[Hwagyesa] Experience Program

Experience Templestay, Seoul

Price List(Won)

Days Adult(20+) Student(up to 19)
Experience Templestay 50,000 KRW 40,000 KRW

Program Information

Experience Program

Experience Templestay Program consists of a Hwagyesa Temple Tour, Meditation, Chanting Ceremony, Tea Time with monk etc. Sometimes making a prayer beads and a lotus lanterns may also be included as part of the experience program.
Experience Program is offered an every weekend mostly.


First day

Time Title
13:00~13:30 Registration
13:30~14:00 Orientation
14:00~15:00 Temple tour
15:00~16:30 Walking Meditation (trekking)
16:30~17:30 Temple Dinner
17:30~18:00 Bowing Instruction
18:00~18:20 Yebool
18:20~20:00 108 Prostrations and Making 108 prayer beads
20:00~20:40 Learn to Cham-Seon & Ice breaking, wishlist
21:00~04:00 Light Out

Second day

Time Title
04:00~04:30 Wake up
04:30~05:00 Yebool
05:00~07:00 Cham-Seon (Seon meditation)
07:00~08:00 Temple Breakfast
08:00~08:30 Ulyeok (Communal Work)
08:30~09:30 Experience of Korean Traditional Culture
09:30~11:00 Conversation with Monk over tea

Temple tour

Temple tour is not only visiting the Buddhist temple but experiencing Korean Buddhism and culture. Korean Buddhist temples have been the bedrock on which brilliant Korean culture has been blooming over the past 1700 years since Buddhism was first introduced to Korea. Various Buddhist cultural properties including the structure, architecture, sculpture, art, craft, Buddhist painting and Dancheong (temple paintwork) contain the teachings of Buddha.

Ulyeok (Communal Work)

Ulyeok means working together. It is also called Unyeok which means gathering individual power like cloud. In secular world, labor means a part of our life but especially in Seon sect., Ulyeok has another meaning, that is one of the important practice in the Buddhist temple. There is a famous story about Ven. Baekjang, who was a Buddhist monk in Tang Dynasty, China. Despite his age 90, he did Ulyeok everyday. One day, his disciple worried his teacher’s health. So he hid his teacher’s plow. And then Ven. Baekjang didn’t have a meal that day. His disciple asked him the reason why he did not eat whole day. Then, Ven. Baekjang said, “A day without work, a day without food” This story refers that practice does not separate from our daily life.


A day of the temple begins with Yebool. Yebool is a ceremony that we pay respect to the Sakyamuni Buddha, Bodhisattvas and all his diciples. It provides a chance for self-reflection of practice. In the Buddhist chanting, it states that Buddhists take refuge in Buddha, Buddha’s teachings and Shangha (the community of Buddhist monks and nuns), and wish to be Buddah through constant practice. While you are listening to Buddhist chanting, you will feel calm and have a peace of mind.

What to prepare

* A uniform ( a vest and pants ) is provided during the stay. * What to bring : toiletries including towel, 1 personal water bottle, loose clothes for sleep, an extra t-shirt, sneakers and socks. Remember that a sleeveless shirt or flip-flops are not recommended.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

  • Refund
    3days before : 100%
    2days : 50%
    1days : 10%
    the day : regard as participating


  • Please keep the Temple’s rules and regulations for the program.
    Please keep the noble silent during your stay.
    No smoking, no drinking alcohol.

Way to Temple

By Bus

- Take the blue bus 151, 121 or green 1165
- Get off at Hanshin University
- Walk up the road leading towards the mountain until you reach the temple of Hwagyesa.

By Subway

- Take the subway #4.
- Take off at Suyu station to exit #3.
- Take the green bus #02 and get off at Hanshin University
- Walk up the road leading towards the mountain until you reach the temple of Hwagyesa

By Ui Light Rail

Take Ui Light Rail, get off at Hwagye Station, and go out through Exit 1,and across the road to Exit 1.
Walk toward Hwagyesa Temple for about 15 minutes.

Contact Info

  • 8:30~17:00
  • 82-2-900-4326 hwagyets@templestay.com

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<October 2019>


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