Golgulsa (Golgul Temple)
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So after saying good bye to Master Choi Young and Chong Ho we got on a bus heading for the east coast. Got to kyoung gju quite late, phoned Svein Ivar, Cecilie's Norwegian friend who is a Sunmudo instructor and lives at the temple. ( Sunmudo is the Korean martial arts which is being practised at the temple) We were going to meet him at the temple but he said we should come the next morning. It would cost 40 000 (240 kr) won from 5 o'clock in the afternoon till lunch the next day. Since we'd stayed a little longer than planned at master CY we figured we should only spend one night at the temple to stay on schedule. So for the time being we checked in at a motel for 40 000 won for both of us and wow! It was worth the money!!! We had the best time in a nice room with a flat screen tv, a computer with internet, a huge bed, a fridge, a water cooler, a jacuuzi (never mind the spelling.
Next morning we packed our bags and got to the temple around 2 pm. Walking up the hill we were quite nervous, didn't want to do something terrible, break temple rules and get 15000 push ups as punishment. Not to fret, though, the people there couldn't be nicer :) A welsh girl named Kayte (pronounced katie) met us at the top and showed us the office and got us checked in. Turns out she's working there while training to be a sunmudo instructor. She's been here a year now and has one to go. She has a bunny rabbit living in her room and is therefor considered quite strange by the locals because in Korea, bunnies are for eating.
Walked up the veeery steep hill to check out the main shrine before dinner at 5 pm. Our first sunmudo training began at 7:30 pm with a little bit of chanting first at 7. It was awsome!! all these jumps and kicks and super athletic people just spinning around like it was nothing :) We did our own thing with some other temple stay people and learned some tai chi and sunmodo routines. Wonderful!!! Finished at 9 and went straight to bed, wake up is at 4 am....
So, this is the temple schedule:
4 am: wake up call (someone comes gonging and chanting outside your door and refuses to go away until you've turned the lights on)
4:30 am: 30 minutes chanting in the main shrine (which of course is located at the very top)
5 am: 30 minutes meditation (full lotus position everyone)
5:30 an hour of walking meditation (at the crack of dawn)
8:30 90 minutes of Sunmudo training (after a little power nap.
10 am: 108 bows
10:30: 30 minutes sitting meditation
11 am: teatime
2 pm: 30 minutes sitting meditation (AGAIN!)
3 pm:working together (sweeping the road, picking weeds etc)
5:20 DINNER (last meal of the day)
7 pm: chanting
7:30 : sunmudo training 90 minutes
10 pm bed time
So, next day we follow the schedule till lunch and realise that there's no way we can leave so soon. So we pay for another night and keep training and having so much fun. Svein Ivar (also known as Mu Jong, his buddhist name) is usually busy so we only get to see him once in a while. But we find a really good friend in Kayte, she's telling us all sorts of usful stuff and invites us to her room at night to have tea and chat.
But Andrew is really the sweetest guy and just hilarious... We all have a really good time at the temple and before we leave, since they have Sundays off, the four of us (kayte, Andrew and us) decide to skip out after Saturday night training and head into the city for a chimchill bang (sauna and bath house where you can spend the night.
next day we meet up with kayte and her boyfriend to eat at mr Pizza. No more temple food!! anette has a serious craving for pizza but Cecilie just loves temple vegetarian yummie food and is a little bit sad about leaving it behind. Time to say good bye to kayte and we just rip it off like a bandaid and comfort ourselves with the thought of seeing eachother in May when we come back to stay longer :) Andrew is so sweet and comes with us to the bus station where we just hang out to stay together as long as we can. We miss them so much!!! And the poor thing had to get up really early this morning and is so tired he almost falls over BECAUSE!!!! AND GET THIS ITS THE FUNNIEST CRIME EVER!!!!!:
So, rewind about 12 hours, time for us to leave the temple.