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Haein-sa

Practical information on Haein-sa

  • Mountain
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Unesco World Heritage
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
One and a half hours by bus from Seoul
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Haein-sa

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

One of the most famous temples of Korea, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

My suggestion:
You can spend the night in a temple of the region and share the daily life of the monks for a few hours, as well as their meals and a session of meditation. Like everywhere, it is cash only and towels are not included.
My review

Situated in the midst of the mountains, this temple is one of the most famous in the country and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is renowned as the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, a set of wooden tablets on which Buddhist texts were written to protect the kingdom from the invasion of the Mongols. It is the oldest sacred scripture in the world and has been preserved over the centuries thanks to specific processes.

The buildings are impressive and the atmosphere is peaceful and encourages meditation and relaxation. There are a number of hermitages in the surrounding area, amidst the forest and mountains.

Quite a few hikes are possible, including the ascent of Mount Gayasan, which offers some beautiful landscapes.

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