Golgulsa Temple Stay

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Golgulsa Temple Stay
Golgulsa Temple Stay

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Experience the traditional monastic life at Golgulsa Temple.


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Day 1 Gyeongju - Golgulsa


Your tour guide will meet you in your hotel lobby in Gyeongju and transport you to Golgulsa temple where you will get to study and experience the Korean tradition and Seonmudo. Although the temple is relatively small, Gogulsa is famous as being the only temple in Korea to house a Seonmudo or Zen Martial Arts training center.

18:00 - Dinner

19:00 - Evening Yebul

19:30 - Seonmudo Training

22:00 - Bedtime

Golgulsa is the head temple of Seonmudo, where the Silla elite youth corps Hwarang used to train in the martial arts. Seonmudo Training is composed of two kinds of training. One is still training; Zen-yoga or Zen-gigong. The other one active training: Zen-gymnastics or Zen-martial arts. In general, it is common to have a still-training in the morning and active-training in the evening. The warm Ondol floors (heated from below) of the temple are clean and large enough to accommodate a small group of visitors.

Today, you will experience a temple meal, perhaps first time in your life. The food doesn't have spices and is neither hot nor salty. It is another mysterious experience for you to try. Rooms are sparsely furnished with mattress, quilt and pillow. The slight inconvenience is more than compensated by the tranquil and introspective atmosphere of the temple.

Day 2 Golgulsa - Gyeongju

Breakfast, Lunch

04:00 - Wake up

04:30 - Morning Yebul

05:00 - Sitting and walking Meditation

06:30 - Breakfast

08:30 - Seonmudo Training

10:10 - 108 Prostrations, Meditation, Tea time

12:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Meditation, Archery

15:00 - Community work / Ulyeok

Early-morning Buddhist Dharma Ceremony. Every monk and people in the temple will gather at the Main Buddha Hall and perform the ceremony. This magnificent Dharma Ceremony will clear all dust from your minds and all stray thoughts from your heads. During the Yebul, you will offer 108 prostrations to the Buddha, along with the monks. By doing this, Buddhists believe that people will be freed from the 108 passions and delusion that disturb and pollute their body and mind. You will have a chance to drink tea with monks or masters.

The community work agenda includes farming or upkeep. However, if there is no particular agenda, one normally does ordinary sweeping of court yards or cleaning the buildings. This is not just physical work, but should be seen as another way of practicing, developing patience and discipline. You should join Ulyeok with pleasure. It is a good way to express gratitude to your hosts. Practitioners also find themselves refreshed through Ulyeok. (Absent from morning Yebul to deserve 3,000 prostrations punishment).

Tour Highlights

  • Temple Stay

  • Seonmudo Training

  • Meditation

  • 108 Prostrations


  • 1 night accommodation based on small group sharing Korean-style room in the temple

  • Full coverage of transfers and transportation as per itinerary

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • English-speaking guide

  • Entrance fees


  • Optional activity costs

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Rates for 20 pax and up are available. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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