Golgulsa Temple

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Gyeongju, South Korea
Golgulsa Temple - No caption needed.  His face says it all.
Golgulsa Temple - Ancient rock carving of the Buddha, it's been here about 1500 years.
Golgulsa Temple - Ancient rock carving of the Buddha, it's been here about 1500 years.
Golgulsa Temple - Ancient rock carving of the Buddha, it's been here about 1500 years.
Golgulsa Temple - Watching a Sunmudo demonstration.
Golgulsa Temple - The main gate to Golgulsa
Golgulsa Temple - The main gate to Golgulsa

Golgulsa Temple Gyeongju Reviews

cynthiasmiller cynthias…
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A meditation and martial arts temple experience! Mar 23, 2014
Golgulsa was a totally new temple experience for me, and so worth it! It is actually a very new temple, only about 25 years old or so. The current abbot of the temple built it from the ground up about that long ago.

What sets this temple apart is the teaching of Sunmudo, the Korean martial art heavily connected with Buddhist teachings. It's really a combination of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and dance, so it's really beautiful to watch. It's a martial art that's meant for meditative purposes, rather than to make physical contact with anyone.

Any visit to the temple is free, and worth the trip, but I recommend doing a temple stay. It costs 50,000 won a night and it includes all the meditation and teaching from any other temple stay, but you also get Sunmudo training, and you get to see a demonstration by the more advanced practitioners.

The temple welcomes long-term guests, I actually saw a few westerners who had been there for a couple of years.

To get to the temple you have to take bus 100 or 150 from downtown Gyeongju. Get off at the Golgulsa/Girimsa stop and walk 1 kilometer away from the main road. It's an easy walk, so don't let the fact that it's so isolated turn you off. It's well-marked with signs that are easy to find, and they're in English.

So if you find yourself in Gyeongju, do yourself a favor and visit this temple, you won't be disappointed!
The main gate to Golgulsa
Ancient rock carving of the Buddha…
No caption needed. His face says …
Watching a Sunmudo demonstration.
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