Foreign participants in Templestay, a domestic retreat in which people seek peace of mind and body at a Buddhist temple, have given a satisfaction rating of over 90 out of 100 points to the program.
The Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism on Feb. 16 released the results of a survey on 19,706 domestic and foreign participants of Templestay programs from Nov. 13, 2019, to Nov. 15 last year.
The overall satisfaction score of 18,400 domestic respondents was 6.47 out of seven points and that of 1,306 foreign respondents 6.49.
Converted into a 100-point scale, Korean participants awarded 92.4 points and foreign ones 92.7.
On the reasons for doing a Templestay, foreign participants cited the most "interest in traditional Korean culture" with 33.6%, followed by "self-reflection and relaxation of mind and body" with 21.6%, "interest in Buddhist culture" 16.1% and "experience in a temple program" 10.4%.
Among domestic respondents, "relaxation and recharge for daily life" was the most popular response with 55.6%. Nearly 95% of them reported emotional stability and a rise in happiness after their stays.
By religion, 47.4% of domestic participants said they had no religion, followed by Buddhists with 33.8%, Catholics 10% and Protestants 5.9%.