Seoul, South Korea and NEW YORK, August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Templestay has begun allowing international visitors to experience Korean traditional culture. More than 6 million people have participated in the program over the past 20 years, including more than 650,000 non-Koreans. Notably, the nationalities of the international participants totaled 205, more than that of the UN member states. It shows how much interest foreigners have in Templestay.
What draws all these people from many different countries to join the program? A 2021 survey conducted by the Korean Buddhist Cultural Corps found that the number one motivation for participation was “interest in traditional Korean culture.” At Templestay, visitors can experience the daily life of a monk in a mountain temple where the 1,700-year history and culture of Korean Buddhism is still alive. It is an excellent way to feel Korean Buddhism and traditional culture.
If visitors want a more memorable experience, Templestay at a “Sansa” or mountain Buddhist monastery is recommended. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its value in preserving the history and culture of Korean Buddhism. Among the seven temples on the list, visitors can stay in Tongdosa, Beopjusa, Magoksa or Daeheungsa.
Also, visitors can spend a day at a temple with diverse cultural heritages, including Haeinsa, home of the Tripitaka Koreana in Janggyeong Panjeon, the UNESCO World Heritage Site; Bulguksa displays the essence of Korean Buddhist architecture and Bongseonsa guards Gwangneung Forest, which is registered as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Visit Templestay’s English website (eng.templestay.com) for detailed information and reservations.
Meanwhile, Korean Buddhism Cultural Corps is holding a promotional event for Templestay and Temple Food in new Yorkthe USA, from August 27-28 in the Lincoln Center Atrium for visitors to try out the program before visiting Korea. You can get information and advice about Templestay there. Both days will also feature the food demonstration and tasting at the temple of monk Jeong Kwan, who received worldwide attention for Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.” If you live in new Yorkattending this event would be a great way to learn more about Templestay.
Event Reservations Homepage: https://kbcw.us/.
Monk Jeong Kwan and Baekyangsa