Have a taste of monastic life in Haeinsa, one of Korea’s most prominent Buddhist temples. Join monks and take part in their particular practices such as the 108 Prostrations, Seon Meditation and more.
Check-in at KTX Seoul Station in Front of Lotteria
KTX Seoul Station to KTX Dongdaegu Station
Experience high-speed and hassle-free ride to Dongdaegu Station from Seoul Station by Korean Train eXpress (KTX).
Arrive at KTX Dongdaegu Station
Transfer to Haeinsa Temple
Enjoy the views of the lush countryside as you depart from Dongdaegu Station to the beautiful temple of Haeinsa by a comfortable car ride.
Arrive at Haeinsa Temple
Get welcomed by the monks upon arriving at Haeinsa Temple. Head to the registration area and get introduced to monastic life by watching an insightful video and listening to the temple guidelines.
Observe how monks eat their meals in reverence; by sitting in an upright posture while making sure that no single grain is wasted.
Join the evening ceremony and gain deeper understanding of the sacred Buddhist tradition at the bell pavilion; an architectural beauty that is commonly found in Korean Buddhist temples.
Have a deep and serene rest after a day of getting to know temple life. Head to a private room provided for you and appreciate a peaceful and quiet night inside the temple.
Time to Wake Up
Start the day earlier than usual, a customary Buddhist practice.
Early Morning Ceremony
Join the monks as they make their way to the early morning ceremony, the first Buddhist service of the day. Listen to their chants and observe how they pay respect to Sakyamuni Buddha.
108 Prostrations and Cham-Seon Meditation
Take part of the 108 Prostrations, a Buddhist practice which aims to connect the mind and body by bowing one hundred and eight times. After clearing your mind from unnecessary thoughts, this will be followed by a form of meditation that will sharpen your alertness and concentration.
Enjoy a hearty meal that will set you up for the day.
Eat with monks in silence before going on another insightful temple tour.
Tripitaka Koreana and Temple Tour
Visit Janggyeong Panjeon, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site built solely to preserve the Tripitaka Koreana. This is a massive collection of well-preserved Buddhist scriptures carved in over 80,000 wooden blocks.
Da-Seon (Tea Ceremony) with a Monk
Meditate while drinking tea as your five senses work in harmony with each and every sip.
Explore the temple grounds on your own and get a wider perspective of the tranquil life inside the monastery.
End your monastic life experience with a delightful and healthy lunch prepared by the monks themselves.
Depart from Haeinsa Temple to KTX Dongdaegu Station
Arrive at KTX Dongdaegu Station to KTX Seoul Station
Check-out at KTX Seoul Station
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Price & Options
Smoking and alcohol consumption is not allowed in the temple.
The meals provided on this tour are vegetarian only.
If less than 3 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
Children 7 years old and above can participate in this activity.
No halter tops
No sleeveless, collarless shirts or T-shirts
No short pants
No mini skirts
No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin
No see-through fabrics
Only luggage that you can personally carry is allowed
Because the monastery is a religious sanctuary, participants are advised to refrain from showing public displays of affection, singing, dancing and playing loud music.
Private rooms will be provided but men and women will stay separately. Rooms will be assigned on the day of arrival upon registration.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather, traffic conditions or temple situations.
You can book a maximum of 10.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made within 5 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.