Temple Information 'Naesosa'

  • Address : 243 Naesosa-ro, Jinseo-myeon, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, Korea
  • Tel : +82-63-583-3035 / Fax : +82-63-583-7284
  • E-mail : naesosa2@templestay.com

Templestay Introduction

NaesosaA thousand year old temple that will revive both your mind and body…

Naesosa is over one thousand years old temple located at the westernmost tip of Korea on the magnificent Byeonsan Peninsula. The temple’s name carries the following meaning “May anyone who comes here revives their life.” The temple was founded during the reign of Baekjae King Mu (633 C.E.) by Ven. Hyegu Duta, and was originally called Soraesa temple. No one really knows when the name was changed to Naesosa.

Once you step through the Iljoomun (One Pillar Gate), the fir trees stand towering above the forest road. They emit a distinctive fragrance that seems to purify our minds from daily drudgery. The Daeoongbojeon (Main Buddha Hall) is admired for its elaborate architectural style and it is famous for elegant decorative flowery patterns on the door frames. Inside the Main Buddha Hall there is a painting of a white-clad Gwanseumbosal figure. If you stare into its eyes, it seems to follow you wherever you go. There’s a legend saying that if you make a wish while looking straight into the figure’s moving eyes, the wish will come true.

There’s also a fascinating story concerning the colorful Dancheong (decorative painting) in the building that is quite well-known. When the construction of the Buddha Hall was completed, an artist volunteered to paint the interior, under the condition that nobody looks inside the hall for a period of one hundred days. On the 99th day, a young monk who couldn’t restrain his curiosity any longer, peeked inside the hall and saw a golden bird grasping a brush in its peak and flying around, painting the interior. Surprised at his appearance, the bird stopped painting and flew away. To this day, one side of the hall remains bare and unpainted.

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Naesosa's Templestay Program

  • Free-style Program

    [Naesosa] Relaxation


    Naesosa opens repose-type templestay all year round except for group reservation day. Participants stay at least one night at the temple and relax & enjoy their time freely in accordance with daily te...

  • One day Program

    [Naesosa] Temple Life


    Temple Life is a one-day experiential program which is focused on one or two activities. It usually takes about 3~4 hours. This is another option for the people who can not stay overnight at the templ...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] Trekking


    Trekking Templestay is a program through which participants can stay in a temple and enjoy commune with nature. Unlike a mountain hiking which requires some serious efforts to reach the mountain peak,...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] Trekking for Tree-planting day


    This is a special trekking program which is provided only in Apri 2017. There are many scenic tourist attractions nearby Naesosa in the Byeonsan National Park. We will go to the mountain and plant so...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] Meditation


    This is a special program for the ones(foreigners) who want to know how to meditate and to experience various meditation - sitting, walking, forest, tea etc. It would help you to have break from daily...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] New Year's Trekking for 2018


    " Trekking & Templestay: Human and assimilation with nature"! We go for trekking to the seashore. We choose the Byeonsan seashore pathway called 'Ma-shil-gil'. We can see the tranquil scenery of the...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] Painting Art ('Dancheong')


    Naesosa Temple's Main Buddha Hall has a lot of beautiful & delicate paintwork of which patterns are flowers, birds ,or instruments. It also has traditional lattice doors and wall paintings containing ...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] Mandala


    'Mandala' is originally to express the enlightened world by means of colors & patterns. This is a salt painting which represents symbolic universe. The participants choose or draw their own mandala pa...

  • One night two day program

    [Naesosa] Trekking : Seasonal Special


    This is a seasonal special trekking program which is provided only in February 2017. There are many scenic tourist attractions nearby Naesosa in the Byeonsan National Park. Among them, there is a beau...