Morning Prayers with the Monks of Jokiin Temple

After a relaxing night in our Japanese-style room, we woke up nice and early the next morning. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join the monks of Jokiin for morning prayers and meditation. As guests of Jokiin, you are invited to join the monks in the prayer hall at 6am. We set up a…

Sensoji Temple

One of the most popular attractions in Asakusa is the ancient Buddhist temple, Sensoji. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple and one of its most significant. The legend says that in the year 628 AD, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, out of the Sumida River. The chief of their village…

Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha

After a boat ride and leisurely stroll around Tai O Fishing Village, we walked towards Po Lin Monastery. There were some statues, food vendors, and wild cows on the way there. The Buddhist monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province on the Chinese mainland. The main temple houses three bronze…

Jogyesa Temple

I decided to do a half day tour so I could see a couple of the most popular sights in Seoul. The first stop was Jogyesa Temple, a Buddhist temple that became the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism back in 1936. It plays a leading role in the current state of…