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Godowon Healing Center

Godowon Healing Center
깊은산속 옹달샘 아침편지 명상치유센터

 

There is “Morning Letters from Godowon,” starting the day for 3.6 million people with mail with short, meaningful thoughts and episodes every morning. Godowon Healing Center is a meditation healing center established by the writer Godowon with donations from members. The center, located in the deep woods of Jajubongsan in Chungju, is reminiscent of a small village with more than 10 scattered buildings in unique and charming colors all over the forest. These buildings, established one by one with donations since the opening in 2009, are used for accommodation, a meditation hall, library, and food laboratory with characterful designs. They have more than lovely designs. The buildings, constructed carefully in an environmentally friendly manner with rice straw and red clay, even provide you with good health. In the “white sky house,” a ger-type meditation place where you can feel sounds more vividly by amplification, you can have a peaceful time with meditation.
In the “house of sharing,” you can experience the happiness of a meal with a table full of seasonal food. In the “dream over dream library,” which is filled with donated books from the founder and members, you can get new lessons from a book. While you are listening to the sound of wind while sitting in the open-air bath of Ongdalsaem green spa, which is made with red clay, natural stones, and cypress trees, it feels like the old fatigue stacked up inside the body and soul are all washed away.

Ongdalseam stay, understand pause for a moment

The core of Godowon Healing Center is meditation. It focuses on sparing time out of complicated urban life to meditate and gaining heart-warming energy with love and gratitude from meditation. The most impressive event here is the “pause” time, when you can stop all work and have time to be immersed with a gong alert. You should stop walking and moving with the gong alert even while you were going for a walk in the forest with a “morning guide” who leads meditation. If you take a pause, you can hear all the sounds of birds, wind, falling leaves, and the breathing of your neighbor more vividly. After a couple of practices, you can hear the sounds of nature, and eventually, the sounds of your own heart. The gong of pause even rings in the middle of meals for a moment. You can feel the mix of food inside your mouth and feel the delicate smell of the food in front of you. The pause will present to you inexplicable feelings and impressions.

If you want to experience the time of immersion for one night or more, you can apply for “Ongs,” Ongdalsaem stay. The Ongs program has seven different options for specific programs based on preferences with the basic idea to have meals to revive people and meditate and relax in nature. If you are sick of complicated relationships with people, “Mung stay,” where you don't have to communicate with anybody and be zoned out with a badge of silence is recommended. “Food stay” to revitalize the tired body with organic natural meals made with special healthy recipes or “spa fasting stay” to remove gluttony and completely empty the body and soul is prepared as well. All Ongs programs have unique characteristics. At first glance, the programs seem solemn, but if you experience them in person, you can discover your real self with a serious approach and also get unexpected, valuable lessons.

If you are looking for teenager camp, try Lincoln School

Meditation and healing are not only for adults. Godowon Healing Center runs Lincoln School, a healing camp for teenagers. Topics can be different such as camping to find a mentor, camping to find the book of life, or camping to develop a creative personality, but the general theme remains the same: to treat the bodies and souls of teenagers and to tend to their wounds.

INFORMATION

  • +82-1644-8421, +82-43-723-2033
  • 09:00~12:30, 13:30~18:00 (Open from Tue~Sat)
  • Reservations are mandatory
  • Happy family mind travel KRW 320,000 (2 persons),
    Ongdalsaem one-day meditation KRW 120,000

The above information is valid as of Dec. 31, 2017

 

After restoring your energy through various meditation programs at the Godowon Healing Center, the impressive Jungangtap Pagoda and glittering lights from Light World will welcome you.

[Day 1] Incheon International Airport 140 km, 2 hr and 10 min by airport limousine bus Chungju Bus Terminal 26 km, 1 hr and 30 min by foot and bus Moonsung Recreational Forest 560 m, 8 min by foot 25 Must-Go Wellness Spots Godowon Healing Center 14 km, 21 min by taxi

[Day 2] Jungangtap Park 6.1 km, 30 min by foot + bus Tangeumdae Overlook 680 m, 10 min by foot Chungju World Martial Arts Park and Chungju Light World

Exciting Experience in the Refreshing Forest
Moonsung Recreational Forest

Moonsung Recreational Forest is a place where you can enjoy a variety of dynamic activities. You can either take a walk or ride the monorail to enjoy the ecological forest, which is home to quince, plum, and crape myrtle trees. For a more thrilling experience, you can try the zip line. The water playground, which opens in July and August, is shallow enough for children to play in. In the wood culture experience zone, you can try making wooden crafts. Reservations are mandatory.

 

191, Useong 1-gil, Noeun-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-870-7911 / msf.cj100.net

True Healing Space Deep in the Mountain
Godowon Healing Center

Godowon Healing Center is a tranquil space located inside the Moonsung Recreational Forest. The center is run by Mr. Go Do-won, who operates the “Morning Letters from Godowon,” a website that e-mails meaningful quotes from books to its subscribers every morning. The center offers a variety of mediation programs including a meditation walk, a one-day meditation, a book meditation, and a fasting mediation. The key to all meditations here is “brief pause”—when you hear the gong sound, you have to stop whatever you are doing. If you hear the gong sound while walking in the forest, you should stop and listen to the sounds of nature. If you were having a meal, you have to pause and concentrate on the harmony of ingredients. If you want more than one day of healing, you can apply for the Ongdalsaem Stay where you sleep in an eco-friendly lodging facility built with rice straw and red clay. The overnight stay includes one of the six themed stays of your choice. The stay programs include Spaceout Stay for those who want to unwind their overworked brains; the Nature Meditation Stay for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and rest fully; and the Fasting Stay for those who want to empty their burdened minds and bodies. You should not also miss the Green Spa, a hot spring for meditation. The spa has a hot-and-cold bath facility where you can alternate between hot and cold baths, an open-air bath where you can enjoy lush green landscapes, and a sauna that will help release your tight muscles.

 

201-61, Useong 1-gil, Noeun-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-1644-8421, +82-43-723-2033 / Tuesdays–Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Sundays and Mondays) / Brief Pause Mediation (one night and two days): KRW 220,000 / www.godowoncenter.com

Trace of Korea’s Ancient History
Jungangtap Park

Jungangtap Park is a historic site that has traces of the ancient kingdoms of Goguryeo, Silla, and Baekje. Also called as “Jungangtap Pagoda,” the Seven-story Stone Pagoda in Tappyeong-ri, Chungju (National Treasure No. 6) is located inside the park. The stone pagoda, dating from the late 8th and early 9th centuries, is the largest stone pagoda among the stone pagodas of the Unified Silla period that remain. Various facilities, including a sculpture park, Chungju Museum, and a musical fountain, are also found around the pagoda. On the east side, a circular bike trail of Tangeumho Lake stretches along Namhangang River with a picturesque view.

 

11, Tappyeong-ri, Jungangtap-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-842-0532

Background of a Sad History
Tangeumdae Overlook

Tangeumdae Overlook is a scenic spot where Daemunsan Mountain, Namhangang River, and Dalcheon Stream meet. It is said that the great, ancient musician Ureuk used to play the gayageum (twelve-stringed zither) while lamenting the loss of his nation here. The two-story Tangeumjeong Pavilion is where General Sin Rip fought to the death with Japanese invaders during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592. Below the pavilion is a stiff cliff, Yeoldudae. The view over the cliff, called “Tangeumgyeong,” is one of the eight sights of the Hangang River. Other attractions include a pine tree trail, a monument, and a sculpture park.

 

105, Tangeumdaean-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-848-2246

Exhibition of World’s Martial Arts and Feast of Lights
Chungju World Martial Arts Park and Chungju Light World

This place represents Chungju, home to taekkyeon, which is a traditional Korean martial art. The park exhibits materials related to not only taekkyeon but also other martial arts from around the world. Chungju features other attractions including a stone maze garden built with dornicks from the Namhangang River, the character theme park Larva LAND, a wooden playground, and Chungju Light World. Dazzling light structures with the themes of famous fairy tales from around the world and Chungju’s tourist attractions captivate visitors. A media show runs every hour in the evenings.

 

Chungju World Martial Arts Park

19, Hanbang expo-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-647-1011 / Summer: 9:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.; Winter: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) / www.expopark.kr

24, Namhangang-ro, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-1522-1258 / 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. / Adults: KRW 15,000; Students: KRW 13,000 / www.lightworld.co.kr

TIP icon Travel Tips

Chungju Tour by Bus

Tour buses run between the major attractions in Chungju. Three different routes are available, and you can get on and off the bus freely with a single ticket.

Route A

City Hall → Terminal → Chungju Station → Tangeumdae Overlook→ Seven-story Stone Pagoda in Tappyeong-ri, Chungju (Jungangtap Pagoda) → Exhibition Hall of Chungju Goguryeo Monument → The old house of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a traditional market → City Hall

Route B

City Hall → Terminal → Chungju Station → Mireukdaewon Stone Temple Site, Chungju → Haneuljae Pass → Songgye Valley → Chungnyeolsa Shrine → The old house of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a traditional market → City Hall

Route C

City Hall → Terminal → Chungju Station → Water Cultural Center → Chungju Ecology Experience Museum → Mokgye Quay → Seven-story Stone Pagoda in Tappyeong-ri, Chungju → The old house of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a traditional market → City Hall

Operation Hours

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturdays from May–October)

Fees

Adults: KRW 5,000; Free for children under the age of 12

Inquiries

+82-43-857-7644
 

Website

www.chungju.go.kr/tour
 

 

Chungju Tour by Bus

In Chungju, buses do not frequently operate around major attractions. You can use taxis instead, which are fast and convenient. If you cannot find taxis near you, you can hail one by phone.


· Chungju Call Taxi 279, Yeseong-ro, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-854-5800

· 1004 Call Taxi 18, Saemal 1-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-855-1004

· KT Call Taxi 18-2, Sinchon 13-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do/ +82-43-843-5005

· Seochungju Call Taxi 176, Cheomdansaneop-ro, Daesowon-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-843-9977

bag icon Recommended Wellness Tours

Chungju Nature Tour Full of Forests and Lakes
Godowon Healing Center > 20 km > Mokgye Quay > 9.3 km > Tangeumho International Boat Race Course

· Mokgye Quay 29-1, Donggye-gil, Eomjeong-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-853-1929 · Tangeumho International Boat Race Course 150, Jungangtap-gil, Jungangtap-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-850-2991

Chungju Walking Tour along the River, Forest, and Field Paths
Godowon Healing Center > 13 km > Jungangtap Park > 12.6 km > Binae-gil Course 1 > 100 m > Neung Am Sparkling Water

· Binae-gil Course 1 17, Saebaji-gil, Angseong-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-850-3612 · Neung Am Sparkling Water 37, Saebaji-gil, Angseong-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-844-2020 / www.neungam.com

Recommended Restaurants

· Jungangtap Jangsunejip : whole duck soup with scorched rice / 112-5, Jungangtap-gil, Jungangtap-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-855-3456

· Unjeong Restaurant : freshwater snail hangover soup / 3432-1, Jungwon-daero, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-847-2820

· Tangeumdae Wang Galbitang : short rib soup / 35, Neungbau-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-857-8577

 

Recommended Accommodations

· Chungju Grand Hotel : 3496, Jungwon-daero, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-848-5554

· Hotel Film 37.2 : Korea Quality / 17, Yeonwon-ro, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-842-

· Suanbo Saipan Spa Hotel : Korea Quality / 39-5, Oncheoncheonbyeon-gil, Suanbo-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do / +82-43-846-3111