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Temple Stay Programs Offer Solace During Pandemic

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SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire)Temple stays have effectively worked as a place for healing and meditation during the pandemic.

The Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism (CCKB) conducted a survey of 19,706 Korean nationals and foreigners who had participated in a temple stay, among whom 18,400 people gave an average score of 6.47 out of 7 in terms of satisfaction, up by 0.06 points since the previous year.

Among foreigners, the average score was 6.49 points, up by 0.07 points since last year.

At 55.6 percent, more than half of Koreans participated in a temple stay to ‘rest and recharge’, while 95 percent of Korean respondents felt happier and calmer after the temple stay.


For foreign participants, 33.6 percent took part in a temple stay to ‘experience Korea’s traditional culture’, followed by ‘self-examination and rest’ (21.6 percent), ‘interest in Buddhist culture’ (16.1 percent), and ‘trying out various programs at the temple’ (10.4 percent).

The CCKB offered a free four-day temple stay program for healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines against the pandemic last year. The participants showed high levels of satisfaction.

Among them, 376 respondents in a survey reported 6.4 points out of 7 in terms of satisfaction. Approximately 96 percent of all participants were satisfied with the program.

Image Credit: Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism / photonews@koreabizwire.com

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