- Beopjusa Temple
- The astoundingly beautiful temple of Beopjusa is located on Mount Songni, one of Koreas most incredible sites. Peaceful, lush green landscapes of Songnisan National Park is made up of quietly profound mountains. It attract countless mountaineers and tourists for relaxation and healing amidst nature.
Literally the name means a temple where the Buddhas teaching resides Beopju (in the mountain which renounces the secular world) and Songni (the lofty mountain embraces everything in its bosom) The humble, but pristine and gorgeous temple welcomes everyone with its wide-open doors. Founded in 553 CE, the ancient space cherishes innumerable cultural treasures, which will give you access to the essence of both Buddhist and Korean traditional culture, bringing both local and foreign visitors together.
Beopjusa is especially well-known for its vast amount of cultural properties. The temples highlights include Geumdongmireukdaebul (gilded bronze Buddha statue 33 meters or over 100 feet high), Palsangjeon (five-story wooden pagoda), Daeungbojeon (considered one of Korea’s three major Buddhist halls), Ssangsajaseokdeung (twin-lion stone lamp), Lotus-Shaped Stone Fountain and Palsangjeon Hall.
Beopjusa Temple represents Mt. Songnisan, containing within it 1,500 years of history and a matching list of numerous National Treasures and Monuments. You can truly experience the Buddhist culture reflected in these artifacts.
The famous golden Buddha statue lifts over 100 feet or 33 meter into the heavens. It weighs over 160 tons, is coated with about 80 kgs of pure gold glittering in the sunlight and is considered the biggest in the world among its kind. It is truly a wonder.
In modern years, Beopjusa has taken a leading role in providing a systematically structured Temple Stay program to meet the needs of modern Buddhists in and out of Korean peninsula. Organized by a successful, retired ibanker turned welcoming zen host, the well-organized Temple Stay program is a great way to experience the traditional Korean Buddhism even for those who are new to the culture.
Regardless of one’s religion, Temple Stay is a program where one can stay in a traditional Buddhist temple to experience the spiritual culture and practice of Buddhism. It is open to everyone who wants to get away from their busy and complicated life, Buddhist or not, to be part of nature and turn inwards to introspect. The program includes early morning chant with the monks beneath the moonlight and stars, zen mediation, meditation in the mountains and tea ceremony with the monks and nuns. The doors of Beopjusa will always remain open for the seekers of the true happiness.
Enjoy the Scent of One Thousand and Five Hundred Years of History in the lush mountains.
Temple Stay Office for Reservation :
Location: Songnisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungbuk, Korea
Hours of Operation: 09:00 -17:00 Korean time [Open all year round ]
Phone: +82-43-544-5656 (Korean, English)
Email: email@example.com (Korean, English)
Relaxing templestay - All year round Beopjusa is located on a beautiful mountain. The temple stay house of Beopjusa is located on the way to Moonjangdae Mountain, which is the highest of the surrounding mountains. This is great news for hikers and lovers of scenery. If you don't like climbing, you may walk the path alongside a stream and you will see the real beauty of the mountain by walking around this forest trail. You will have a unique opportunity to experience Korean Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality. You will also have free time to find your true self. The Special Program includes: - 108 Prostrations - Meditation - Tea-ceremony Time Schedule : 1st Day 14:00 Check-in Upon arrival Orientation to familiarize with basic temple rules 17:30 Dinner 18:30 Buddhist Ceremonial drumming and bell striking Buddhist Ceremonial Service called Ye-bool 2nd Day 03:00 Wake up 03:30 Buddhist Ceremonial Service Ye-bool 06:30 Breakfast 11:40 Lunch 12:00 Check-out It would be much appreciated if you keep the below guidelines. -Please attend both Buddhism ceremonies -Don't be late for the meal scheduled -Please keep silent -Please do not visit any of the monks' rooms at night or any other time -Clean your room on your last day -Please do not carry any luggage bags on wheels -Please do not wear sleeveless shirts, sandals or slippers -Wear socks during the Buddhist Ceremonial Services What to bring: -Running-shoes or hiking boots (no slippers) -Socks -A towel -Toothbrush -Personal water bottle -Warm cloths Long sleeves, a sweater, underwear pants, etc. -Jacket (for early morning and night) o We will provide a uniform (vest and pants) Participant Fee for one night two days : 70,000 won for each *** We don’t accept a credit card and you can remit the participant fee to our account or pay in cash upon arrival. Address: 405, beopjusa-ro, Sokrisan-myen Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do 405, 법주사로, 속리산면 보은군, 충청북도 Telephone: +82-43-544-5656 How to get to Beopjusa Temple Some terms to help: 1. Songnisan (속리산) - the name of the bus terminal to which you want to go 2. Mt. Songni (속리산) - the name of the mountain upon which the temple is located 3. Beopjusa Temple (법주사) - the name of the temple Bus Directions: For those departing from Seoul, please go to the nearest terminal out of Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon station, Seoul Metro Line #2), Express Bus Terminal (Line #3) or Nambu Bus Terminal (Line #3) by subway. Take a bus of which the final destination is Songnisan (속리산) Terminal. Even though they call the bus a direct route, there will be short stops at Cheongju(청주) or Boen (보은) for a rest room or having more passengers on way to Songnisan. Please don't get off until you reach the last destination of Songnisan (속리산). Seoul Gangnam Central Bus Terminal (Seoul Metro Line #3, Express Bus Terminal) Highly recommend to take a bus at this terminal due to Delux Buses and shorter duration -Departure Time: 7AM, 10:30AM, 2:30PM, 5:30PM -Fee: 16,500 WON -Duration: 3 Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Seoul Metro Line#2 Green Line) Departure Time: 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 12:35PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM -Fee: 16,900 WON -Duration: 3½ hours Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal -Departure Time: 1:00PM, 4:20PM, 8:00PM -Fee: 16,900 WON -Duration: 3½ hours Cheongju Bus Terminal There are many buses from Cheongju to Songnisan beginning at 6:50AM -Duration: about 2 hours -Fee: 8,600 WON Please Note: If you take the Cheongju (청주) route, your bus will make a brief pit-stop at the Boeun (보은) Bus Terminal. The bus driver and passengers may all get off here. Do not get off! Otherwise you will have to purchase another ticket for the next bus coming through Boeun to Songnisan!
- Guinsa Temple
- Guinsa Temple, located on Mt. Sobaeksan, is the main temple of Korean Buddhist Cheontae Order. The temple serves as a religious center for 2 millions of Cheontae Buddhists who follow the Grand Patriarch Sangwol-Wongak. In addition, among the peaks magnificently lined up around Gukmangbong peak within Sobaeksan Mountains, the temple area lies beneath Yeonhwaji peak (Lotus Flower Area).The lotus-leaf shape of the area has given it its current name Yeonhwaji. The mysterious charm of the mountains has led to its reputation as a holy place of Mahayana Buddhism. The Grand Patriarch Sangwol-Wongak established a temple in Yeonhwaji. The mysterious charm of the mountains in 1945 as part of his vow to revive Buddhism, to protect the nation, and to save all beings. Guinsa Temple began when he designated it, Guinsa(Salvation and Kindness Temple), a place to save all sentient beings. At this time, the Grand Patriarch built a tiny thatched hut with intertwined arrowroot vines. After a period of austere practice, he achieved a complete awakening. Having opened the door to the resplendent Dharma, his refined wisdom and integrity led him to accept numerous disciples. At present, Guinsa Temple, the head temple of Korean Buddhist Cheontae Order, had stretched itself as the biggest merciful and miraculous temple in Korea. It is also known to people as the miraculous and mystic praying retreat, and is even more famous because everyones wishes come true well here.
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