- I booked a night at a Buddhist temple in Seoul on a recent trip to South Korea.
- Staying at the temple gave me the opportunity to participate in various Buddhist ceremonies and meditation sessions, as well as a place to sleep and two delicious meals.
- At $ 41, the stay at the temple – one of dozens across South Korea – was one of the best deals and decisions I’ve made on a trip.
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A month after traveling in Asia, my accommodations made the bet.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I stayed in a bunk bed – the last available private room at a well-reviewed hostel that I booked at the last minute. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I accidentally booked a hotel room with no windows. (I was upgraded after two nights. Beware of the term “comfortable” when booking hotels online.) I am writing this article from a bungalow in Koh Lipe, Thailand, which overlooks the ocean.
Beach view aside, the best deal of any place I have stayed was found at a Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.
While preparing for my trip, I discovered that South Korea has a program where you can spend the night in a Buddhist temple. Intrigued, I decided to book a one night Seoul temple program for $ 41.
Staying at the temple didn’t provide the best sleep I’ve ever had or the kind of relaxation you might find on a Thai island. Instead, he presented a different kind of cultural insight than you would find in a museum, taught me how to reset my mind, and served me amazing food.
Here is why I would recommend staying at a Buddhist temple to anyone visiting South Korea.