[Seoraksan Baekdamsa] Learn to meditate: 5-day intensive study

One night two day program, Gwangwon-do

Price List(Won)

Days Adult(20+)
One night two day program 350,000 KRW

Program Information

Learn to meditate: 5-day intensive study

Korean Buddhist study has a long history under Seon (Zen) tradition. You start an inner search with a question called Hwadu, which is given from a Seon master. This five-day course will guide you how to meditate under Korean Seon tradition. This program is more focused on sitting and walking meditation, more than just relexation through a templestay.
The program is based on a daily routine of a Buddhist monk, starts from 3 am to 9pm.
You will experience a traditional monastic life more than just a temple stay, not quite the same as Buddhist monk's life but very similar.



Time Title
14:00~15:00 Room assignment
15:00~17:00 Introduction & Interview
17:00~18:00 Meal time
18:00~20:00 108 Prostrations
20:00~21:00 Dharma talk about Seon meditation


Time Title
03:00~03:30 Getting up & Preparing for early morning ceremony
03:30~05:00 Yebool & 108 prostarations
06:00~09:00 Meal time, Ulyeok(Communal work) and Haeng-seon(Walking meditation)
09:00~10:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )
10:00~11:00 Learning Balwoogongyang (monastic meal)
11:00~13:00 Balwoogongyang (monastic meal )
13:00~14:00 Haeng-seon (Walking meditation)
14:00~17:00 Cham-Seon (meditation) & Dharma talk
17:00~18:00 Meal time
18:00~19:00 Wash & Ulyeok (Communal Work)
19:00~20:00 Da-Seon(Tea Ceremony)
20:00~21:00 Haeng-seon (Walking meditation)


Time Title
03:00~03:30 Getting up & Preparing for early morning ceremony
03:30~05:00 Yebool & 108 prostrations
06:00~09:00 Meal time, Communal Work and Walking meditation
09:00~11:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )
11:00~14:00 Balwoogongyang (monastic meal ) & Haeng Seon
14:00~17:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation ) & Dharma talk
17:00~19:00 Meal time & Shower
19:00~21:00 Da-Seon (Tea Ceremony) & Walk


Time Title
03:00~03:30 Getting up & Preparing for early morning ceremony
03:30~05:00 Yebool & 108 prostrations
05:00~06:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )
06:00~09:00 Meal time, Communal work and Haeng seon
09:00~11:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )
11:00~14:00 Balwoogongyang (monastic meal ) & Haeng Seon
14:00~15:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )
15:00~17:00 Interview
17:00~19:00 Meal time & shower
19:00~21:00 Da-Hoon (Tea Frangrance) & Walk


Time Title
03:00~03:30 Getting up & Preparing for early morning ceremony
03:30~05:00 Yebool & 108 Prostrations
05:00~06:00 Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )
06:00~08:00 Meal time & Communal work
08:00~11:00 Da-Seon (Tea Ceremony) & wrap-up
11:00~12:00 Meal time

108 Prostrations

The practice of Buddhism is by lowering myself. Bowing is to take refuge in The Three Jewels (the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sanga), respect for others, and keep a humble mind in Buddhism. 108 defilements represent the worldly sufferings. One bow purifies one defilement

Balwoogongyang (monastic meal )

Balwoo are bowls containing a moderate amount of rice and vegetables. Balwoogongyang is a traditional way of eating a meal for Buddhist monks and nuns. It is not only the manner of eating but one of the processes of practice. Therefore it is also called Beop-gongyang. Balwoogongyang involves the spirit of Equality, Cleanliness, and Thrift because everybody shares the same food equally, cooked in a clean environment and there is no waste. Balwoogongyang has symbolic meaning representative of Buddhism from Sakyamuni Buddha period to present. You can learn the wisdom of nonpossession.

Cham-Seon ( Seon meditation )

Seon meditation is to cut off all thoughts. Through Cham-Seon, you can learn mindfulness and concentration. Cham-Seon is the important method of Korean Buddhist practice. We hope you look for your true nature with concentration and observation through learning the basic of Cham-Seon at the head temple of Seon sect, Bongeunsa.

Da-Seon(Tea Ceremony)

It is one of the meditations to practice of mindfulness and concentration through brewing and drinking tea. Tea and meditation are the same that is why it is said Da-Seon-il-mil. When you drink tea, your five senses work at the same time. Your eyes see the color, ears hear the sound of water, nose smells the fragrance, the tongue tastes the flavor of the tea and your hands feel the warmth of the cup.

Getting up & Preparing for early morning ceremony

Haeng-seon (Walking meditation)

Introduction & Interview

Meal time

Room assignment

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.

What to prepare

Toiletries, towels, hot water bottle and any warm clothes including a hat and globes if necessary. Baekdamsa usually have heavy snow in Winter and colder than other places in the S. Korea. * Please remember that a sleeveless shirt, flip-flops, and slippers are not recommended. * Temple uniform (a vest and pants), soap, toothpaste are provided during the stay.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

  • Please leave your contact detail with email address and tel. or mobile phone number. You will need to receive an email from us in order to confirm your booking.

    Please let us know if you need to pay by cash upon arrival.

    The payment is fully refunded if you cancel your booking prior to 7 days from the starting date.


  • Precautions

    Please avoid drinking alcohol and smoking in the temple.
    Please turn off your mobile phone and leave it to the office during your stay.

    You can take the shuttle buses from Yongdaeri to Baekdamsa enterance
    or walk up to here, which takes around 1 hour and half or 2 hours for 7km.

    Enjoy the peace with untouched deep mountain. Good luck!

Way to Temple

How to get to Baekdamsa

Public transportation


From Seoul: Take a direct bus from East (Dong) Seoul express bus terminal → Get off at Baekdamsa (Yongdae-ri) Bus stop → walk up for 1km towards Baekdamsa shuttle bus stop → take the shuttle bus to Baekdamsa

From Sokcho: Take a bus from Sokcho bus terminal to Baekdamsa (Yongdae-ri) → get off at Baekdamsa (Yongdae-ri) bus stop → cross the road and walk straight up for 1km to shuttle bus stop → take the shuttle bus to Baekdamsa

* Shuttle bus operation time varies depending on the weather condition such as heavy raini or snow. Please check the detail with the ticket office (033.462.5009) or Templestay office (033.462.5035 Eng.)

Contact Info

  • +82-33-462-5035 baekdamsa@hanmail.net

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