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This August 25th – 27th, go from ascetic to hedonist in 2 Days for only KRW 150,000.

Ready for two extremes? Here’s the perfect getaway for those of you who want to experience a Korean Temple Stay and all the reflective austerity that it involves, then enjoy a relaxing day in the Gwangju’s nicest international hotel.

It all starts at 3 pm, when you check in at Jeungsim Temple, where you’ll be spending the first night. You’ll spend the day learning about the temple’s history and Buddhism, you’ll have a traditional Buddhist dinner and spend the evening meditating. You’ll be in bed by 10 pm so that you’re ready for your 4 am wake up call (er, bell) and the following meditation session. Breakfast is at 6, and then you get to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and the company of the monks and your fellow travelers before lunch at 11:20.

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Sounds like a tremendous cultural experience, doesn’t it? And that’s just the beginning. By 3 pm you’ll be checking into the lovely Holiday Inn Gwangju, where you’ll be given plenty of free time to enjoy the luxurious hotel and its surroundings – and your bed. Try out the modern 2nd-floor gym or head for a swim in their indoor swimming pool or a dip in the sauna. Then after you’ve had your rest and exercise head on out to try Korean food in the most famous place in the world for Korean food at great prices.

During this weekend, there’s also a terrific free World Music Festival happening nearby. Only 10 minutes from the temple and 20 minutes from the Holiday Inn, both nights you can head out to hear terrific music late into the evening.

This 3-day, 2-night retreat, with most meals included and free concerts is only KRW 150,000 per person! Amazing, huh? This unique opportunity is available August 25th – 27th, and rest assured that if you sign up, there will be plenty of English-speaking assistance available. Don’t miss this rare chance to experience so much of one of Korea’s greatest cities.

You can register at the Temple Stay Website, but they ask that English speakers also email them at [email protected].

Temple stay not your speed? Holiday Inn Gwangju is also offering a special package for customers planning on attending the Gangjin Celadon Festival in August. Package includes stay at the Holiday Inn Gwangju Hotel, a breakfast buffet, and even a special gift!

If you can’t make it to either of these events, have no fear! Holiday Inn Gwangju is always partnering with traditional temples in Jellado. If you would like updates on upcoming events and packages, you can subscribe to the mailing list by clicking here.

Holiday Inn Gwangju offers accessible lodging with friendly staff and an assortment of promotional deals. Whether it’s for a temple stay or cultural festival, Holiday Inn Gwangju is your destination when staying in Jeollanam-do.

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