Our Temple stay at Myogaksa in Seoul

If you go to South Korea one of the things that you MUST do is a Temple Stay :)
The temple stay is a program that allows people to stay in a temple for two days and 1 night to experience the life of a Buddhist monk and the Korean Buddhist habits.

We booked our stay at the Temple Stay information office in Seoul. This temple stay was with out any doubt a highlight in our trip to South Korea! We had the chance to get a better understanding about the Buddhist religion as well as experience all the rituals that compose one day in the life of a monk!

The first step when entering the program is to wear the Buddhist clothes, 

We had a name tag with our names spelled in Korean :)

Everyone getting ready for the first session,

After learning about the Buddhist practices we had the chance to do the ringing of the bell ceremony, 

After we headed to the temple to sing,

The celling is full of lotus flowers,

After the singing we had to finish our 108 bead prayer necklace

The time arrived for dinner!! the food was just amazing!!!

During dinner you are not supposed to talk, you just need to enjoy your meal and eat everything, most of all avoiding to waste food!

From the temple´s high ground we have an amazing view of Seoul,

Next step was to learn how to meditated! since the next morning before breakfast at 6am we would have 1 hour of meditation

After it was time to get some sleep as tomorrow we woke up at 5.30am!

Rise and shine!!! time to prepare for the meditation! one the beginning it was quite difficult to keep completely still for 1 hour! but it is quite nice, to try to empty our mind,

Next we went for a walk and meditation!

Time for the breakfast, which was as amazing as the dinner!!!


The last event we had was the tea ceremony! Antonio was the tea master :) in our group!

The first step is to clean the tea set with hot water,

After you start preparing the tea,

Our temple stay in Myogaksa was amazing! just a nice experience to get a better understanding about the Buddish religion and practices!


  1. Gostei muito. Deve ter sido uma experiência inesquecível

  2. Hello you :)

    Hope all is right for you !! We are late to see all the pics but waouh, so nice and we want to do the same trip :)))

    We are in Luxembourg now, all is right, and for the new year we will go on Tenerife, under the sun :)

    All the best for next trip and we will take some pictures of Canaries Island for you :) Yes probably not so interesting that what you see ;)


    Sarah & Guy

  3. Hi Sarah and Guy!
    I´m glad to hear that you are doing great :)
    Tenerife looks really nice! beach and relaxing :)
    We will be spending new years in Saigon in Vietnam :)

    All the best!!
    Juana and Antonio

  4. What a great overview and excellent photos! I'm just back from a templestay at Myogaksa and this brings back wonderful memories!

  5. Thank you! it was an incredible stay :) we also have really great memories! :D


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