Popular temple stay programs around Korea will be expanding support for foreign visitors during the latter part of 2012. Sixteen Buddhist temples will be offering a variety of English-language temple stays ranging from two days to one week or longer. The programs immerse visitors in temple life, allowing them to join in Buddhist prayer services, meditations, communal work, and philosophical discussion. Other English-language experiences on offer will include monastic meals, tea ceremonies, and handcrafting of lotus lanterns for Buddha’s Birthday.
The authentic overnight temple stay programs have been one of Korea’s most popular tourist destinations for years. Temple stays are operated by the Jogye Buddhist sect, which hopes that the expanded foreign-language services will encourage more overseas visitors to participate in these culturally enriching getaways. http://eng.templestay.com/