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Templestay – Naesosa Temple (Buan, Jeollabuk-do)

Naesosa Temple in Buan, Jeollabuk-do.

Introduction to Temple

Naesosa Temple, which means “Come Revive Temple” in English, is located in Buan, Jeollabuk-do. Naesosa Temple is located just south of Gwaneum-bong (Gwanseeum-bosal Peak) in the southern part of Byeonsan Bando National Park. Naesosa Temple was first established in 633 A.D. At that time, two temples were built. They were Daesoraesa Temple and Sosoraesa Temple. Daesoraesa Temple was later destroyed by fire, and all that remained of the two was Sosoraesa Temple.

Sosoraesa Temple was later rebuilt in 1633 by Master Cheongmin after all the temple buildings were destroyed during the Imjin War (1592-1598). It was also around this time that the temple was renamed Naesosa Temple. The name of the temple is in reference to all that enter the temple being blessed and having their wishes come true. The temple was later repaired in 1869. Naesosa Temple is home to three Korean Treasures.

Naesosa Temple conducts the Relaxation – Rebirth: “Wish Everyone Refresh Your Mind & Body” Templestay program at their temple. The program is a one night, two day program that has a pretty open schedule for visitors.

For more on Naesosa Temple.


From the Buan Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take a direct bus to Naesosa Temple. The bus to Naesosa Temple will drop you off eight hundred metres outside the temple grounds. You’ll then need to make your way towards the temple grounds past all the stores and restaurants.

Templestay Program

The Templestay program at Naesosa Temple is entitled the Relaxation – Rebirth: “Wish Everyone Refresh Your Mind & Body.” Here is their program:

A: Relaxation – Rebirth: “Wish Everyone Refresh Your Mind & Body”

14:30-15:00Arrival & Registration
15:00-17:00Free Time
18:00-19:00Free Time
19:00-21:00Rest Time/Ready to Sleep
06:00-06:40Temple Breakfast
07:00-11:00Free Time
11:00-11:30Write Review/Tidy Up the Room
11:40-12:00Lunch & Go Home

(This schedule is subject to change)

The facilities at Naesosa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).
The facilities at Naesosa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).
The facilities at Naesosa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

Temple Information

Address: 243 Naesosa-ro, Jinseo-myeon, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Tel : +82-63-583-3035

E-mail: [email protected]


Relaxation – Rebirth: “Wish Everyone Refresh Your Mind & Body” – adults – 70,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 50,000 won; pre-schooler – 20,000 won

*As for the cancellation policy, you can get a full refund one week before your date of arrival. After that, there is no refund. Also, you can only change your reservation date one time three months from your original reservation date. And if you’d like a single room alone, you’ll need to add 10,000 won to the original price.


Reservations for the Relaxation – Rebirth: “Wish Everyone Refresh Your Mind & Body

The beautiful temple grounds at Naesosa Temple.

보다 vs 에 비해(서) "Compared to" | Live Class Abridged

Did you miss our last Sunday live Korean classroom? You can watch the summary in just 11 minutes right now!

Most Sundays I do a live stream where I teach a Korean concept, and you're welcome to join them (they're free and public). This past Sunday I taught about several forms used when comparing things in Korean. These were 더 and 덜, along with 보다 and 에 비해(서). We also learned about 에 비하면, and how it relates to 에 비해(서).

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Stop Saying 그리고 in Every Sentence | Korean FAQ

Something common I notice that's not actually a mistake, but that makes sentences sound unnatural, is the over usage of 그리고 at the beginning of sentences.

그리고 means "and," and is for introducing new information, but it's not the only way to do this. Since it's so easy to use, 그리고 gets used when it doesn't need to be. This video will present you with an alternative way of expressing "And" at the beginning of a sentence, but without using 그리고.

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Geumjeongam Hermitage – 금정암 (Gurye, Jeollanam-do)

The Yaksadae-jeon Hall at Geumjeongam Hermitage on the Hwaeomsa Temple Grounds in Gurye, Jeollanam-do.

Hermitage History

Geumjeongam Hermitage, which means “Golden Well Hermitage” in English, is located to the east of Hwaeomsa Temple in Gurye, Jeollanam-do. Geumjeongam Hermitage is one of eight hermitages located on the Hwaeomsa Temple grounds. Geumjeongam Hermitage was first founded by the monk Seol-eung in 1562. Later, the Chilseong-gak Hall and the Yosachae (monks’ dorms) were built during the reign of King Gojong of Korea (1863-1907). During the Korean War (1950-1953), most of the hermitages that surrounded Hwaeomsa Temple were destroyed. Of the numerous hermitages that once stood, Geumjeongam Hermitage is one of the few that still remains at Hwaeomsa Temple. Then in 1991, a fire broke out at the hermitage and destroyed most of the hermitage buildings. The main hall was restored in October, 1999. Later, the Yaksadae-jeon Hall was built. And more recently, the Samseong-gak Hall is currently being constructed.

Hermitage Layout

Through the hermitage parking lot, and up a long set of stone stairs, you’ll pass through the Iljumun Gate at Geumjeongam Hermitage. The stately Iljumun Gate is beautifully adorned with dancheong colours and murals including dragons, cranes, and a white tiger. The artwork on this entry gate is stunning.

Now standing in the hermitage courtyard, you’ll find the administrative office to your far right. And straight ahead of you is the three-story Yaksadae-jeon Hall, which is a beautiful wooden pagoda. The front floral latticework to this pagoda shrine hall is both vibrant and intricate. On the backside of the Yaksadae-jeon Hall is a large mural dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). And if you look up and around the Yaksadae-jeon Hall, you can’t help but be impressed by the dancheong colours, as well as the murals of Nahan (The Historical Disciples of the Buddha), cranes, dragons, moktak, and lotus flowers. Unfortunately, when I visited, the shrine hall was locked. But looking in through a window, I was able to identify a large standing image dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul (The Buddha of the Eastern Paradise, and the Medicine Buddha). However, as impressive as the wooden structure is, the interior seemed a little underwhelming.

To the left of the Yaksadae-jeon Hall is the Banyabo-jeon Hall. The main hall is adorned with some more stunning floral latticework. The exterior walls are adorned with Buddhist motif murals. And up near the roof of the main hall, you’ll find a pair of swirling dragon murals. Stepping inside the Banyabo-jeon Hall, you’ll find a golden triad resting on the main altar. In the centre rests a rather chubby image of Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). This central image is joined by Gwanseeum-bosal and Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife), all under a intricate canopy filled with protective dragons and soaring cranes. To the right of the main altar are three shaman paintings (they are stored here, while the Samseong-gak Hall is currently under construction). All three are modern in composition with Chilseong (The Seven Stars) being located in the centre of the three shaman murals. To the right is an image dedicated to Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), who is rather curiously joined by Dongjin-bosal (The Bodhisattva that Protects the Buddha’s Teachings). To the left of Chilseong is a mural dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), who appears to be placing his right foot on top of the tiger’s head. On the far right wall is an elaborate Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural). And on the far left wall is a mural dedicated to Jijang-bosal.

To the left rear of the Banyabo-jeon Hall is the currently under construction Samseong-gak Hall. And to the rear of the Yaksadae-jeon Hall, almost hidden, is a traditional stone icon dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). Before there were painted images dedicated to this shaman deity starting in the 18th century, there were these icons. They are now rare to find. The only other one that I’ve personally seen in Korea is at Cheoneunsa Temple also in Jirisan National Park.

How To Get There

From the Gurye Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to take a bus bound for Hwaeomsa Temple. This bus leaves every ten to twenty minutes, and the first bus departs at 8 a.m. The final bus leaves Hwaeomsa Temple at 8:10 p.m. From where the bus lets you off, it’s an additional fifteen to twenty minute walk to get to Hwaeomsa Temple. And from Hwaeomsa Temple, you’ll need to continue to head east of the northern part of Hwaeomsa Temple for about 100 metres. The signs should guide you there.

Overall Rating: 5/10

Geumjeongam Hermitage has undergone a lot of recent construction. With that being said, the major highlights to the Hwaeomsa Temple hermitage is the three-story wooden pagoda that is the Yaksadae-jeon Hall. The shaman murals housed inside the main hall, as well as the floral latticework adorning both hermitage shrine halls are other highlights, as well. Also, keep an eye out for the traditional stone icon to the rear of the Yaksadae-jeon Hall, as it’s quite the rarity.

The Iljumun Gate at Geumjeongam Hermitage.
A closer look at the intricate dancheong on the Iljumun Gate.
The Banyabo-jeon Hall.
A look at the front floral latticework on the Banyabo-jeon Hall.
The main altar inside the Banyabo-jeon Hall.
The elaborate Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) inside the Banyabo-jeon Hall.
The Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) mural to the right of the main altar.
And the mural dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) to the left of the main altar.
The beautiful three-story Yaksadae-jeon Hall at Geumjeongam Hermitage.
And the beautiful floral latticework that adorns the Yaksadae-jeon Hall.
The mural of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) on the back wall of the first floor of the Yaksadae-jeon Hall.
The traditional stone icon dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) to the rear of the Yaksadae-jeon Hall.
And the beautiful view from Geumjeongam Hermitage.

Korea’s Latest Trend of Photo Booths | 포토이즘, 인생네컷, 하루필름

A new trend from the beginning of this year has been a renewed interest in photo booths. Actually there have been "sticker photo" booths in Korea for decades, but these new ones are quite different - and in most people's opinions, significantly better. My friend 소영 took me to visit three of the most famous photo booths (포토이즘, 인생네컷, and 하루필름). This video is not sponsored.

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Korean Nature – Useful words related to the environment

In this article, we will be learning about Korean nature. Although you may often be seeing photos of the bustling city of Seoul when it comes to South Korea, you better believe that the Korean peninsula is equally covered in natural beauty, from its Northern border to the Southern shores.

Different types of flowers and plants

The country has lush forests, rolling mountains, valleys, green tea fields, and bamboo forests, just to quickly describe some of its natural qualities.

While we may not go in too deep with how nature in South Korea is shaped, you are about to learn tons of vocabulary related to nature in Korean. And, if lucky, you may even get to know some of the most popular nature spots among locals in South Korea!

What is “nature” in Korean?

The word for “nature” in Korean is 자연 (jayeon). You can use it whenever you are talking about nature in general. Of course, when you want to give a more detailed description of an aspect of nature, you will want to use specific vocabulary for it.

Different Korean words related to nature

Now you have learned that the word for nature in Korean is 자연 (jayeon). But what about the specific vocabulary for each part of nature? Check out our list below!

air (gonggi)
arctic (bukgeugui)
beach (haebyeon)
canyon (hyeopgok)
cave (donggul)
cliff (jeolbyeok)
coast, shore (haean)
desert (samak)
field (deulpan)
forest (sup)
glacier (bingha)
ice (eoreum)
island (seom)
lake (hosu)
mountain (san)
nature (jayeon)
ocean, sea (bada)
rainbow (mujigae)
rainforest (urim)
river (gang)
savanna (sabana)
valley (gyegok)
volcano (hwasan)
waterfall (pokpo)
wildlife (yasaeng dongmul)
hill언덕 (eondeok)
야산 (yasan)
구릉 (gureung)
mountain 산 (san)

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“River” in Korean

The word for “river” in Korean is 강 (gang). For example, the Han River in Seoul is called 한강 (hangang) in Korean.

“Lake” in Korean

The word for “lake” in Korean is 호수 (hosu). When you are referring to a specific lake, such as Lake Superior, you will first say the name of the lake – in this case, Superior, or 슈피리어 (syupirieo) – and then just 호 (ho) added on in a lot of cases.

For example, Lake Victoria is 빅토리아 호 (biktoria ho), Loch Ness is 네스 호 (neseu ho), and so on. In other words, as a general term, you may use 호수 (hosu), but when you want to discuss a particular lake, you may drop the 수 (su).

“Sea” in Korean

The word for “sea” in Korean is 바다 (bada). It can be also used in reference to the ocean; however, the word ocean has its own word in Korean as well, which is 대양 (daeyang). And when you are talking about specific oceans and seas, the word for sea and ocean may be further altered.

For example, the Pacific Ocean is called 태평양 (taepyeongyang) in Korean. Meanwhile, Baltic Sea is 발트 해 (balteu hae) in Korean. In general, you may want to memorize the names of different seas and oceans in Korean, as they may not all follow a simple rule. 바다 (bada) you will most likely only use in reference to the seas in general.

“Mountain” in Korean

The word for “mountain” in Korean is 산 (san). South Korea is full of mountains of different sizes and appearances, and each of them has a separate name, but also the word 산 (san) attached to them to describe they are, in fact, a mountain.

For example, Seoraksan National Park (설악산 | seoraksan), Bukhansan National Park (북한산 | bukhansan) and Jirisan National Park (지리산 | jirisan). Notice that the volcano on Jeju Island, Hallasan Mountain, is also referred to as a mountain, as its name is 한라산 (hallasan).

“Hill” in Korean

The word for “hill” in Korean is 언덕 (eondeok). Another common word for hill is 야산 (yasan). 구릉 (gureung) also means “hill.”

However, before using any of these words, always check the context, as the term used may differ. For example, the phrase “over the hill” in Korean is 한물간 (hanmulgan), instead of utilizing any of the basic words for “hill.”

“Forest” in Korean

The word for “forest” in Korean is 숲 (sup). For example, 서울숲 (seoulsup). The term also includes the following concepts: the woods, grove, thicket, and woodlands. You may also use the word 수풀 (supul), especially when referring to grove or bush.

산림 (sallim) is another word for forest. The word for rainforest in Korean is 우림 (urim).

“Beach” in Korean

The word for beach in Korean is 해변 (haebyeon). This can also be used to mean seaside or seashore. Some of the most popular beaches in South Korea are Haeundae Beach, Daecheon Beach, and Naksan Beach.

Do note that when these beaches are translated into Korean, the word 해변 (haebyeon) is actually not used. Instead, the word used for “beach” is 수욕장 (suyokjang), which more correctly translates as “water pod” rather than “beach.”

In other words, you can use the term 해변 (haebyeon) mostly when you are referring to beaches in general. However, you might want to refrain from using it when you are talking about a specific beach, especially if it is a common swimming location.

“Desert” in Korean

The word for “desert” in Korean is 사막 (samak). For example, “Sahara desert” in Korean would be 사하라 사막 (sahara samak). Note that this word specifically refers to the part of nature that is considered to be a desert and cannot be used in other contexts, such as the word “deserted.”

“Island” in Korean

The word for “island” in Korean is 섬 (seom). For example, the small island Nami Island is called 남이섬 (namiseom) in Korean. However, do note that not all islands are the same.

A great example is Jeju Island, which in Korean translates as 제주도 (jejudo). This is because, in the case of Jeju Island, it gets referred to as a region, just like 경기도 (gyeonggi-do), the region surrounding Seoul, rather than as an island.

Dokdo Island is similarly only referred to as 독도 (dokdo). In contrast, Fraser Island is called 프래이저 섬 (peuraeijeo seom) and Ellis Island is 엘리스 섬 (elliseu seom). In other words, if the international name of the island has “island” attached to it, chances are it’s the same in Korean.

However, if it’s something simple like Bali or Hawaii, the word 섬 is usually not needed. Therefore, always double-check the Korean name of an island first.

“Ice” in Korean

Another thing that you’ll often see during winter is ice. In Korean, you can say this as 얼음 (eoreum).

“Rainbow” in Korean

The Korean word for “rainbow” is 무지개 (mujigae).

We have a separate article about colors in Korean if you want to know the Korean terms for each color in a rainbow.

Natural disaster words in Korean

As we continue to learn Korean words on nature, one last set of vocabulary we’ll be teaching you today is the vocabulary for natural disasters. These may also be useful and even interesting information to take note of as you are learning Korean.

Natural disaster (jayeon jaehae),
Earthquake (jijin)
Volcano eruption (hwasan pokbal)
Landslide, Avalanche (sansatae)
Famine (gigeun)
Drought (gamum)
Hurricane (heorikein)
Tornado (hoeoribaram)
Cyclone (saikeullon)
Typhoon (taepung)
Flood (hongsu)
Tsunami (sseunami)
Extreme temperature (geukan gion)
Wildfire (sanbul)

Other words for nature and outdoors

Besides the highlighted vocabulary above, here is a more exhaustive list of vocabulary in Korean related to the natural environment that you might find useful.

Bay 만 (man)
Beach 해변 (haebyeon)
Bush 관목 (gwamok)
덤불 (deombul)
Carbon dioxide 이산화탄소 (isanhwatanso)
Cave 동굴 (donggul)
Clearing 공터 (gongteo)
Coal 석탄 (seoktan)
Coast 해안 (haean)
Coastline 바닷가 (badatga)
Desert 사막 (samak)
Dry fields 밭 (bat)
Ecosystem 생태계 (saengtaegye)
Fall foliage 단풍 (danpung)
Fire 화재 (hwajae)
Flower 꽃 (kkot)
Forest 숲 (sup)
수풀 (supul)
산림 (sallim)
Fossil fuel 화석 연료 (hwaseok yeonryo)
Geothermal heat 지열 (jiyeol)
Grass 풀 (pul)
Grasslands 초원 (chowon)
Gravel 자갈 (jagal)
Greenhouse gas 온실 가스 (onsil gaseu)
Ground 땅 (ttang)
Habitat 서식지 (seosikji)
Hill 언덕 (eondeok)
야산 (yasan)
구릉 (gureung)
Hot springs, onsen 온천 (oncheon)
Invasive species 침입종 (chimipjong)
Island 섬 (seom)
Lake 호수 (hosu)
Lakeside 호숫가 (hosutga)
Leaf 잎 (ip)
Methane 메탄 (metan)
Moon 달 (dal)
Moonlight 달빛 (dalbit)
Mountain 산 (san)
Mountain range 산맥 (sanmaek)
Natural gas 천연 가스 (cheonyeon gaseu)
Ocean 대양 (daeyang)
Oil 석유 (seokyu)
Ozone 오존 (ojon)
Pebble 돌맹이 (dolmaengi)
조약돌 (joyakdol)
Petal 꽃잎 (kkochip)
Pond 못 (mot)
Rainforest 우림 (urim)
River 강 (gang)
Riverbank 강가 (gangga)
Rock, boulder 바위 (bawi)
Rock, stone 돌 (dol)
Sand 모래 (morae)
Sky 하늘 (haneul)
Star 별 (byeol)
Stone 암석 (amseok)
Stream 천 (cheon)
Stream, creek 내 (nae)
Sun 해 (hae), 태양 (taeyang)
Sunlight 햇빛 (haetbit)
Swamp 늪 (neup)
Tree 나무 (namu)
Ultraviolet radiation 자외선 (jaoeseon)
Valley 계곡 (gyegok)
Volcano 화산 (hwasan)
Waterfall 폭포 (pokpo)
Wave 파도 (pado)
Wet fields 논 (non)
Wild 야생 (yasaeng)
Wild nature 야성 (yaseong)

“Fire” in Korean

There are two words for “fire” in Korean, depending on how you are to use it.

The more common term for “fire” in Korean is 불 (bul). Specifically, this word means flame or the object of fire. This is the term you may use for the flame you see when cooking, for example. It’s also used to describe foods that are so hot they make your mouth feel like it’s on fire, like 불닭 (buldak), aka “fire chicken.” It’s also popular to call a Friday night out, playing with friends, a 불금 (bulgeum), so a “fire Friday.”

The other term for “fire” in Korean is 화재 (hwajae). When you see a house or a building or the equivalent on fire, this is the word to use. Specifically, it describes a disaster caused by something catching on fire.

“Water” in Korean

The term for “water” in Korean is 물 (mul). Many related Korean words exist, but this is the word you’ll want to use for water itself. We have a whole article dedicated to saying water in Korean – perhaps a great lesson to take next?

“Sun” in Korean

“Sun” in Korean is called 해 (hae), which is the most common term used.

“Sunset” in Korean

The most common Korean word for “sunset” is 일몰 (ilmol). While the word for “sunrise” in Korean is 일출 (ilchul).

“Sunlight” in Korean

The word for sunlight in Korean is 햇빛 (haetbit). As the term says, you can use it when referring to sunlight.

“Moonlight” in Korean

The word for “moonlight” in Korean is 달빛 (dalbit). You can use it as you would use the word for sunlight.

“Sky” in Korean

The word for “sky” in Korean is 하늘 (haneul). You can use this same word also when you are talking about heaven in Korean.

“Star” in Korean

The word for “star” in Korean is 별 (byeol). The word “star” has multiple meanings. However, 별 (byeol) refers to the ones you see in the night sky.

What are the most popular nature spots in South Korea?

For Korean people and tourists alike, there are many different destinations of natural wonders that you can venture out to in Korea. Here are just a few of them!

Jusangjeolli Cliff. This cliff is quite the stunner, thanks to how dramatically the volcanic rocks have been shaped over the years.

Cherry blossoms in Jinhae. Although you can enjoy views of cherry blossoms anywhere in South Korea, the town of Jinhae is quite possibly the most beloved for them.

Rapeseed flower fields in Cheongsangdo. The island of Cheongsangdo is located on the south coast of the peninsula, and besides its gorgeous rapeseed flower fields, is famous for being an amazing spot to slow down for a leisurely walk.

Fall foliage in Seoraksan National Park. South Korea is full of national parks to explore, all of which come with their own charm and breathtaking beauty. Of them, Seoraksan, located by Seokcho, is perhaps the most stunning when it comes to viewing the yearly fall foliage, where the autumn colors fill the national park.

Upon getting there, you can also spot the towering bronze Buddha statue with the surrounding nature in Sinheungsa Temple, which is another sight to see.

Green tea fields in Boseong. Nearly half of South Korea’s green tea supply grows in these green tea fields, which is a beautiful and lush place to visit, especially during its peak time from May to August.

Cheonjeyeon Waterfall. Recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark, the entirety of Jeju Island is a natural marvel, of which the lava tubes, Jusangjeolli Cliff and Cheonjeyeon Waterfall are just a couple of examples.

While this waterfall may not be the most spectacular one you see in your lifetime, this natural wonder is South Korea’s prime one and a quite relaxing site to visit.

Nami Island. This famous touring and filming location is especially loved for its numerous tall trees. You can find chestnut, mulberry, and poplar trees here. K-drama fans from around the world are among the many travelers on this island.

Suncheonman National Garden. The Suncheon Bay National Garden, located in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, was established in 2013 to commemorate hosting the Suncheonman International Garden Expo.

This garden was developed to be in harmony with the environment. It is intended to protect the ecosystem that has surrounded it, including endangered animals and plants. It is popular for the gardens with millions of flowers and trees and is a great picnic spot for visitors.

Seoul Forest. This former amusement park was rebuilt as a huge forest and theme park for those who didn’t want to travel far from this city to enjoy nature. There are walking trails in the area, deer-feeding activities, bicycle rental, and other activities that can be enjoyed by visitors.

In spring, this park is famous for its cherry blossom trees, while the Ginkgo Tree Forest is popular in autumn.

Wrap Up

If you will be visiting Korea soon, consider taking a trip to any of the places we’ve listed above. Or if you have more time to spare, you might also enjoy going to Cheongsando Island, popular for its slow-paced living and the Slow Walking Festival.

If you’d like to learn more words related to other aspects of nature, like the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn), go check out our article on weather and seasons in Korean! We’d also love to hear in the comments what is your favorite type of nature and what’s the best nature spot to check out in your living area!

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Templestay – Geumsansa Temple (Gimje, Jeollabuk-do)

Geumsansa Temple in Gimje, Jeollabuk-do.

Introduction to Temple

Geumsansa Temple is located in Gimje, Jeollabuk-do, and it was first built in either 599 A.D. or 600 A.D. When it was first built, it was rather unassuming; however, in 762 A.D., and under the guidance of the monk Jinpyo (8th century), Geumsansa Temple was rebuilt and expanded over a six year period. Geumsansa Temple underwent numerous changes during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Then during the Joseon Dynasty and the Imjin War (1592-1598), Geumsansa Temple was destroyed by the invading Japanese after the temple was used as a training ground for the Righteous Army. The restoration of Geumsansa Temple began in 1601, and it was completed over a thirty year process in 1635. Most of the temple buildings, including the rebuilt Mireuk-jeon Hall date back to this period of time. And it’s because of these efforts that Geumsansa Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Korea. In total, Geumsansa Temple is home to one National Treasure and ten additional Korean Treasures.

As for the Templestay program at Geumsansa Temple, they conduct two different programs. The first is a two hour program focused on specific temple activities, while the other program, which is a one night, two day program, focuses on rest and recovery through various activities.

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To get to Geumsansa Temple, you’ll first need to get to the Jeonju Express Bus Terminal. From here, you’ll need to take Bus #79 to get to Geumsansa Temple. The bus first leaves this terminal at 6:24 a.m., and they stop running at 10:45 p.m. This bus leaves the terminal every twenty-five mintues. Also, you can catch a bus from the Gimje Intercity Bus Terminal or Gimje Station. You’ll need to find Bus #5, which will bring you directly to Geumsansa Temple.

Templestay Programs

Geumsansa Temple provides two Templestay programs at their temple. The Daily Templestay Program is a two hour experience focusing on relaxation. And the other Templestay program at Geumsansa Temple is the I Want to Rest Program, which is a one night, two day program focused on rest. Here are their programs:

A: Daily Templestay Program

The Daily Templestay Program is a two hour experience from Tuesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exact schedule of activities may vary, but some of the activities that a visitor can expect are making 108 prayer beads, learning meditation, and/or a temple tour.

B: I Want to Rest Program

The I Want to Rest Program is a one night, two day experience. It runs everyday of the week, and the exact schedule of activities may vary. However, some of the activities one can expect are a temple tour, making 108 prayer beads, 108 bows, meditation, joining a Buddhist ceremony, and/or a hike up Mt. Moaksan.

The facilities at Geumsansa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

Temple Information

Address : 39 Geumsan-ri, Geumsan-myeon-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Tel : 82-10-6589-0108

E-mail: [email protected]


I Want to Rest Program – per person – 50,000 won

Daily Templestay Program – per person – 20,000 won


Reservations for the I Want to Rest Program

Reservations for the Daily Templestay Program

The Ordination Platform of Geumsansa Temple.

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Templestay – Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center (Incheon)

The Templestay Program at the Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center (Picture Courtesy of the Templestay Website).

Introduction to Temple

The Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center, much like Jeondeungsa Temple, is located on Ganghwa-do in Incheon. It’s located near the foothills of a low lying mountain and near rice fields. The center was first founded in 1997 by the monk Wonmyeong (1950-2003). Wonmyeong was a monk that spent many years abroad teaching Buddhism. So it was from this that Wonmyeong first founded the Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center.

The Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center Templestay program is entitled A Lotus Flower-Lantern in your Heart!, and it focuses on meditation and chanting services.


From the Gimpo Goldline, which includes the Gimpo International Airport station (G109), you’ll need to get off at Gurae Station (G101). From this station, you’ll need to go out exit #2. From here, take Bus #70 to the Ganghwa Bus Terminal. The bus ride will take about 30 minutes, and you’ll need to get off at the “Mokbigogae bus stop – 목비고개 버스정류소.” Bus #70 leaves every 30 to 40 minutes. From where the bus drops you off, it’ll take about 10 minutes to get to the Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center.

Templestay Program

The Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center offers one Templestay program. The name of the program is A Lotus Flower-Lantern in your Heart! Listed below is the center’s schedule for their Templestay program.

15:30-16:00Registration and Room Assignments
19:00-19:30Evening Chanting (Yebul, Buddhist Service)
19:30-20:00Cham-Seon (Seon Meditation )
21:00-04:00Sleeping Time
04:00-05:00Morning Chanting (voluntary participation)
07:30-08:30Walking Meditation
10:00-11:00Da-Seon (Tea Ceremony)
12:00-13:00Lunch and Check-Out
The facilities at the Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).
More of the facilities at the Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

Temple Information

Address: 349-60, Ganghwadong-ro, Gilsang-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon

Tel: 010-3637-9093

E-mail: [email protected]


A Lotus Flower-Lantern in your Heart! – adults – 60,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 60,000 won.

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 3 days before: 100% refund; 2 days before: 70% refund; 1 day before: 50% refund; day of templestay: 0% refund.


Reservations for the A Lotus Flower-Lantern in your Heart!

The Templestay program at the Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).


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