The International Seon Center is a Korean Buddhist temple of the Jogye Order. It first opened its doors on November 15, 2010. In the Center, both locals an foreigners can experience the true essence of Korean Buddhism and Ganhwa Seon Meditation through a various temple programs.
The International Seon Center is a Seon (Zen) meditation and Buddhist propagation training center as well as a learning facility for Buddhist cultural practices. The overall aim of the center is to promote awareness of the inherent value of Korean Buddhism and its practices to the global community. Located in the Mokdong District of Seoul, the architectural design of the center was inspired by the 9-floor Hwang-Ryong Temple of Geyongju built during the Silla Dynasty. It was during this dynasty that Korean Buddhism was at its most active in its wish for an international exchange and spread of the spirit of its ascetic culture across continents. It was also with such a spirit that the center was officially opened on November 15th in 2010.The center contains a templestay facility, a large prayer hall, and a culture and education center, and provides templestay programs, seon lectures, traditional Buddhist temple cuisine cooking classes, tea ceremonies, and many other programs and activities which aim to provide a living experience of traditional Korean Buddhist culture. To cater for the needs of international visitors, Korean to English interpretation is provided throughout many of the center's activities. The center is continuously developing a residential templestay and templelife program to offer direct experience of Korean Buddhist culture for both Koreans and international visitors. In order to further promote the practice of Seon meditation throughout the world, the center holds academic seminars, exchanges ideas with different religions, facilitates international study exchanges, and regularly holds forums on Buddhist studies.
With a mission to raise awareness of traditional Korean Buddhist culture, the first floor Buddhist Restaurant in the center offers traditional Buddhist temple cuisine. The restaurant teaches traditional recipes, the art of tea meditation and gives lectures on various aspects of Buddhist culture, therefore introducing new and innovative ways for the contemporary person to experience and learn more about Buddhism.
Times and Schedule:
Daily Service Information: (Mon ~ Sat, Sun) <With an exception on Sun. Afternoon>
Early Morning Dharma Service: 04:30 ~ 05:30
Afternoon Dharma Service: 10:00 ~ 11:00
Night Dharma Service: 18:00 ~ 19:00
Sunday Dharma Service and Dharma Talk:
Every Saturday at 19:00
Gongyang (Meal) Times:
Breakfast: 6:00 ~ 7:00
Lunch: 11:00 ~ 12:00
Dinner: 17:00 ~ 18:00
Monday ~ Friday 7:00 ~ 18:00
Sat, Sun 8:00 ~ 14:00