Haeinsa, Hapcheon-Gun

See ancient scriptures carved on wooden printing blocks at Haeinsa, a Korean Buddhism shrine that's also listed as a World Heritage Site. The temple's large depository of woodblocks has survived fires and wars and remains an important part of the country's cultural and religious heritage. The temple also offers accommodations, and an opportunity to see the daily life there. Put Haeinsa into our Hapcheon-Gun route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We arrived at 15:30 for the check in, you can park right in front of the entrance of the temple unlike the hard travel tripadvisor, a road takes you there if you are by car, otherwise park in front of the museum and market or if you take the vile buses climb it to the same place next to the museum (2km) to the reception desk and 1.6km to the temple gate). The reception was good, we paid for our stay directly, we were given the outfits and showed where our room was. My husband and I had two rooms alone. A bit of a pity as they have family rooms but it had to be specified at the reservation because it sees the name and sex when booking but do not know if there is a family connection or not. At 4pm we met in a room where 2 films were screened, one with the history of the temple and its famous Tripitaka and the other with the good manners to have, all in 25'. Then dinner at 5 pm, in the presence of the monks on one side of the room and the visitors on the other. Vegetarian meal according to tradition but very well, you can tighten up if you are hungry. The dinner is followed by the beat of the drum at the end of the day and then the prayer ceremony in the presence of the monks. Time delivered after that. On the next day's program, according to the information received at the reception, rise at 4am for the drum ceremony, followed by prayer and breakfast at 6am, then free time and departure from the temple. We are informed at 6pm that there is no more program the next morning, we do what we want, we can go to the ceremony at 4am at breakfast or not, it's as we want. What we liked: the rooms are super comfortable, well equipped and heated and very clean but it is cold in winter in the mountains so bring warm clothes and a good jacket because in the temple and outside it is not heated. Remember to take a towel to wipe you as it is not provided. No need for sleeping bag, there is a duvet and everything you need, better than in ...
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  • We visited on a Saturday from Daegu using public transport and having read up in advance thought the buses would be very busy. We wer pleasantly surprised how easy the trip from Daegu was although at ...  more »
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  • The temple is located on up of the mountain so even after you take transportation to go there , you still need to walk up to reach the place.. on the sides down there's a lot of fascinating views that is like a piece of arts .. colored leaves .. red.. blue.. orange.. green.. it's amazing at spring time.
  • The temple is beautiful and I highly recommend it if you want to learn about Korean Buddhism. I did a templestay program with some friends and had a great experience. We had a monk teach us the proper way to bow and the importance and history of it. We saw the drum and bell ceremony which was very unique. You could feel the vibrations of the bell shiver through your body if you stand close enough. knowledgable They had the most energetic english guide. He was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Haeinsa. We got to enjoy a 3 vegan meals prepared by the monks. The gift shops was nice to buy a souvenir and they even have a cafe that sells teas and coffee with a variety of pastries. 10/10 would recommend if you want to experience something new and unique. The temple is over 1000 years old and has a lot of history to be learned.
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