Seoul Capital Area

Gilsangsa Temple: True Love Story

Gilsangsa Temple has a relatively short history, it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul, attracting many locals and international visitors alike.
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Gilsangsa Temple has a relatively short history, it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul, attracting many locals and international visitors alike.


True Love Story: Gilsangsa Temple


Gilsangsa Temple has a relatively short history, it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul, attracting many locals and international visitors alike. The temple also serves as a downtown cultural space by offering variety of Buddhist programs like temple experience, classes on Buddhist teachings, and temple stay.

It is a temple in the middle of Seongbuk-dong, famous for its Buchon. It was established in 1997 and has a unique history of fairy-tale(high-class Korean-style restaurant) changes into a temple, although history is not long.

Kim Young-han, the owner of the fairy(high-class Korean style restaurant) ‘Daewongak,’ is said to have read the Beopjeong monk’s and got the deep impression, so he begged him to accept fairy.

In the month of Buddha’s birthday every year, thousands of lanterns are hung to show off their beauty, and the temple’s interior is so lovely that it’s good to a quiet stroll.

Jinyeonggak houses, where the late Buddhist monk Beopjeong lived, have the monk’s portrait and relics, and is frequented by people who remember him and love him.

 In the month of Buddha's birthday
In the month of Buddha’s birthday

Baekeok and Jaya


Baekseok and Jaya: Kim Young-han, the owner of Daewongak, was a giseang(Korean geisha) named “Jaya.”

She is also famous for being the lover of poet Baek Seok, the famous poet and defected to North Korea after liberation from Japanese occupation of Korea.

“Even 100 billion won (approximately 7,000 square meter of fairy land) is less worthy than a single line of his poetry” she said to Buddhist monk in response to a story about gave away her wealth that she had accumulated throughout her life.


Activity Information
[Gilsangsa Templestay]
One day program: Traveling to find myself in the city

– Last Monday of each month
Program: Temple etiquette, making Buddhist prayer bracelets, tea ceremony etiquette, temple tour, 108 bows

Experiential program: Weekend travel for finding myself (2 days 1 night) – The third and fourth weekends of each month
– Temple tour, tea ceremony and conversation, Buddhist meal service, Buddhist service, 108 bows, etc.

Reservation: gilsangsa.or.kr

Templestay: +82-3672-5945
– Subject to change. Make an inquiry before visiting.

Parking Facilities
Available (Parking lot tend to be overcrowded, the use of public transportation is recommended.)

Restrooms
Available

Facilities for the Handicapped
(Separate) Restrooms


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