TempleStay Offers Ascetic, Peaceful Layover Option

Culture/History, Travel News — By John Curran on May 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm

It can be fairly stressful to find out that your flight’s been canceled. Even if the airline manages to find you a room, it’s a swirling mess of trying to reset all the points on your itinerary. One airport offers a nice respite from all of that.

If you use Korean Air, you have the option of taking a TempleStay, which can be as short as 24 hours. The mini-immersion program transports travelers to a nearby Korean Buddhist temple where they can meditate and focus elsewhere, reports the New York Times.

The TempleStay also includes three chanting services throughout the day and a tea ceremony that celebrates every aspect from leaf to first sip, according to Hanjin Travel. They even offer a two to four hour program that could be just the ticket for weary tourists on long layovers, though you won’t get as many opportunities for peaceful relaxation.

Prices are around $175 for one-day programs, the Times report notes, but if you’re in need of a longer respite to re-center yourself, you can also take up to two weeks of time at a Buddhist temple through the company in sites throughout South Korea.

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Tags: buddhist temple, Layovers, South Korea

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