Gilsangsa Temple is a temple that opened in 1997, built on the very spot of the former restaurant Daewongak. Located in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, the temple is considered to have one of the best trails in the city for relaxing walks amid abundant nature. Gilsangsa Temple is famous as the residence of the late Zen Master Bopjong who practiced musoyu (“non-possession”) and visitors can stop by Jinyeonggak where monks’ images and articles are displayed. The temple also features Gilsang Sunwon and the House of Silence, which are special meditation halls for Buddhist monks, the latter being a space dedicated to practicing personal devotion through Zen meditation and musical contemplation. Gilsangsa Temple is not limited to Buddhists but is open to all visitors, and the site is a major attraction of Seongbuk-dong. Visitors can participate in the templestay program operated by Gilsangsa Temple, which includes a tour of the temple, a tea ceremony, temple meals and time for Zen meditation.
Address: Gilsangsa Temple (Jogye Order), 68, Seonjam-ro 5-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Directions: Exit 6 of Hansung Univ. Station (Line 4) → Transfer to ‘Seongbuk 02’ village bus → Get off at ‘Gilsangsa Temple’ bus stop
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