apocalyptic possibilities of nuclear weapons to throw out alarmist scenarios. Her trenchant term for this is ‘nukeporn.’ She is almost certainly right.

Putin’s Nuclear War? Not Likely to Happen

Putin is highly unlikely to use nuclear weapons. He even had to say he is not bluffing, because he has been, with nukes, since the start of the war. And given that Putin supporters in the West have been the ones talking up this contingency, one strongly suspects bad faith. That is, Putin’s Western flunkies are hyping nuclear war to scare the West into ceasing aid to Ukraine, in order to help Russia win the war, which is their real goal.

There are at least four major reasons why Russian nuclear escalation is a huge gamble, with such a low upside probability, that use is unlikely:

Read the rest here.

And if you really want to know what NATO would do if Putin did drop a nuke, here are my thoughts on that. But it’s not gonna happen, so relax.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University




I tried to find out about my grandfather at the War Memorial of Korea (전쟁기념관)

The "War Memorial of Korea," which is located in Seoul, is more than it appears on the outside. And even on the outside, this place is HUGE. It's a gigantic three-story building surrounded by statues (which themselves are also more memorials). But it's even bigger on the inside of the building.

Each floor covers a separate part of the war. The bottom level was our favorite, which showed historical wars. Some of the ancient war information was really interesting, as you can see in this video. The second level was specifically the Korean War, and the third level was related to the UN.

I visited together with 샘물 from the channel "Your Korean Saem," and we spent over two hours exploring the memorial - barely even seeing half of what it had to offer. If you're planning to visit this memorial make sure to allow at least two hours to walk around briefly, or more if you'd like to stop and take a better look at some of the things on display.

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Templestay – Hwagyesa Temple (Seoul)

Templestay at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul. (Picture Courtesy of the Templestay website).

Introduction to Temple

Hwagyesa Temple was first founded in 1522 A.D by the monk Sinwol. Tragically, the temple was destroyed by fire in 1618. It wasn’t until 1866, through financial support from royal elders, that the temple was rebuilt. There are numerous buildings at the temple to enjoy like the Daeung-jeon Hall, the Myeongbu-jeon Hall, and the Samseong-gak Hall. In addition to these buildings, a visitor can enjoy a small spring to the rear of the temple and Hwagye-gol Valley. The spring water from the Oktak-cheon stream is said to have curative properties for skin and stomach ailments.

In total, Hwagyesa Temple offers two distinct Templestay programs. The first is the Only Don’t Know (The Experience Program), which focuses on meditation, Buddhist ceremonies, and bead-making. The other program that the temple offers is the Only Rest (The Relaxation Program), which, as the name of the program kind of hints at, focuses on relaxation.


On the Seoul subway system, you’ll need to get to line #4 and get off at the Suyu subway station. After going out exit #3, you’ll need to board local Bus #2 for an additional 15 minutes. You’ll need to get off at the Hwagyesa stop.

Templestay Programs

Hwagyesa Temple conducts two different programs for foreign nationals at their temple. The first is the Only Don’t Know (The Experience Program), which is a one night two day program. The other program is the Only Rest (The Relaxation Program), which is also a one night two day experience.

A: Only Don’t Know (The Experience Program)

13:30-14:00Arrival and room assignment
14:00-15:00Orientation and temple tour
15:00-16:20Walking meditation
17:30-18:00Bell ceremony and evening ceremony
18:00-18:20Yebul: Evening service
18:20-21:30108 bows and making 108 beads
21:30-00:00Lights out
04:20-05:00Yebul: Morning service
07:20-09:00Taking a walk along the Dulle-gil
09:00-10:30Tea time with a monk
10:30Cleaning and departure time

(This schedule is subject to change)

The facilities at Hwagyesa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).
Some more of the facilities at Hwagyesa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

B: Only Rest (The Relaxation Program)

13:30-14:00Arrival/Room Assignment
14:00-16:20Orientation/Temple tour
18:00-18:20Evening ceremony
21:00-00:00Lights Out
04:20-06:20Morning ceremony
09:00-10:30Tea time with a monk
10:30Cleaning and departure time

(This schedule is subject to change)

Temple Information

Address : 117 Hwagyesa-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Tel : 82-10-4024-4326

E-mail : [email protected]


Only Don’t Know (The Experience Program) – adults – 60,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 50,000 won

Only Rest (The Relaxation Program) – adults – 50,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 40,000 won

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 3 days before: 100% refund; 2 days before: 50% refund; 1 day before: 10% refund; day of: 0% refund.


Reservations for the Only Don’t Know (The experience program)

Reservations for the Only Rest ( The Relaxation Program)

Enjoying the Templestay program at Hwagyesa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).


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