Actor Kim Min-jong participates in a templestay with his fans at Magok Temple, South Chungcheong Province, Friday.
/ Courtesy of the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism
By Han Sang-hee
Singer and actor Kim Min-jong shared his Buddhist faith with his Japanese fans during a special templestay event held at Magok Temple, Gonju city, South Chungcheong Province, last Friday.
``I always feel comfortable when I visit temples, just like visiting my hometown. I hope the beauty of Korean Buddhism culture will spread in Japan through this templestay,'' he said.
A total of 80 Japanese fans were chosen among the 1,000 who applied for the event titled ``Templestay with Kim Min-jong in Magok Temple.'' The lucky fans had the chance to experience the culture and history of Korean Buddhism that spans 1,700 years with Kim, who is a devout Buddhist himself.
The participants toured around the temple and took part in various cultural activities, including Buddhist painting and learning traditional etiquette of the religion.
The highlight was when Kim performed some of his best known songs for fans who had traveled all the way from Japan.
A total of 100 temples dotted around the country offer templestay programs. For more information, visit www.templestay.com.