'Temple Stay Week for Foreigners' in Korea Nov. 5-30
The Korean Buddhist Cultural Foundation will hold a ‘Temple Stay Week for Foreigners’ to introduce Korean traditional culture to foreigners staying in Korea from the 5th to the 30th of this month.
During this period, a Temple Stay can be experienced at up to an 80% discount at 39 temple stays across the country, including Busan’s Beomeosa and Hongbeopsa Temple.
These programs include temple tours, Buddhist culture and etiquette classes, meditation, wish making and balwoo gongyang(communal Buddhist meal service). Participants can also have friendly conversations with monks and learn about tea ceremonies during some temple stays.
Participation in temple stays has become a popular way of taking a break from regular life and giving foreigners staying in Korea an opportunity to experience Korean traditional culture.
The Foreigners Temple Stay Week program is conducted in English, and some temples can be conducted in Japanese, Chinese, and French.
Most programs consist of an experiential type and a relaxative type stay that are one day programs or one night and two days.
The schedule and type are different for each temple, so you can check the details at Temple Stay English website.
Busan Temple Stay Information
Beomeosa Temple — Offered November 17-18
Hongbeopsa Temple — November 11-12, 16-27