Experience of Korean Buddhist Temples
In Korea, Buddha’s birthday is often called Chopail or Seokga Tansinil.
It is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month.
In 2018, the date of Buddha’s birthday falls on Tuesday, May 22nd of the solar calendar.
On Buddha’s birthday, many temples hang lotus lanterns and provide free meals and tea to all visitors.
They are open to everyone regardless of gender, age and even religious belief.
Visiting Buddhist temples became one of the Korean traditional cultures.
Also, there are many visitors who go to temples to experience diverse Buddhist cultural activities.
Some temples have their own temple stay programs for the visitors.
In fact, Korea has expanded temple stay programs in preparation for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
This would allow many domestic and international participants to enjoy a unique experience in a temple.
During an overnight stay at a temple, visitors can participate in various Buddhist rituals.
They include ceremonial service, Zen meditation, monastic meal and tea ceremony.
Currently, there are about 130 temples across the nation that have opened their doors to people who seeking authentic cultural experience.