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Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism promotes templestay in UNESCO-listed ‘Sansa’

Author: Sirima Eamtako / Date: Mon, 05/13/2019 - 01:09
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Buddhist monks with Korean Temple Food
Bongeunsa Temple

Templestay is a traditional cultural experience programme allowing participants to experience the daily life of an ascetic in a temple deep in the mountains which is full of history and Korean Buddhist heritage.

Seoul, South Korea – The Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism is promoting templestay in seven Sansa, or Buddhist mountain monastery in Korea, that have been designated as the UNESCO World Heritage sites in June 2018. 

Located throughout the southern provinces of the Korean Peninsula, the seven sansa are Tongdosa, Buseoksa, Bongjeongsa, Beopjusa, Magoksa, Seonamsa, and Daeheungsa. These mountain monasteries have survived as living places of faith and daily religious practice for more than 1,700 years from the fourth century when Buddhism was first introduced to Korea.

Many Korean temples including UNESCO World Heritage-listed sansa offer Templestay, a traditional cultural experience programme allowing participants to experience the daily life of an ascetic in a temple deep in the mountains which is full of history and Korean Buddhist heritage.

The programmes usually involve an overnight stay, experiencing early morning "Yebul" (Buddhist ceremony), "108 bae" (108 prostrations), "Chamseon" (Zen meditation) and learning how to make Buddhist prayer beads. All meals are vegetarian diet the monks eat.

Currently, a total of 137 temples across the country offer templestays including 27 temples which are offering programmes in English and have English-speaking interpreters.
 

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