Let’s go to… a templestay!

While the Buddha didn’t explicitly discuss the importance of photo and video equipment and their role in his path to enlightenment, I think he’d agree that we all have our own path to that realization. Recently we published a post about our Templestay at Heungguksa, a Buddhist temple here in Yeosu. We were given insight into the daily practices of a typical monk while we stayed this weekend,  from the food to the meditative practices, and came away from the experience in a much better mindset. While that post tells the story of our experience, some people don’t have time for reading words and would rather watch a video! So, here’s (a very watered-down version of) life of a Buddhist monk in South Korea.

We really loved this experience and were encouraged several times to take photos and video wherever we wanted to promote this sort of cultural experience. I was a bit apprehensive at times to record and take photos, but after doing 108 prostrations that first night, I was a bit delirious and I’m now glad to have a reminder of what all really happened afterwards. The Templestay program is a wonderful introduction into one of Korea’s most important religions and for the casual visitor offers a great place to relax in a peaceful place. We certainly thought we knew what we were in for,  but were surprised time after time. We highly recommend participating in a Templestay whether you’re a resident of Korea or simply visiting this beautiful country.

You can do it!

For information on Templestay programs across South Korea, please check out our previous post, HERE where we share how to and well as some helpful tips and tricks.


2017-03-06T09:21:02+00:00 By |Let's Go To...|4 Comments


  1. Megan Indoe June 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Aw YEA!!! The drone makes an appearance! Loved watching you guys enjoy your temple stay! And we did not get palm readings! That was an extra bonus for you guys! I am a bit jealous! hahaha, I can’t believe they told you guys that Ryan was feminine and Stephanie was masculine, ahaha WOW – also, sounds like you guys found a great tv program to fall asleep to!

    • Hedgers Abroad June 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Oh man, all of those aspects made it into quite the memorable experience. And good eye on the drone 😉

  2. Ola June 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    That’s so cool! I never heard about it before 🙂

    • Hedgers Abroad June 7, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      We had an amazing time, Ola! If you get a chance, it’s certainly something you should do in Korea. Let us know if you have any questions.

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