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“Brilliant to visit excelent to stay”
Review of Golgulsa Temple

Golgulsa Temple
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 the well connected tourist city Gyeongju makes it both accessible and secluded, the temple buildings, rock carved Buddha and surrounding scenery work brilliantly together and look fantastic in autumn colours. The program is well laid out and easy to follow, you'll take part in meditation, chanting services, archery, (archery and mediation are done on alternate days but if you arrive before 2 O'clock for one the first day your allowed to stay for the other the next day before you leave.) the 108 bows, a tea ceremony during which you have the chance to speak with one of the monks facilitated brilliantly again by Luna and of course you'll also get both to watch a demonstration of Sunmudo and to join in two training sessions. These sessions are fun and exhausting involving stretches, meditation, exercise, game type activities (team races and the like were you'll be hopping, wheel borrowing and tiger walking around) as well as punching and kicking. If you're not the sporty type don't let this put you off, while the sessions are taken seriously they are also done in very good spirits and as long as you throw yourself in and try your best you'll be fine. Similarly with the other activities the most important thing is to have a go and try, you may find getting up at four for the morning chanting, or bowing 108 times difficult, for me clearing my mind and meditating was probably the most difficult as it's something I have no experience of but the more you put in the more you'll enjoy and get back from the experience. Ok so the program and temple are great but what about the other facilities? Well happily these are also very good, my room was spacious, warm and the fold out mattress was more comfortable than most hostels and guesthouses (the pillow was one of the best I've had throughout Asia). They have wifi (not in the rooms) but I found being disconnected a pleasant extra to the experience, Showers are connected to the rooms and there's a laundry room. The food, you get 3 meals and they are excellent. Meals are vegetarian, buffet style with the most important rule being that once you put it on your plate you must finish it, no waste, so take some and go back if you wish but trust me you wont have a problem finishing it's delicious. If you do have any problems or questions the staff are friendly and helpful just ask.

3  Thank John S
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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!

2  Thank Alex N
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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 temple were kind, passionate and i felt well-taken care of. If you are into Sunmudo practise, the monks would be able to guide you in-depth. 3 meals a day for this temple stay and all were interesting and sumptuous each time. The tea sessions were precious, like everyone who made it possible.

2  Thank TLPatsy
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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.

3  Thank Ladybug322
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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
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