[Anchor Lead]A growing number of foreign tourists are signing up for temple stay programs at Korean Buddhist temples this summer to enjoy some quiet and gain peace of mind in a natural setting. The growing popularity of temple stay programs is making them a rising star in Korean tourism.[Pkg]Halfway up the lush Dalmasan Mountain...A Buddhist temple located at the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula welcomes Austrian college students.[Soundbite] Norbert Cyler(Austrian Tourist)They spend the day experiencing the temple's daily routine and traditional Korean culture. Austrian student Mathias says he gained peace of mind at the temple, which has a view of the sunset over the vast South Sea.[Soundbite] Mathias Blochberger(Austrian Tourist)A French family of five on vacation came to experience temple life in Seoul.[Soundbite] Virginie(French Tourist)It's awkward for them to sit on the floor, yet they attempt to bow 108 times...and focus on silent meditation. Even the family's youngest, a 13-year-old boy who didn't want to come, came to see the appeal of a Buddhist temple.[Soundbite] Maximilian(French Tourist)In the last year alone, some 55,000 foreigners took part in temple stay programs, making them one of the most special tourism attractions for foreigner visitors.
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