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October 27, 2021
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Temple stays in South Korea

To get the most out of your visit to Korea, spend a night in a Buddhist temple. An influx of visitors for the 2002 World Cup prompted the government to ask monasteries to open their doors. And they've since stayed open. Although the programs differ slightly from temple to temple, most stays start in the afternoon, are 24 hours long and are designed to introduce visitors to the basic tenets of Buddhism. Currently, 73 temples welcome overnighters and five offer English translation. A good choice is Lotus Lantern, home to the monks of Jogye, the main order of Korean Buddhism. It's located in the countryside, but just an hour from the Seoul subway. $55 a night, though some can be up to $100 a night. Travel costs roughly $10. (011-82-2) 732-9925.

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