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Buddhist temples welcome visitors all winter

Dec 07,2003
The following is a tip on traditional Korean language and customs in response to a query from a Ms. Herderson, who wrote to us from Vancouver, Canada:

Q. Ms. Herderson:
I plan to visit Korea shortly, and I’d like to experience a Korean temple while I’m there. Would you please recommend a few good temples?

A. IHT-JAD:
Four temples in Korea offer Temple Stay programs this winter; each has other attractions nearby, as well.

Jeondeungsa, located on Ganghwa island off the west coast, offers the island’s tranquil environment and many historic sites. The cost is 50,000 won ($42) for one night and two days. Call (032) 9370-125 or go to the Web site, www.jeondeungsa.org.

Woljeongsa is at Mount Odae in Gangwon province in the east; you can hike and visit branch temples. Cost is 50,000 won. Call (033) 332-6681~5 to reserve.

Naksansa and Sinheungsa temples are located at Seoraksan National Park, also in Gangwon province. The 53,000-won cost includes hiking, a beach and ski tour, seawater sauna, park tour and local festivities.

To reserve, call (033) 651-3088 or visit the Web site at http://koreaitour.com/koreaitour/english/index.asp.


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