Templestay Introduction

Jeondeungsa The oldest temple in this historical region …

Jeondeungsa Temple is located on Ganghwa Island, which has been a historically significant place from the time of ancient Joseon (i.e. the birth of the Korean people), until the present day. So naturally, the atmosphere is quite different than other places as you make your way up to the temple. After you get out of your car and start to make your way up the mountain, you’ll notice that it’s totally encircled by a fortress. This is the Samnang Fortress, which was designed to help protect the land from foreign invaders. You should pass through the fortress gate to enter the temple, as these days the entrance to the temple is actually what was once the old fortress gate.

It’s been said that Jeondeungsa was founded in the Goguryeo Period, during the reign of King Sosurim (381 C.E.) by the Ven. Ado, who called it Jinjongsa Temple. If it’s true, then Jeondeungsa can be considered to be the temple having the oldest history in all of Korea. During the Goryeo Dynasty, Jinjongsa fought against the invasion of the Mongol hordes, and helped bring about the revival of Buddhism. The Goryeo Royal Family set up their temporary court on Ganghwado Island after fleeing from the city of Gaeseong, and constructed a temporary palace within the temple grounds, which was a great boon for Jinjongsa. When the royals returned to the capital city of Gaegyeong, during the reign of King Chungryeol (1282), the name of the temple was changed to Jeondeungsa after the Queen made offerings of sutras and a jade lantern to the temple.

During this period of the Joseon Dynasty, when Confucianism was worshipped and Buddhism largely suppressed, Jeondeungsa didn’t lose its position as a significant temple. In the reign of King Sukjong (1678), the temple was charged with protecting the ancestral records of the Joseon Dynasty royal family, so from 1719 until 1910 Jeondeungsa’s senior monk always held the highest position of any monk in the Joseon Dynasty. Jeondeungsa currently has a Daeoongbojeon (Main Buddha Hall), Yaksajeon (Medicine Buddha Hall), and giant temple bell, among other cultural treasures. One interesting story is that on one of the eaves of the Main Buddha Hall there is the figure of a naked woman, presumably carved by the broken-hearted carpenter whom she had scorned.

Jeondeungsa’s Templestay Program

Templestay offers a unique opportunity to gain peace of mind and new cultural experiences by participating in the daily life of Buddhist monastics at a traditional Buddhist temple set in beautiful nature. Participants can choose either to follow the daily routine of monks by joining Buddhist services, communal work, formal monastic meals, meditation and dialogue with the monk, or just relax and choose whatever activities one fancies in order to have a restful time.

※ We accept reservation only from a month prior to your arrival. We prefer online pre-payment due to no-shows. Otherwise participants need to prepare cash as we do not have credit card facility and theres no ATM(domestic only).

Email: jeondeungtemple@gmail.com (your inquiries)
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/jeondeungsa
Website: http://www.jeondeungsa.org(Korean)

* Information of Templestay participation fee

Private Room - Weol Song Yo
- Ae-eo / I-haeng(1~2persons can stay)
- Dong-sa / Bang-pyeon (3~4persons can stay)
* -Adult: KRW 80,000 Student: KRW 60,000
(each additional night : Adult: KRW 50,000 Student: KRW 40,000)

Private Room - Gang Seol Dang
- Beop-hwa No.3~4 (1~2persons can stay)
- Kum-gang No.1~3 (1~2persons can stay)
- Kum-gang No.4 (3~4persons can stay)
* -Adult: KRW 70,000 Student: KRW 50,000
(each additional night : Adult: KRW 40,000 Student: KRW 30,000)

Large Room - Weol Song Yo (Dae-bang)-1~14 persons can stay
* -Adult:KRW 50,000 Student:KRW 40,000
(each additional night : Adult: KRW 30,000 Student: 20,000)


1. Additional participants stay in Weol Song Yo,
* Adult :KRW 80,000 * Student: KRW 60,000
Additional participants stay in Kang Seol Dang,
* Adult :KRW 70,000 * Student: KRW 50,000
Additional participants stay in Weol Song Yo(large room)
* Adult :KRW 50,000 * Student: KRW 40,000

◆ Paticipation Fee is exactly equal to both recuperation templestay and experiential templestay.
◆ Bank account (Jeondeungsa) : 243041-51-046091, Nong Hyup(NH) Bank
◆ Information : Jeondeungsa Templestay office : +82-32-937-0152(English, Japanese available)


Address : 635, Onsu-ri, Gilsang-myeon Ganghwa-gun Incheon
Tel : 82-32-937-0152 / Fax : 82-32-232-5450
homepage : http://www.jeondeungsa.org
E-mail : jeondeungtemple@gmail.com
Traditional Temple

Templestay ScheduleThe Templestay schedule differs from temple to temple. You can join with the following reservation.

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Templestay EpilogueCheck out some of the colorful observations by people who have joined Templestay before.more

  • Soothing Templastay in Jeondeungsa - Oct 4th~5th
  • With Pagoda lantern -on Oct 1th~2th
  • Fo find my true self... Sep 28th~29th
  • Soothing templestay at Jeondeungsa on Sep 25~26
  • Tea with a monk at the oldest existing temple in Korea!
  • In front of Main Buddha Hall - Sep 21~22
  • A hug to make you smile - Soothing templestay on Sep 20~21
  • Soothing Templestay at Jeondeungsa on Sep 13~14th
  • Kurume(久留米) Univ. from Japan - too hard to wake up at 4! Sep 11~12th
  • Korean traditional Rice cake we made! Sep 7~8th
  • Soothing templestay - Paintwork on the Hankie Sep 6~8th
  • Monastic meal at Jeondeungsa - Sep 6~7th
  • Great bell ceremony!! Aug 27~28
  • Soothing templestay at Jeondeungsa! Aug 23~24
  • Great Bell Ceremony at Jeondeungsa ! - Aug 14~15
  • Aug 10th Jeondeungsa Relaxarion Program
  • Aug 9~10 Jeondeungsa Templestay
  • Aug 4th Relaxation program
  • Aug 2 ~ 3 Jeondeungsa templestay Review
  • Aug 2 ~ 3 Jeondeungsa templestay Review
  • Aug 2 ~ 3 Jeondeungda templestay Review
  • Jul 26 ~ 27 Jeondeungsa Templestay Review
  • Jul 12 ~ Jul 13 Jeondeungsa Templestay Review
  • Jul 5 ~ Jul 6 Jeondeungsa Templestay Review
  • Jun 28~ Jun 29 Jeondeungsa Templestay Review
  • May 31 ~ Jun 01, 2014 Jeondeungsa Templestay Review
  • Traditional Buddhist temple Jeondeungsa.
  • How was the Templestay Programme at Jeondeungsa?
  • Stay at a traditional Buddhist temple Jeondeungsa.
  • We saw beautiful sunrise in Jeondeungsa.
  • in Jeongjok mountain~~~
  • We climbed up to Jeongjok mountain for walking meditation.
  • Healing Yoga
  • It was my first time to attend Yebul.
  • I really enjoyed my templestay.
  • I felt peaceful in Jeondeungsa, in the mountain, covered in a magical layer of snow
  • Feedback
  • Meet Korea's tradition, nature and your true self in Jeondeungsa
    November 17, 2012
  • Jeongjok Mountain, Past halfway up the mountain, the temple starts revealing its hidden heart.
  • It was a good experience
  • It was a good experience
  • Feedback
  • To write my experience on Jul. 14 & 15, 2012
    It was a good experience.
  • 12th May Special templestay program
  • in january, Barbara??Zitwer stay in Jeondeungsa
  • 9th may- Lander University (Incheon university international exchange group)
  • 14/4 English Temple Stay

Templestay Culture AssetsPlease make sure of which cultural assets there are.

  • Jeondeungsa Temple Yaksajeon(Yaksajeon Hall of Jeondeungsa Temple)
    Although it is said Jeondeungsa Temple was built by a Buddhist monk named Ado in the 11th year (A.D. 381) of King Sosoorim of Koguryo, its history until the middle period of Goryeo Kingdom cannot be known. It is said that the temple had been burnt away due to large fires in the 38th year (A.D. 1605) of Seonjo and the 6th year (A.D. 1614) of Gwanghaegun, rebuilding had begun in this year and it regained its original appearance in the 13th year (A.D. 1621) of Gwanghaegun.

    It is situated on the western side of the temple's main hall, Daewoongbojeon. Another hall called Yaksajeon, smaller in size and more cozy that the main hall, enshrines Yaksayeorae, a Buddha that heals the disease of all creatures. Only the records that the tiles were changed together with Daewoongbojeon in the 13th year (A.D. 1876) of King Gojong of Joseon Kingdom are shown in the Records on Renovation of Daeungjeon and Yaksajeon Halls. As it cannot be known for certain when it was built, and as the construction technique is similar to Daewoongbojeon, it is presumed to be a building of the middle period of Joseon Kingdom. The size is 3 rooms on the front side and 2 rooms on the side. Its half-gabled, half-hipped roof is similar to the shape of 八. The wooden blocks propping up the eaves of the roof are located not only on top of the pillars but also in between the pillars, a technique called the ""multi-column-heads"" style. The front side has positioned wooden blocks having the special characteristics of the ""multi-column-heads style"" in the middle period of Joseon Kingdom. The ceiling inside the building has the shape of a sharp (#), and in the surrounding areas, magnificent lotus flower designs and vine designs have been painted.

    This building, the multi-column-heads styles, is an important cultural asset for research of wooden Buddhist temple construction in Joseon Kingdom.

    * Special Information
    Name of Cultural Properties Jeondeungsayaksajeon(Yaksajeon Hall of Jeondeungsa Temple)

    It is not clear when this hall, which is dedicated to Yaksayeorae, the Buddha of Medicine, was constructed. The only available record notes only that the roof tiles of the hall were replaced in the 13th year of King Gojong (1876). The multi-bracketed eaves, the hipped-and-gabled roof, the rectangular, dressed stones of the platform-like foundation, and the tapering pillars are all typical of structures built during the middle of the Joseon period(1392-1910). However, the flat beams that usually accompany the tie beams in this kind of structure are missing.
    Jeondeungsa Temple Yaksajeon(Yaksajeon Hall of Jeondeungsa Temple)
  • Jeondeungsa Temple Beomjong(Iron bell of Jeondeungsa Temple)
    Treasures 393

    bell is in similar shape of Chinese bells in technique and method. It is longish and 164 cm in height, 100 cm in mouth diameter. At the top of the bell two dragons leaning against each other, crouch forming a spigot and around the shoulder lotus flowers are encircled.

    On the upper part of the body are 8 squares. Some statements are engraved in the longish space between each square. According to the statement it basically belonged to Sungmyeongsa Temple, Mt. Baekam, Hanam Province of china and was founded in the fourth year of the king Cheoljong (A.D 1097) of the North Sung Dynasty.

    The reason for this bell to be in Joendeungsa Temple was not revealed, but it is estimated that was taken away forcibly in the late Japanese Invasion. And it was found in arm storage after Korean Independence and carried into Jeondeungsa Temple. It is only Chinese iron bell to be appointed as a treasure in Korea and the bell has an elegant sound and significance to study Chinese bell.
    Jeondeungsa Temple Beomjong(Iron bell of Jeondeungsa Temple)
  • Jeondeungsa Temple Daeungjeon(Daeungjeon Hall of Jeondeungsa Temple)
    Treasures 178
    Although it is said Jeondeungsa Temple was built by Buddhist monk Ado in the 11th year of King Sosoorim of Goguryeo (A.D. 381), its history before the mid Goryeo Kingdom are not known. It is said that the temple had been burnt away due to large fires in the 38th year of Seonjo (A.D. 1605) and the 6th year of King Gwanghaegun (A.D. 1614), rebuilding had begun in the following year and it regained its original appearance in the 13th year (A.D. 1621) of Gwanghaegun.

    This Daeungjeon Hall, which enshrines the Sakyamuni triad, was once burnt in a large fire, rebuilt, and nearly completed in the 13th year (A.D. 1621) of Gwanghaegun. The size is 3 rooms on the front side, and 3 rooms on the side. The roofline of its ridge-shaped roof is similar to the shape of . The wooden blocks for propping up the eaves of the roof are present not only on top of the pillars but also in between the pillars, which is called the """"multi-column-heads"""" style. The material in the uppermost part that sticks out is thin and the curved lines are drawn to their extremes, thereby showing the special characteristics of construction after the middle period of Joseon Kingdom.
    Jeondeungsa Temple Daeungjeon(Daeungjeon Hall of Jeondeungsa Temple)

Templestay SightseeingThere is something to see in the vicinity of the temple.

  • Samnang Fortress and Mani Mountain
    Samnang Fortress and Mani Mountain Jeondeungsa is located within the Samnang Fortress, also known as Jeongjoksan Fortress. The fortress was supposedly built in ancient times by three sons of Korea’s legendary founder, Dangun. But actually, its style of construction is similar to methods used during the Three Kingdoms Period. It was still used as a fortress until the time of the Joseon Dynasty, and then became the site of a victorious battle against invading French soldiers in 1866. In 1976, the South Gate and supporting structure, called the Jonghaeru, were restored, and General Heonsu Yang’s memorial stele was erected, celebrating his victory against the foreign invaders. In the vicinity of Jeondeungsa is the mountain Manisan. Manisan is only 467 m tall, not a very large mountain by most standards, but since Dangun’s holy altar is supposed to be at the peak, historically it’s considered to be an important place. From Manisan’s peak, all the islands in the vicinity of Ganghwado can be seen, as well as the plains of Gimpo across the sea. For more detailed information about Ganghwado, be sure to check out the website at http://tour.ganghwa.incheon.kr
    Samnang Fortress and Mani Mountain

Templestay Map Service

1. From Seoul
1)-a: Bus No M6117 (Every 15 min.)
- From Shinchon subway station (between Hongdae University and Ewha womans university line2, green line)
→ Take a bus 'M6117' at the bus stop in the middle of the road get off the final station of M6117
→ Transfer the bus 60-2 in front of the big road and get off @ onsu-ri station and take a walk to Jeondeungsa. (about 30mins on the bus and 15mins of walking)

1)-b: Bus No 3100 (every 30 or 40 min.)
- From Shinchon subway station(line2, green line), use exit no.4 and walk straight approx 100 meters.
→ Take a bus no.3100 in front of CGV movie theater and get off @ Yang-gok station(the last stop of 3100, it takes about 80mins)
→ Transfer to Bus no.60-2 at Yang-gok stn. from the opposite side(before a green colored drugstore), then get off @ Onsu-ri station and take a walk to Jeondeungsa. (about 30mins on the bus and 15mins of walking)

※ Ask the bus driver to make sure you're heading to right direction. Simply 'Jeon-deung-sa?' with smile, then the driver will point out the station that you need to transfer at.

2. Incheon Express City Bus (Bus No 700)
Take the bus No.700 at the Incheon bus terminal and get off @ the Onsu-ri station.

635, Onsu-ri, Gilsang-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Inch

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