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Poleinahole
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jun. 2024 • Par
We enjoyed our half day temple experience.

The archery, meditation and martial arts experience were a great and active introduction to this temple’s way of life.

The instructors were kind and explained things in English. Facilities in the main hall were very clean and there was a new shower and toilets (with toilet paper!). Note, there are no lockers for people doing day only experiences. But the lady monk who did the archery and meditation training let us use a staff locker.

We didn’t find the walk up the hill or activities overly strenuous and we are about 60.

Mrs. Kim explained where to go clearly at check in and showed us the various buildings on the security camera.

The only thing that could be improved is to have toilet paper at the toilet at the entrance to the temple rather than a sign saying “we don’t provide toilet paper”! Some people have been traveling a while to get here…:)

We didn’t find the shops (it’s a temple open to the public) overly commercial.

We are very grateful to Golgusa for providing this experience.
Skrevet 8. juni 2024
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Zuzana161
Bratislava, Slovakia325 bidrag
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mai 2024 • Familie
The best part of our journey around Korea. We were with 3 children and they loved all. Even wake up at 5:00 am and morning praying. It is really experience you have to try! Food was fresh and very tasty, staff very friendly. We loved everything, food, praying, yoga class, sleeping at the floor on futons, walking meditation. It is really unforgettable. Thanks for all :)
Skrevet 12. mai 2024
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Hoadjie
Gisborne, Australia311 bidrag
4,0 av 5 bobler
mai 2024 • Venner
Came here on a tour and we stay a night

An amazing experience. If you can't sleep on the floor not for you. We had a thin mat to sleep on so basically on the floor but the floor was heated so you didn't get cold

You had a program you could do involving meditation and yoga

Dinner and breakfast where okay it is vegetarian food only

Had a walk up the hill to see the Buddha carved into the rock which was amazing but a lot of steps up to it. Now when they're wet that can be quite slippery
Skrevet 11. mai 2024
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5,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2024 • Par
We did a daytime temple stay. Mrs Kim was very accommodating, even allowed us to change dates with only one week notice. It was just us 2 for most of the day! We recommend visiting on a weekend when the sumundo demos are even better, including live music!
Food was great!
Mrs Kim helped us book a taxi so we could make our train. She booked it for 6.20pm. We could have done with it being a little later as we only had 10 mins to eat dinner and the food was really yummy!
Thanks all for a great day
Skrevet 6. april 2024
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wrussel
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5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2023 • Par
Golgulsa temple stay was a deeply meaningful and profound experience. I don’t say that lightly or with any exaggeration, and, I would give the experience as many stars in the sky as I could.

Before I explain, it is worth addressing certain negative reviews and their blind spot. These reviews forget that the Temple provides housing, food, and an entire day of scheduled activities, as well as access, for the equivalent of about $80.00 US Dollars per day. Where will you find better value in an OECD country? 2-hour city walking tours, or virtually any other tourist or cultural experience, often costs more for a lot less. Based on room and board alone, the price is amazing value. Yet so many of the reviewers overlook this. I point this out to properly contextualize the experience.

Back to my review. The setting, the schedule/activities, people, and food, are lovely and fascinating.

THE SETTING AND SCHEDULE/ACTIVITIES.

Golgusa temple is a picturesque and cozy scattering of buildings in the hills of the Korean countryside. During your stay, you're crossing paths with the monks and others who take care of the temple, fellow temple stayers, the two cute dogs, and at times, a few horses that nibble on the grass. The accommodations are sparse and functional, though the heated floor is warm and comforting.

In the early morning, as you walk to the 5:30am chanting and mediation, you'll hear the music of the monks’ chanting playing softly in speakers throughout the grounds. There's a beautiful and haunting atmosphere as you amble slowly towards the chanting hall for early morning chanting and mediation, followed by walking mediation and breakfast.

If you stay multiple days, you do two sitting mediations per day. Like everything else at the temple, the more time you devote, the more you understand the practice and the benefit of sitting mediation. By day 3 even, it felt so different and so much better than the day 1.

Unlike other temples, Golgulsa is the home of Sunmudo, a unique form of Korean martial arts, that also serves as yoga, slow movement or Qigong, and mediation. For westerners, Sunmudo’s closest equivalent is Shaolin martial arts. The important thing to note is that this is also a form of “dynamic” mediation, that complements the “sitting” mediation that most people are familiar with. Like the sitting mediation, you do two sessions of Sunmudo, which are physically challenging and technically difficult. The people that compared these sessions to gym class or P.E. are trivializing it. Despite having an athletics background, I 100% must have looked silly during these sessions and couldn’t do much properly. But, by treating this as a form of dynamic or active mediation, the benefits began to dovetail very nicely with the sitting mediation, and are part of the Zen Buddhist goal of trying to make the body and mind one through breathing. Back to my normal life, I’ve incorporated many of the movements in my workouts to improve strength, flexibility, and calm. This is also why Golgulsa offers something other temple stays do not (though I'm sure most, if not all, are wonderful worthwhile experiences).

As the review by TashaNSW (my wife) noted, there is a full schedule:

4:30 am: Wake up to attend morning service at 5:30 am (it takes about 15 minutes to walk uphill). Please respect that you are in someone else's house and don't be late.
After you do sitting meditation, then walking meditation.

6:00 am: Breakfast. Food, like others have said, are mainly vegetarian/ vegan. They do serve toast with cheese for breakfast.

7:00 am-8:30 am: Nap ;)

9:00 am-10:20 am: Sunmudo class. Each time the Sunmudo master would vary the class slightly depending on the groups physical abilities and amount of people.
**Of note- on the weekends there is the option to also go to the beach for a small additional cost. I'd highly recommend this. One of my favorite times was doing sitting meditation on the beach (listening to the birds, waves, wind, and feeling the sun on my face. It was heaven.)

10:20 am: Morning chanting service.

11:00 am: Tea with a monk (for a Q&A session)

12:00 noon: Lunch

2:00 pm: Sitting Meditation

3:00 pm: Sunmudo Masters demonstration. You should go each time. They vary the demonstration and they are amazing!

4:10 pm: Orientation. We did go to all of the orientation classes to review but we also learning something new each time.

4:30 pm: Second Sunmudo class

5:40 pm: 108 prostrations (we did this each day to try to show respect and humility).

6:00 pm: Dinner

6:30-8:00 pm: Free time

8:00 pm: Lights out {some of the best sleep I've ever had)

Yes, it does repeat for those that stay past one day. But that’s kind of the point, in that you can practice, and metabolize by repetition, and enjoy everything deepening. And it was never boring because every day also felt different. The instructors, primarily Tao and Master Woong, incorporated different lessons each day. This is why we attended the orientations, demonstrations, and time with the monks every day even though it was technically optional.

THE PEOPLE.

This gets to another benefit that some may not appreciate. These are incredible, incredible people! Our entire time, from Day 1 to Day 6, the people at Golgulsa temple had such kindness, patience, good humor, and wisdom. Of course, they will be firm in correcting you when you do something wrong, but each person exudes a calmness and solidity that perfectly demonstrates the value of their way of life. Even if I didn't leave a better person, it was worth spending a week with such good people.
I want to give an especially big recommendation for Tao, who is the best!

The FOOD.

The food is simple and vegetarian Korean food, and incredibly satisfying. And because you are told to only take what you can eat, though you can eat as much as you need, you’ll feel better eating this type of food. Like everything else, every meal feels both the same and different in a comforting way. Meals were also a nice chance to connect with some interesting people also staying at the temple.

CONCLUSION.

The big point for me is that the Temple Stay is a challenging experience, that differs fundamentally from other “tourist” things in that it requires more of your mind, body, and soul. If you’re looking for something to passively enjoy and consume, there are, of course, other things you’d want to do. Like other modern travelers, I’ve enjoyed those types of things as well, including on the same trip prior to the Temple Stay. But to return to the beginning of this review, this really was a profound experience and something that I value incredibly and continue to think over.

Of all the things I’ve done on my travels, staying at Golgulsa Temple may have been the best experience of them all! I mean that sincerely.
Skrevet 8. desember 2023
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TashaNSW
Honolulu, HI35 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2023 • Par
The people at Golgusa are kind, hard-working, caring and live what they teach.

You need to keep an open mind. Keep expectations in check for where you will sleep and shower. You'll need to bring shampoo, conditioner, face cream, lotion, etc. They will provide towels, dial soap, toothpaste, as well as a thin mattress and comforter to sleep on. You can pay slightly more for a private room.

Ideally, you should stay longer than the one night and two days that most people do to get a better experience.

My husband and I stayed for 5 nights and 6 days.

If you're interested here was our typical schedule while we were there (if not, skip over it, but I tried to provide a few tips as well):

-4:30 am: wake up to attend morning service at 5:30 am (it takes about 15 minutes to walk uphill). Please respect that you are in someone else's house and don't be late.
After you do sitting meditation, then walking meditation.
-6:00 am: breakfast. Food, like others have said, are mainly vegetarian/ vegan. They do serve toast with cheese for breakfast.
-7:00 am-8:30 am: nap ;)
-9:00 am-10:20 am: Sunmudo class. Each time the Sunmudo master would vary the class slightly depending on the groups physical abilities and amount of people.
**Of note- on the weekends there is the option to also go to the beach for a small additional cost. I'd highly recommend this. One of my favorite times was doing sitting meditation on the beach (listening to the birds, waves, wind, and feeling the sun on my face. It was heaven.)
There was another morning service at 10:20 am but sadly we never made it because our morning training always went until 10:20 and we did not want to walk in late.
-11:00 am- tea with a monk (for a Q&A session)
-12:00 noon: lunch
-12:00-14:00: free time
-14:00 sitting meditation
-15:00 Sunmudo Masters demonstration. You should go each time. They vary the demonstration and they are amazing!
-16:10 orientation. We did go to all of the orientation classes to review but we also learning something new each time.
-16:30 Second Sunmudo class
-17:40: 108 prostrations (we did this each day to show our respect).
-18:00: dinner
-18:30-20:00- free time
-20:00: lights out

Although each day was the same schedule, there were slight variations in meals, what we experienced, and learned. You will get an amazing workout too walking up hills, hiking, and Sunmudo training.

There are also two off the beaten path short hikes one can take (if you ask the staff how to find them). One close by the check in office, the other close by where Sunmudo classes are held.

We went in early December so it was cold- however, a benefit of this is that we had 3 to 15 people in our group at a time. It allowed for more one on one interaction. They told us during the summer there can be 50-70 people each day.

My sincere thanks to the people at Golgusa. Honestly, I think it was one of the best experiences in my life.
Skrevet 6. desember 2023
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Natasha G
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3,0 av 5 bobler
okt. 2023 • Venner
The temple stay is very basic as per the monk's lifestyle, therefore expected as such. Only feedback would be a slight upgrade to the bathroom facilities.

We had a warm welcome and itinerary explained in the office, where clothes (very comfy!) and bed sheets were provided.

The food was ample and very tasty.

All the members working there were warm, welcoming, helpful and informative if asked any questions.
Skrevet 16. oktober 2023
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Aisling W
Galway, Irland4 bidrag
1,0 av 5 bobler
okt. 2023 • Par

This had really good reviews so clearly people enjoy it however it was definitely not for us. We booked for 2 nights and were so disappointed with the experience we left after night 1.

When we arrived we were automatically given a 1 night itinerary. When we said we were booked for 2 nights we were told we would just do the same activities both days. This means we would complete 2 orientations, 2 intros to training etc. If you are offering a 2 night package then it should differ from the 1 night version and build on it. The only additional activities (horse riding and archery) cost even more money.

I expected the experience to be uncomfortable and challenging and that I would learn more about Buddhism, the temple and the life of a monk. In reality we were told nothing about the history of the temple, the relevance of anything we did, the training process etc. In terms of experience with monks we were just told to copy what they do and not to join in in any chants (despite being given prayer books).

I also expected this to be an intimate experience with a smaller group (based on photos). In reality at least 50 other people stayed which made the whole experience feel very commercial. The number of people in the dorms means a lot of noise, lights and snoring so we only got about 2 broken hours of sleep - most people looked exhausted in the morning.

You are given a lot of alone time which would have been a good opportunity to teach people more about Buddhism and the temple. Realistically everyone is so exhausted after not sleeping all night they try to nap during these breaks just to keep going.

The itinerary states you will get guided meditations in the morning including a guided meditation walk. The walk was more of a sprint up the hill for sunrise where the guide told you to look at the sky then make your own way to breakfast.

There is very little guidance overall and you are effectively left to either figure out yourself where to go or try follow the people who are on their 2nd or 3rd night and know the itinerary.

At the start of the orientation the guide acknowledged that most people had little knowledge of Buddhism and were here to learn yet there was no information provided. To get the most out of this you would need to have a strong foundational understanding of the religion, the training etc.

Given the cost of the stay, the conditions of the facility were disappointing in particular the appalling hygiene of the bathrooms. The one next to the male dorm was so awful it made people gag.

The only redeeming factor is that the surrounding area and drive there is beautiful.
Skrevet 6. oktober 2023
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Benjamin
Innsbruck, Østerrike143 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2023 • Par
Very interesting temple stay, where you can learn a lot about life in the temple and the sport Sunmodu. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. The temple stay is definitely on the sportier side, which is what you should want (bring suitable clothing and shoes). The morning service at 5:30 was a great experience.
Skrevet 29. august 2023
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Calivol
Fremont, CA5 bidrag
2,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2023 • Par
I was rather disappointed. While the location is beautiful the whole experience was over commercialized. They had at least sixty people and only a few monks. The monks did not interact with us at all. The mediation was very basic and most disappointing the martial arts training was like an eighth grade PE class. (Jump frog crab crawls etc)

On a positive note food was very good. Bed was comfortable.

Would not recommend

Many people expressed disappointment how commercialized and impersonal it was.
Skrevet 15. april 2023
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