- Hwaeomsa Temple
- A Templestay program blessed by nature all four seasons of the year…
The temple Hwaeomsa is a holy place of enlightenment spread over an area of the mountain Jirisan, which is sacred to the local people. The temple was founded during the reign of Baekjae King Seong (544 C.E.) by an Indian monk named Ven. Yeongi. Through its 1500 year history, Hwaeomsa has not only kept Buddha’s teachings intact, but also Korean history, culture, and tradition. In accordance with this long history, the temple has many cultural assets, and can even be considered the “Treasure storehouse of Jirisan.” Most of the important temple buildings are in the area around the main courtyard, and while overall the temple is quite snug and intimate, it still has a majestic air about it. At the same time, other temple buildings situated on a higher elevation don’t block the view at all, and leave the whole area quite open. The Gakhwangjeon Hall is the largest of any surviving Buddha Hall in Korea, and according to legend, a poor old woman who was reborn a princess built the building as an offering. The stone lantern in front of the Gakhwangjeon is also the largest in Korea, and while being rather imposing it also has a subtle, refined quality about it. However, when people go to Hwaeomsa, there is one place they sometimes forget to visit, the “Hyodae” located on the hill behind the Gakhwangjeon. If you ascend the elegant stairs and follow the path up, you’ll come to this stone lantern and a pagoda adorned with four lions. The stone lantern looks like a monk, and the pagoda looks like his mother it seems as if the monk is making offerings to his mother. The pagoda was said to have been built in order to praise the filial piety of the temple’s founder, Ven. Yeongi.Hwaeomsa’s Templstay ProgramHwaeomsa is a place to give your chaotic mind a rest and discover your True Self amidst incredible natural surroundings. Here, the clear waters of the Seomjin River meet the beautiful scenery of Jirisan Mountain. Hwaeomsa runs a variety of seasonal programs based on the changes in nature. Some of the notable programs include a walk through the wheat fields in February, a visit to the Cornelian Cherry Festival and rafting along Seomjin River during cherry blossom season in March, preparing wild green tea leaves in April, a Seon training program in the summer and winter, a trip for families up Jirisan in June, Five Days Under the Moonlight during Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Enjoying the Autumn from September to November, Christmas in the Mountain Temple, and a New Year’s program held at Nogodan peak on New Year’s Eve. The newly-introduced 3 Temples 3 Colors Program will bring you to three different temples where you can stay a night each. With facilities to accommodate 200 people at once, there are also programs that focus on g
- Naesosa Temple
Naesosa’s Templestay ProgramAside from the standard, freestyle and Seon Meditation Templestay programs, Naesosa offers something a little different. The Templestay trekking program combines hiking and practice so as to commune with beauty of nature in such a way that is suitable for inner contemplation.
- A thousand year old temple that will revive both your mind and body…
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- Temple Stay was a very interesting2010.09.16
- Temple Stay was a very interesting experience. I enjoyed learning and experiencing Buddhist life style.
I would have liked to learn more about Buddha's history. The evening and morning musical ceremony was AMAZING!
I enjoyed the talk with one of the student monks. 108 bows was very exhausting but I am proud to say that I completed it.
Also it was nice to learn meditation by a wise monk!
Thank you for welcoming us.
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