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The best impression is the first one, and simply saying hello in Korean or good morning can impress a romantic interest, coworker, or potential friend.

안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo) is translated as hello in Korean language and literally means “to be at peace.” but there are 3 other Korean words for hello are ” formal 안녕하십니까 (annyeong hasimnikka), the informal way 안녕 (annyeong) means “bye” in Korean and 여보세요(yeoboseyo) when answering the phone.

However, sometimes using just one word to greet someone can make them think you’re a tourist.

Alright world, Let’s dig in. 

How To Say Hello In Korean Language?

안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo)is the standard and respected way of saying hello in Korean, literally meaning “to do peace” or “to have peace”. 안녕 (annyeong) is the informal way of saying hello in the Korean language, meaning peace, and it’s equivalent to “hi in Korean.” The formal way to say “hello” is 안녕하십니까? (Annyeonghasimnikka). This is often used in announcements, speeches, or on the news.

Here’s how to say hello in Korean in casual, formal, and polite situations.

  • 안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo)- The standard way to say hello in Korean.
  • 안녕 (annyeong)—say hello in Korean to friends.
  • 녕하십니까 (annyeong hasimnikka)—the formal way to hello in Korean
  • 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)-“Hello” when answering the phone.

안녕하세요 (Annyeong Haseyo)

This is the most common standard way to say hello in Korean is 안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo) literally means “to do peace” or “to have peace”. It is made up of two words, which are 안녕 (annyeong) means “well-being” or “peace”, while 하세요 (haseyo) comes from the Korean verb 하다 (hada), meaning “to do”. It’s similar to asking, “Have you been doing well?”. You can use 안녕하세요 in any situation, like with your teacher, with coworkers, or when you greet someone as you walk into a store or restaurant, with strangers.

You can use the Formal ‘hello’ [안녕하세요] in these situations

  • Used between adults at the first meeting or strangers
  • Used by adults in formal settings
  • Used you are talking to someone older or higher in rank
  • Used by children when speaking to adults.
  • Used with coworkers
  • Used to you greet someone as you walk into a store or restaurant,

안녕하세요 can be  used as both a question and an answer almost as though asking “Are you doing well?”

You can use 안녕하세요 is used in question form, which literally means “are you at peace?”. You can simply reply, “예 (ye)[ with the Korean word for yes], 안녕하세요 (ne, annyeong haseyo) means” yes, I’m doing well.”

hi In Korean (안녕)

안녕 (annyeong) is the informal way of saying hello in the Korean language. It means peace and it’s basically equivalent to “hi in Korean.” You can only use it when talking to someone you’re close to or someone who’s younger than you. Additionally, 안녕 (annyeong) is an informal way to say “goodbye” in Korean.

You can use the informal ‘hello’ is 안녕 in these situations

  • Used between children
  • Used between young friends
  • Used between siblings, parents, and children (an adult in his or her 30’s is unlikely to use 안녕 to their parents.)
  • Used between adult females. (adults over the age of 30, it’s only used between women)

The main reason why adults, particularly men in their 40’s and over, don’t use 안녕 (annyeong) is that 안녕 is primarily used by children in Korea, and in a conservative society like Korea, it would be inappropriate for a male adult to use an expression that is used mainly by children.

안녕 (annyeong) is an informal way to say “goodbye” in Korean and it means ‘hello ‘and ‘goodbye’ but 안녕하세요 doesn’t mean goodbye. It is translated as “hello.” The polite form of goodbye in Korean is 안녕히 계세요 (an-nyeong-hi-ge-se-yo) which means “please stay comfortable”. 

안녕하십니까 (Annyeonghasimnikka)

안녕하십니까 (annyeonghasimnikka) is a formal way of saying hello in Korean. 안녕 means “peace” and 하십니까 the honorific form. You can use this phrase by businesses to greet their customer, on a flight on a Korean airline.

But natives rarely say 안녕하십니까 (annyeonghasimnikka). 

When someone greets you using this expression, you can reply with 안녕하십니까 (annyeonghasimnikka).

Where to use 안녕하십니까 (annyeonghasimnikka).

  • Used by businesses to greet their customers.
  • used in announcements, speeches, or on the news in South Korea.

The Correct Meaning Of 여보세요 [Yeoboseyo]

The correct meaning of 여보세요 [yeoboseyo] hello in Korean while answering the phone, even if you don’t know who the caller is. It is a polite way. You can use it with friends, family, and strangers. 


Great job. You finally know how to say hello in the Korean language.

The examples listed above aren’t the only ways that one can say hello in Korean, there are several others that you may hear or know. It is important that you consider which way of saying hello is appropriate to the situation that you are in, otherwise, it could become rather awkward.

I get it

It can be hard to remember which phrase to say and when to use it, but as long as you understand that잘 자 (jal ja) is only used to say hi in Korean to a friend or someone younger than you and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Because All these Korean greetings are widely used and accepted in Korea 

Well, it’s time for you to apply it in real life and improve your pronunciation.

So go out and next time you meet a Korean speaker, Be sure to greet them.

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They film K-dramas here! Bojeong-dong Café Street (보정동카페거리)

보정동카페거리 (also called 죽전카페거리) is a street lined with cafes that's frequently used as a spot for filming commercials and Korean dramas. So when my friend suggested we go there for lunch, I had to go see it for myself.

Although it's small (even more than it looks), it was filled with people enjoying drinks and shopping for clothes and was a relaxing and attractive location for our lunch. While not a huge tourism spot (I don't even remember seeing any foreign tourists that day), it was worth a visit if you're already near the area. For more info, check out the video description. This was not a sponsored video.

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Last Two Weeks: South Korea advances to the World Cup Round of 16

 Not sure what Americans eat while watching the Super Bowl, but it is ChiMaek, Chicken + Maekju (Beer),  for Koreans when they watch the Korean team play in the World Cup in Qatar. Bad day for chickens on Dec 2 as many South Korean soccer fans enjoyed ChiMaek at midnight, watching the national team beat Portugal 2-1 with a dramatic 90th minute goal by Hwang Hee-chan to edge out Uruguay for the next round of 16. S.Koreans are proud that Qatar 2022 is S. Korea’s 10th consecutive World Cup since Mexico in 1986, a huge accomplishment that only five other soccer giants were able to do so.(Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Spain). S. Korea is also the only nation to reach the semi-final,  2002 World Cup, of all the Asian and African nations in World Cup history that started in Uruguay in 1930 where, believe it or not, the U.S.A went to the semi-final.  S. Korea will square off against 5 times World Cup champion Brazil for a ticket to the quarter-final on Dec 6. 



The S.Korean team has been coached by Paulo Bento, former Portuguese soccer star who played against S.Korea in the 2002 World Cup.  Apparently, Bento created a new tactic called  “ Confuse Opponents”  by filling the start line up with players of the same family names, with five Kim's and two Hwang's of the 11 players.  Voila! It worked!  




Templestay – Seonunsa Temple (Gochang, Jeollabuk-do)

Seonunsa Temple in Gochang, Jeollabuk-do.

Introduction to Temple

Seonunsa Temple, which is located in Gochang, Jeollabuk-do, means “Seon [Zen] Cloud Temple” in English. The name of the temple implies how profound wisdom is found by staying in the clouds in the boundlessness of Seon meditation. Seonunsa Temple was first built in 577 A.D. by the monk Geumdan-seonsa of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. to 660 A.D.). Seonunsa Temple would eventually fall into disrepair until it was restored by the monk Hyojeong-seonsa in 1354. Seonunsa Temple would be rebuilt again in 1474 by the monk Haengjo-seonsa. The temple would continue to expand until the Imjin War (1592-1598). Seonunsa Temple was completely destroyed by fire during the second invasion of the Imjin War. Finally in 1614, the temple was rebuilt through the efforts of then local governor of Mujang County, Seong Seok-jo. Over a five year period, Seonunsa Temple was restored to its former glory.

Seonunsa Temple, and the handful of hermitages that surround it, is home to six Korean Treasures, one Scenic Site, and two Natural Monuments.

The Templestay program at Seonunsa Temple, “Resting Deep in the Forest,” focuses on a tea ceremony, a temple tour, Buddhist ceremonies, and a hike to neighbouring Dosolam Hermitage.

For more on Seonunsa Temple.


From the Gochang Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take a direct bus to Seonunsa Temple. The bus to Seonunsa Temple from the Gochang Intercity Bus Terminal leaves eight times a day. Also, you can catch a bus to Seonunsa Temple from Gwangju. All you need to do is board a bus from the U-Square Bus Terminal. This bus leaves four times a day.

Templestay Program

Seonunsa Temple offers one Templestay program at their temple. It’s entitled the “Resting Deep in the Forest.” It’s a one night, two day program. They offer two variations of the same program with the only difference being accommodations. Here’s their program:

A: Resting Deep in the Forest

15:00-16:00Arrival & Check-In
16:30-17:30Temple Tour
18:20-19:00Evening Buddhist Chant (optional attendance)
19:30-20:30Tea Ceremony with a Monk
20:30-22:00Free Time
04:20-05:00Early Morning Buddhist Ceremony (optional attendance)
05:00-06:00Free Time
07:00-10:30Hiking to Dosolam Hermitage

(This schedule is subject to change)

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

Temple Information

Address: 567, Samin-Ri, Asan-Myeon, Gochang-Gun, Jeollabuk-Do, Korea

Tel: 010-5231-1375

E-mail: [email protected]


Resting Deep in the Forest Program (More than Two People) – adults – 60,000 won; students – 50,000 won; pre-schoolers – 30,000 won.

Resting Deep in the Forest Program (One Person) – adults – 80,000 won.

*The cancellation policy for Seonunsa Temple is as follows: 5 days in advance, you get a 100% refund; 4 days in advance, you get a 50% refund; 3 days in advance, you get a 10% refund; 1-2 days in advance, you get a 0% refund; and on the expected day of arrival, you also get a 0% refund. However, you can defer your reservation to another date just one time over the 3 months preceding your reservation. And any cancellation after 5 p.m. will be counted as the next day.


Reservations for the Resting Deep in the Forest Program (More than Two People)

Reservations for the Resting Deep in the Forest Program (One Person)

Beautiful nature that surrounds Seonunsa Temple.

ReLEx SMILE - your best choice for laser vision correction in winter


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How to STAY MOTIVATED When Learning Korean

What do you do to stay motivated when learning Korean? This can be a tricky subject, because sometimes we simply want to learn Korean "just because." But there are ways to stay motivated, and things that you can do to keep your motivation.

I met with Forrest and we discussed how to stay motivated learning Korean, as well as how to find motivation, and a special resource we created (on my Discord channel) to help you stay motivated. We spoke for about an hour, and I condensed all of our best tips into this (relatively short) video.

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Korean Furniture – Vocabulary for items in the house

In this article, we’ll learn about Korean furniture. You might already know the word for “house” in Korean and have some more knowledge on the types of homes available in Korea, and we’ve even managed to cover some of the rooms you can find in a home, it’s time to look at the interior a little further: furniture!

Different rattan furniture

Of course, these things are not exclusively found in houses. If you own a business or shop, you’ll be able to identify these things there too!

You’ll learn plenty of words for Korean furniture and perhaps also a little bit more about what kind of furniture and household items are common to find in a typical Korean home. And once you know the vocabulary, you can learn some useful phrases for Korean furniture, too!

What is “furniture” in Korean?

The word for furniture in Korean is 가구 (gagu). You can use this term whenever you are talking about furniture in general. However, do use specific terminology when you want to refer to a specific piece of furniture.

Knowing these terms is useful. You might be in a shop located in Seoul, and you need to go shopping for furniture and house decor, crafts, or accessories that go with it. You can also easily ask if a certain item is in stock. For the price or when they go on sale, learning about Korean numbers will also be a great help!

As a customer, it can also be helpful if you’re browsing a website for these. Even if the site is in Korean instead of English, you can browse easily, search for your preferences, and complete transactions more quickly. If you need a quick review of the Korean alphabet, you can head on to this page first.

Common furniture words in Korean

Right below, you can find a variety of words related to furniture items in Korean.

“Chair” in Korean

The word for “chair” in Korean is 의자 (euija). You can use it regardless of the type of chair you’re talking about. However, you may also add some specifications if you’d like.

For example, you can say 컴퓨터 의자 (keompyuteo euija) when talking about a computer chair. And with the dining chair, you can say 식탁 의자 (siktak euija). However, in both cases, you can also simply say 의자 (euija).

“Sofa” in Korean

The word for “sofa” in Korean is 소파 (sopa). This is the word you’ll use also when you are talking about couches.

“Bed” in Korean

The word for “bed” in Korean is 침대 (chimdae). A sofa bed would be called 소파 겸용 침대 (sopa gyeomyong chimdae) in Korean, sometimes said 침대 겸용 소파. It may also be possible to shorten it as 침대소파 in daily conversation and people would understand what you mean. A bunk bed is often called 2단 침대 (2dan chimdae) in Korean.

“Table” in Korean

The word for “table” in Korean is 탁자 (takja). However, you can also say 테이블 (teibeul). In addition, if you are specifically talking about a table you will eat a meal on, you may say 식탁 (siktak) or 밥상 (bapsang). When you are referring to a desk, you’ll want to use the below piece of vocabulary instead.

“Desk” in Korean

The word for “desk” in Korean is 책상 (chaeksang). More specifically, this refers to a writing desk. So, for example, a desk you will have in your room on which you will use a computer or a laptop or perhaps write or read something on.

“Bookshelf” in Korean

The word for “bookshelf” in Korean is 책장 (chaekjang). It may also be used to say bookcase. You may also use the word 책꽂이 (chaekkkoji) for bookshelf and bookcase. The word for book stand is 서가 (seoga). Additionally, the word 서가대 (seogadae) may also be used in reference to bookshelf.

“Closet” in Korean

The word for “closet” in Korean is 옷장 (otjang). This same word means wardrobe and dresser in Korean as well.

List of vocabulary for Korean furniture

To add, here is a quick list of the different kinds of Korean furniture you’ve just learned – and more divided into categories!


Below is the usual furniture you’ll find in a bedroom.

Bed frame 상광 (sanggwang)
Divan 디방 (dibang)
Dressing table, vanity 화장대 (hwajangdae)
Folding bed 접는 침대 (jeomneun chimdae)
Mattress 매트리스 (maeteuriseu)
Nightstand Nightstand

Living room

Here are some of the furniture found in the living room. This is usually a common area where people in the house can gather.

Coffee table 탁자 (takja)
Ottoman 오토만 (otoman)
Rocking chair 흔들의자 (heundeuruija)


In the kitchen, you’ll normally find big furniture for storing kitchen utensils or appliances. If you’d like to learn the words for these, we have a list of cooking-related vocabulary here.

Cupboard 찬장 (chanjang), 장롱 (jangneung)
Kitchen cabinet 부엌 찬장 (bueok chanjang)

Cupboard – 찬장 (chanjang), 장롱 (jangneung)

Kitchen cabinet – 부엌 찬장 (bueok chanjang)

Baby’s room/Nursery

If you have a baby at home, you’ll also recognize and find the terms below useful.

Cradle 요람 (yoram)
Crib 유아 침대 (yua chimdae)

Other words related to Korean furniture and Korean homes

Here is an additional list of words you may find useful to know when discussing Korean furniture and Korean homes.

Armchair 안락의자 (allaguija)
Bedding 침구 (chimgu)
Bench 벤치 (benchi)
Cabinet 캐비닛 (kaebinit)
Carpet 카페트 (kapeteu)
Chest 궤 (gwe)
Chest of drawers 서랍장 (seorapjang)
Curtain 커튼 (keoteun)
Drawer 서랍 (seorap)
Fan 선풍기 (seonpunggi)
Folding screen 병풍 (byeongpung)
Lamp 램프 (laempeu)
Mirror 거울 (geoul)
Playpen 아기 놀이울 (agi noriul)
Safe 금고 (geumgo)
Shelf 선반 (seonban),
시렁 (sireong)
Showcase 진열장 (jinyeoljang)
Sideboard 사이드보드 (saideubodeu)
Side table 사이드 테이블 (saideu teibeul)
Stool 스툴 (seutul)
Swing chair 스윙 체어 (seuwing cheeo)
Trashcan 휴지통 (hyujitong)
Dress room 분장실 (bunjangsil)
Pantry 식료품 저장실 (singnyopum jeojangsil)
Door 문 (mun)
Floor 바닥 (badak)
Stairs 계단 (gyedan)
Wall 벽 (byeok)
Window 창문 (changmun)

Sample sentences related to Korean furniture

Here are some sentences that may help you get inspired to make a few of your own. Creating sentences around these words is a great way to memorize and understand the new vocabulary for Korean furniture!

그는 매일 밤 소파에서 잠이 들어요. (geuneun maeil bam sopaeseo jami deureoyo.)

He falls asleep on the couch every night.

안타깝게도, 우리 집에는 책장을 놓을 공간이 없어요. (antakkapgedo, uri jibeneun chaekjangeul noeul gonggani eopseoyo.)

Sadly, there is no space for a bookshelf in our home.

내 옷장에는 수백 벌의 옷이 있지만, 입을 옷을 찾을 수가 없어. (nae otjangeneun subaek beorui osi itjiman, ibeul oseul chajeul suga eopseo.)

I have hundreds of clothes in my closet but can never find anything to wear.

우리의 새 집에 필요한 필수 가구는 뭐예요? (uriui sae jibe pillyohan pilsu gaguneun mwoyeyo?)

What are the essential furniture to buy for our new home?

What is the interior of a Korean home like?

In comparison to many Western homes, you may notice that a Korean home really stresses practicality, minimalism, and earthly tones. It’s important for any room to maintain harmony, and, in contrast to Chinese interior styles, not many decorative objects are to be found.

Tables are often low, and bed frames aren’t as common, especially in traditional-style homes. In fact, in many homes, it is still common to sleep on the floor still. Of course, many modern homes look similar to what any modern home around the world might look like.

Wrap Up

What kind of furniture can be found in your house? Let us know in Korean below in the comments section!

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Yeongiam Hermitage – 연기암 (Gurye, Jeollanam-do)

The Golden Prayer Wheel at Yeongiam Hermitage on the Hwaeomsa Temple Grounds in Gurye, Jeollanam-do.

Hermitage History

Yeongiam Hermitage is located in the far northern part of the Hwaeomsa Temple grounds in Gurye, Jeollanam-do. Yeongiam Hermitage is one of eight hermitages at Hwaeomsa Temple. Yeongiam Hermitage is named after the Indian monk that first founded Hwaeomsa Temple in 544 A.D., Yeongi-josa. The hermitage is believed to have first been built during the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.). Yeongiam Hermitage was then destroyed during the Imjin War (1592-1598) in 1592. The hermitage was only recently rebuilt in 1989. And it continues to expand to the present day.

Hermitage Layout

Making your way up to Yeongiam Hermitage and past the hermitage parking lot, you’ll be standing in the lower courtyard. In the far left corner of the hermitage is the hermitage’s administrative office and kitchen. It’s to the left of this administrative office that you’ll find a large, golden prayer wheel. This golden prayer wheel stands several metres in height and looks down upon the long valley out towards the city of Gurye. Around the base of the prayer wheel are handles to help you spin the wheel while in prayer. The bottom portion of the prayer wheel is covered in manja, as well as the Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals). A little further up, and around the midway portion of the golden prayer wheel are lotus flower designs and the Om symbol. The upper portion of the prayer wheel is adorned with reliefs of various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. And all of this is crowned in a Tibetan-like finial.

Beyond the administrative office, and next to the elevated monks’ dorms, is a stone stairway that leads to the upper courtyard at Yeongiam Hermitage. After mounting the stairs, you’ll find a statue of Yaksayeorae-bul (The Medicine Buddha) inside a stone enclosure in an outdoor shrine. The stone enclosure is adorned with reliefs of Bicheon (Flying Heavenly Deities), lotus flowers, and Vajra Warriors.

To the right of this shrine is the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall. Out in front of the main hall is a three-story stone pagoda with reliefs of the Four Heavenly Kings around the first story of the structure, as well as a pair of book-ending seokdeung (stone lanterns) in front of the foundational stones of the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall. The exterior walls to the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall are adorned with the Palsang-do (The Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life). Stepping inside the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall, you’ll find a triad of statues resting on the main altar. The image in the centre is that of Birojana-bul (The Buddha of Cosmic Energy). This central image is joined on either side by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) and Nosana-bul (The Perfect Body Buddha). Hanging on either side of the main altar are two shrines dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) in a uniquely shaped 3-D-like shrine with smaller images of the Bodhisattva. And on the far right wall is a well-populated Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

To the right of the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall, and next to the Yosachae (monks’ dorms), is a thirteen metre tall statue dedicated to Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom). This is a rare statue to find, as Munsu-bosal is typically a supporting Bodhisattva in Korea.

To the left of the main hall, on the other hand, is a peculiar shrine hall. One rarely found at a Korean temple, it’s the Munsu-jeon Hall. The exterior walls are adorned with various Buddhist motif murals like Bicheon and Jijang-bosal, as well as a vibrant painting dedicated to Munsu-bosal riding a blue dragon/haetae (which is a mythical creature that controls and consumes fire). Stepping inside the Munsu-jeon Hall, you’ll find only two statues on the main altar, instead of the more traditional triad. On the left sits an image dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife), while on the right sits an image dedicated to Munsu-bosal. Also housed inside this hermitage shrine hall is a mural dedicated to Jijang-bosal.

The final shrine hall that visitors can explore at Yeongiam Hermitage is to the left rear of the Munsu-jeon Hall and across a bridge. This unpainted shrine hall is the Wontong-jeon Hall. Stepping inside, you’ll find an image of Gwanseeum-bosal on the main altar joined by Yongwang (The Dragon King). Hanging on the left wall is a mural dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars) embossed with golden outlines around each of the deities in the mural. And hanging on the right wall are simplistic murals dedicated to both Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint).

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 north of the temple towards Gucheungam Hermitage. Continue along this way in a northwesterly direction for a kilometre until you come to Mitaam Hermitage. Once you’re at Mitaam Hermitage, you’ll need to continue to follow the northwesterly hiking trail for another kilometre until you eventually arrive at Yeongiam Hermitage. The hike is uphill and about 2.5 km in total. So be prepared for a bit of a hike.

Overall Rating: 5/10

Yeongiam Hermitage is filled with beautiful surprises like the amazing view down the valley that houses Hwaeomsa Temple. Also, the sentinel-like golden prayer wheel, the rarely seen Munsu-jeon Hall and statue dedicated to the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and the 3-D-like shrines dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal inside the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall all make for a beautiful hermitage deep in the heart of the mountains that surround Hwaeomsa Temple.

The Yosachae (monks’ dorms) at Yeongiam Hermitage.
The golden prayer wheel and the commanding view of the valley that it enjoys.
One of golden reliefs that adorns the prayer wheel.
The outdoor Yaksayeorae-bul (Medicine Buddha) shrine at Yeongiam Hermitage.
The Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall and three-story pagoda.
A look inside the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall.
The 3-D-like shrine of Gwanseeum-bosal inside the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall.
The 13 metre tall statue dedicated to Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom).
The Munsu-jeon Hall at Yeongiam Hermitage.
The main altar inside the Munsu-jeon Hall with Munsu-bosal on the right and Jijang-bosal on the left.
The Wontong-jeon Hall through the trees.
The main altar inside the Wontong-jeon Hall.
And the Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) mural inside the Wontong-jeon Hall, as well.

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.


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