Every traveler aims for the perfect mix of adventure, immersion and relaxation. Visitors to South Korea can create their own perfect experience by reserving one of the country’s unique Templestay programs.
With more than 30 temples spread throughout every region of the country, visitors can choose whether they want to spend their time hidden among secluded mountains, watching waves crash on the beach or admiring the city lights. After picking the ideal location, visitors can customize their stay by choosing from a variety of programs.
Those focused on cultural immersion can observe Korean Buddhism firsthand. Participants, dressed in traditional robes, shadow a monk through a day of prayer, meditation and service. There is also the option to participate in rituals such as Balwoo Gongyang (a silent meal) and Samchunbae (a prayer involving three thousand bows).
Adventure lovers can sign up for physical activities that will make the heart race. Martial arts instruction, archery lessons and horseback riding are among the most popular.
Those in need of some downtime can find solace during a Templestay. Guests can choose scenic hikes, meditative yoga or a day in solitude.
Templestay programs vary from afternoon visits to month-long retreats. Prices are based on program type and length of stay. For more information, visit Templestay.com.
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