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Golgulsa Temple

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Address: San 304 Andong-ri, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 780-890, South Korea
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I recommend this Temple stay!

This experience is quite unique, and I would recommend a Temple stay here after doing a fair amount of research in advance of selecting the location. Be prepared to be pushed... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This experience is quite unique, and I would recommend a Temple stay here after doing a fair amount of research in advance of selecting the location. Be prepared to be pushed with the 4am wake up and martial arts training--much of it put me outside of my comfort zone (activities, accommodations, food) yet it is a rewarding experience and you... More 

1 Thank Heathwake
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40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend temple stay at Golgulsa. Moon, the coordinator is extraordinarily sweet, friendly and helpful. There is a schedule of activities and I would suggest getting there in the early afternoon so you can partake in them all. The tea ceremony with Grandmaster was a great experience and I enjoyed listening to his stories and anecdotes. I... More 

1 Thank Evian_10
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Did a one day temple stay here and really enjoyed it. I had not originally planned to stay here, I was visiting to watch the Sunmudo performance but after seeing the signs and speaking to the extremely helpful and informative Luna I decided to stay. The temple itself is perfect for this type of program, an 1 hour bus from... More 

1 Thank John S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed here with two friends for chuseok. It was great fun; wonderful grounds, really interesting explanation of Buddhist practices, meditation and of course sunmudo (martial art) instruction. Would recommend!

1 Thank Alex N
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Did a 2 nights stay and thoroughly enjoyed it. For someone who does minimal amount of exercise, this is just the thing for me. Yes i had to take extra time to climb the slope but the ambience and climate is simply wonderful in the early hours of the morning. I forgot about moisturisers. The Abbot and guardians of the... More 

1 Thank TLPatsy
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21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

If you can climb rocks and steep hills this is perfect for you. You can even see a martial arts demo by the residing monks. Very impressive. Lots of history.

1 Thank Ladybug322
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

Amazing place to enjoy a temple stay. Combination of Buddhist monks and martial arts (Sunmudo) is a quaint but excellent experience.

2 Thank Wilbert A
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Visited here 15 years ago and had great memories of what it was then. Unfortunately for us, it's become a must see tourist destination and we feel lost some of its soul. It's still a place you must visit, but it was over run with school children and paved pathways.

1 Thank jbeton
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

We did a short temple stay. It was a very nice introduction to the idea of temple stay, some light activity and meditation. Communal vegetarian meals, I found them basic but tasty. Rising early to chant and do walking meditation, remarkably relaxing and peaceful. The grounds are lovely, though hilly. I only agreed to do this to give my husband... More 

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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Together with my teenaged kids, we did an overnight stay at Golgulsa. Booking of the stay was super easy and done by email with quick confirmation. We chose Golgulsa as it appears to be one of the only (if not the only temple) that offers martial arts sessions on top of just meditation. The temple is not difficult to find... More 

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