10 Chiin-ri, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
An Overnight Stop on the Road to NirvanaWho knows, you may achieve enlightenment during a visit to one of Korea’s Buddhist monasteries or temples arranged through Templestay. At the very least, you’ll get a better understanding of the country’s culture. Buddhism first arrived in Korea in the fourth century, via China, where it became intertwined with the country’s shamanistic practices—many temples are in stunning locations once associated with Sanshin, the Mountain Spirit. Visit the Templestay website and after you have shared the dates of your visit and what you hope to get out of your stay, you’ll be given suggestions of temples to include on your itinerary. One-night stays start at around $20 and include the chance to experience monastic life alongside the residents, from gardening and daily chores to participating in tea ceremonies, qi gong exercises, and meditation sessions.