- Yakchunsa Temple
- Yakchunsa Temple stands against the backdrop of Halla Mountain, to the east of Jungmun, where the Pacific Ocean lies in open view. The springwater of Yakchunsa has been known since ancient times to quench thirst and cure illnesses, and water is treasured by the locals. Venerable Hyein founded Yakchunsa in his plans for a great temple that would make Buddhism more prominent. Work on the compound was began in 1981, while construction on the Main Buddha Hall began in 1988. The Buddha Hall, the Five Hundred Arahat Hall, the Beomjongru, the Beopgoru, and the Yosache halls were built over eight years, and were completed on September 15, 1996.
- Jikjisa Temple
- Taking a look at myself…
The region of Gimcheon, where the temple Jikjisa is located, is halfway between Seoul and Busan. The Seoul-Busan train line and the Seoul-Busan Expressway also pass by the area. If you enjoy train travel, then definitely visit Gimcheon as soon as possible, since there’s a frequent local bus waiting for you in front of Gimcheon Station that will take you right to Jikjisa. Jikjisa’s history spans more than 1600 years. It was founded during the reign of Shilla King Nulji (418 C.E.) by Ven. Ado, and during the Joseon Dynasty the temple’s influence was so great that it even owned part of downtown Gimcheon. The name “Jikji”, which means “Pointing directly”, comes from an expression in the Seon (Jap: Zen) School, “Pointing directly to Original Mind.” It also refers to the fact that Ven. Ado pointed out that this spot was a good location to build a temple. And finally, it can mean that during the Goryeo Dynasty, temples weren’t built using rulers, but instead measurements were taken by hand (“Ji” also means “finger”.) At the entrance to Jikjisa is a small park that people use as resting place, which goes to show how luxuriant the forest surrounding the temple is. Not only that, but within the temple grounds there are various flowers and trees that bloom at different times of the year and make the place really magnificent. And of course, people want to stay as long as they can in the ancient temple buildings. There’s a story that if you see the Baby Buddha first when you go into the Vairocana Buddha Hall that you’ll give birth to a son, in other words good things will happen to you.Jikjisa’s Templestay ProgramThere are two kinds of programs in Jikjisa Templestay. One is 'Looking straight into my heart', experiential Templestay through which you can experience Korean traditional culture and Buddhist monks' lifestyle. The program is proceeded various schedules for example, buddhist chanting ceremonies, doing meditation and hiking to the small temple with the monk and making 108 prayer beeds including three meals. Another program is 'Tranquil Templestay for relax', resting-style Templestay. This program has no fixed schedule except three meal times and chanting times a day. You can have a rest and recharge yourself. Search for inner peace and harmony with beautiful natural scenery and temple's unique atmosphere. Sometimes, there are also group Templestay programs suitable for businesses or institutions. More detailed information can be found.
Templestaywrite what one experiences
- Unexpected Win Leads to Refreshed Mind, Body at Tongdo Temple 2010.07.22
- I was sitting in the office, reading the paper, when I noticed a competition where one could win a ``templestay.' Though I had heard of this before, I had never really considered going on one. On a whim, I decided to answer the easy question online, thinking no more about it.
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