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Musangsa

Seung Sahn International zen center Musangsa is open to anybody who seeks true meaning of life and its direction disregarding race, religion, nationality and age. Musangsa walks together with you on the Boddhisattva path. Through practicing with us, you will be able to find your true self and help your neighbors, society and whole world with your compassionate mind.

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Introduction

Musangsa was founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2000 and is serving as the head temple in Asia of Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ), an international organization found by the Zen Master.

He had broadly taught Buddhism and Zen practice overseas for around 30 years and brought numerous foreign disciples to Korea. He first opened an international zen center at Hwa Gye Sa in Seoul and 10 years prior his death, started to search for a land where a practicing center could be built with the aim of fostering the future practice of the KUSZ.
 After a period of searching, he decided to settle Musangsa to location where the clear energy from Guk Sa Bong (National Teacher’s Peak) at Gyeryong Mountain flows down.

Musanga sits directly beneath Guk Sa Bong (National Teacher’s Peak), where over 500 years ago, the eminent National Teacher Mu Hak Daesa said that 800 great Dharma teachers would appear from this mountain and help the world. Since ancient times, Gyeryong Mountain has been known as one of the most important mountains in Korea for its strong and mystic energy that throughout history, has attracted many spiritual practitioners. Zen Master Seung Sahn’s vow was that many practitioners from around the world would come to practice Zen at Musangsa and go back to teach in their own countries.

From the initial phase of the temple, he appointed Zen Master Dae Bong, one of his American disciples to receive Dharma Transmission, as a Resident Zen Master of Musangsa, making him take direct charge of overall practice and operation of the temple. 
Zen Master Dae Bong has been devoting himself not only to guide practitioners coming from all over the world in finding their true self, but also to make Musangsa as a cross road where they can experience Korean Zen Buddhism’s 1,600-year history as well as interacting with Korean culture.

Moreover, the experience of practicing together with multicultural people will help young Koreans who are not familiar with Buddhist teaching and practice, to find their own spiritual path and direction in their life.

At Musangsa, 4 groups of practitioners (monks, nuns, lay men, and lay women) gather together and practice bowing, chanting and sitting meditation during 365 days of the year. Most of the practice schedule is open to public through specific programs, such as weekend retreats, short retreats during holidays or 3 months retreats (Kyol Che) each in summer and winter, allowing both beginners and experienced practitioners to join. 


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Kwan Um School of Zen

The Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ) is a Zen Buddhist organization, founded in America by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1983. He was the first Korean Zen Master to spread the Dharma in the West and to establish an international Zen Buddhist organization.
He taught the truth, wisdom and direction of life to numerous practitioners from around the world using simple yet clear teaching phrases such as: “What am I?” “Only don’t know”.

In 1972, the Zen Master met his first western students in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States and founded Providence Zen Center, the first zen center of the KUSZ. Soon after, also many other zen centers were established on the east coast (New York, Boston), West coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco) and Midwest (Kansas and other states).

In 1978, Zen Master Seung Sahn started to travel to Europe and quickly opened zen centers in a number of European countries, such as Spain, Poland and Germany.
Furthermore, he visited Asian countries outside of Korea and founded zen centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

He often sent his western students to Korea for them to experience deep traditional Zen practice. Kyol Che, a 90-day retreat each in summer and winter where practitioners are not allowed to leave temple and concentrate on their practice, is the crucial part of Korean Zen practice. This practice period has been passed down from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and it has been practiced over 1,000 years in Korea. 
(Currently Zen centers of Kwan Um School of Zen in the United States, Europe and Asia hold Kyol Che every year.)

In 1983, this rapid growth led to the formal organization of the KSUZ, with the purpose of providing cohesion and administrative support to all of its centers. The words Kwan Um are taken from Kwan Se Um Bosal (Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva) meaning “perceive the sounds of the world,” to compassionately hear the cries of the universe.

Musangsa in Korea is the Head Temple of KUSZ in Asia.

Today KUSZ counts over 100 zen centers and groups and they are open for anybody who wishes to join Zen practice, Dharma talks and Kyol Che. 
Zen Master Seung Sahn set specific conditions in order to authorize his students to teach Zen and whoever passes those conditions are called “Zen Master” or “Ji Do Peop Sa”. Currently there are about 40 authorized students all over the world teaching Zen in their own regions.

Kwan Um School of Zen organizes triennial international conference “The Whole World is a Single Flower”
where the continents alternate its host. The next conference in October 2023 will be held in Korea.
Further information will be updated on Musangsa website or above link.

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Zen Master Seung Sahn Haeng Won

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Zen Master Dae Bong Guiding Teacher

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Zen Master Dae Jin

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Hye Tong Sunim JDPS Co-Guiding Teacher

DIRECTIONS
  • office@musangsa.org
  • 042 841 6084
  • 042 841 1202
  • www.musangsa.org
  • Seung Sahn International Zen Center
    Musangsa Hyangjeoksan-gil 129, Eomsa-myeon, Greryong-shi, Chungcheongnam-do, 32816 South Korea

*Office Hour
Monday to Sunday: 8:30-4:30 PM

Due to the pandemic, in-person office hours are currently suspended.
You can still leave a message on our office voice mail, and our Administrative Director will return your call.

Musangsa is a meditation practice located at the foot of the spectacular Gyeryongsan Mountain
in Gyeryong-si, Chungcheongnam-do in South Korea.
Please maintain a quiet atmosphere in the Temple.

How to get here locally
  • By Train
    This is probably the most convenient way to get here. The nearest train station is Gye-Ryong (on the Ho-Nam line), about 1 or 2 and half hours from Yongsan Station
    If you plan to come by train, please note that the weekends and national holidays are very busy travel times so you should book or buy your tickets well in advance.
    From Gye-Ryong it is a short taxi ride of about 20 minutes to Mu Sang Sa and the cost should be between 7,000 to 8,000 Won.

 Also there is an intra-city bus between Musangsa and Gyeryong Station
    ◆ Bus No : 300
  • By Car
    From the Seoul-Busan Expressway No.1, take the Ho-nam Go Sok Doro (Ho-Nam Expressway No.251) towards Yuseong and Kwangju and exit at the Gye-Ryong interchange.


    You can follow the Musangsa sign to Musangsa.

  • by Bus
    There is an express bus service from Seoul Nambu terminal that goes to the Shindo-an(Gyeryong-City) bus stop near Eomsa-myeon.

    It takes about 2 hours 30minute. You should get off at the third stop Eomsa-Sageori, from there, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside Tous Les Jours bakery to Mu Sang Sa.

    It takes 10 mins and costs 5,000 Won.

  • Travelling To Mu Sang Sa By Train/Bus Via Daejeon
    Train
    Take the train to Daejeon station. Across the road from the train station is the bus stop for buses no. 2002. Take this bus to Eomsa-myeon and get off at Eomsa-Sageori Bus Station – a journey of about one hour or about one and a half hours. From there, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside Tous Les Jours bakery to Mu Sang Sa. It takes 10 mins and costs 5,000 Won.


     

    Bus
    Take the bus to Daejeon Terminal Complex. There is a city bus stop outside the Daejeon Terminal Complex (대전 복합 터미널). Take the No.2 bus to Daejeon station. There transfer 2002 bus to Eomsa-myeon and get off at Eomsa-Sageori – a journey or about one and a half hours. From there, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside Tous Les Jours bakery to Mu Sang Sa. It takes 10 mins and costs 5,000 Won.

How to get here internationally Incheon International Airport direct to Mu Sang Sa in Eomsa-ri town (Gyeyong-shi)
  • Incheon Airport to Eomsa
    The quickest and easiest way is to take a direct bus from Incheon Airport to Eomsa, a small town 5 minutes away from Musangsa by car.

    There are two terminals at Incheon Airport; At Terminal 1, you need to get to the bus stop 11B, near 11B exit. At Terminal 2, go to bus stop 6.

    The bus is a 28-seater premium bus. 
Once you get off at Eomsa (best to ask the bus driver in advance to stop there), you will find yourself at the crossroads and will be able to see a taxi stand across the road. There you can take a taxi to Musangsa for 5,000 Korean Won.


  • Take a bus at Incheon International Airport to Daejeon
    The airport express bus stop is located outside the “Arrivals” level, bus stop 9D outside exit 9. Please check the signs to ensure you wait at the correct stop as they can change the location. You can buy a ticket at the bus stop.


    There are English signs on the bus and the driver speaks very limited English.



    There are three stops in Daejeon:
    i) just after the Lotte Hotel in Daedok ,
    ii) Gov’t complex Daejeon and
    iii) Daejeon Terminal Complex . You should get off at the second stop after the bus leaves the expressway, which is Gov’t complex Daejeon, Dunsan-dong. Ask bus driver to drop you off at Gov’t complex Daejeon, Dunsan-dong:

After you get off the bus near the Gov’t complex Daejeon in Dunsan-dong, Daejeon, take a taxi.

    This is the most convenient way.
Travel time is about 40 minutes if no traffic, cost approx.

    KRW 40,000. Eo msa-ri(Gyeryong-shi) town is near a large military base called Gye Ryong Dae. If the taxi driver does not know where Mu Sang Sa Temple is, here is Musangsa address and Phone Number

    Address: 충남 계룡시 엄사면 향적산길 129.
    129Hyangjeoksan-gil, Eomsa-Myon, Gyeryong-si, Chungnam
    Office Tel: (042) 841 6084


     

  • Or take a bus at Incheon International Airport to Yong San train Station in Seoul to GyeRyong ST
    The bus stop 6A, 12B. Buses start at 5:50 am then a half-hourly bus service until 10:40pm.


    Travel time is about 1 1/2 depending on traffic. The bus fare is 14,000 won From Yong San train Station take a train to Gye-Ryong station.


    The nearest train station is Gye-Ryong (on the Ho-Nam line), about 1 or 2 and half hours from Yongsan Station. If you plan to come by train, please note that the weekends and national holidays are very busy travel times so you should book or buy your tickets well in advance.


    From Gye-Ryong it is a short taxi ride of about 20 minutes to Mu Sang Sa and the cost should be between 7,000 to 8,000 Won. Also there is a intra-city bus between Musangsa and Gye-Ryong Station. Please refer to the below for details.


    ◆ Bus No : 300

  • Or take a bus at Incheon International Airport to GwanMyong train Station in Seoul to GyeRyong ST
    Take a bus from Incheon Airport to Gwangmyeong Station and take the KTX from Gwangmyeong Station to Gyeryong Station.

    The limousine from Incheon Terminal 1 to Gwangmyeong Station is 6770, and at the boarding hall 6A-2, the first bus departs at 6:30 am and the last bus departs at 23:03, and takes 50 minutes. The dispatch interval is 15 on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends.

    The limousine from Incheon Terminal 2 to Gwangmyeong Station is 6770, boarding hall 25, the first bus is at 6:10 am, and the last bus is at 22:40. It takes 70 minutes and the interval is 15 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends.

    After getting off at Gwangmyeong Station, take the KTX and get off at Gyeryong Station. Gwangmyeong Station and Gyeryong Station operate 8 times a day, with the first train at 6:27 and the last at 21:27.

    If you plan to come by train, please note that the weekends and national holidays are very busy travel times so you should book or buy your tickets well in advance.
From Gye-Ryong it is a short taxi ride of about 20 minutes to Mu Sang Sa and the cost should be between 7,000 to 8,000 Won. Also there is a intra-city bus between Musangsa and Gye-Ryong Station. Please refer to the below for details.
    ◆ Bus: 300
    ◆ Bus fare: 1,100 won
    ◆ Bus Time: GyeRyong St 무상사 – 7:25, 8:45, 10:05, 11:20, 13:40, 15:00, 16:30, 18:10, 20:25, 21:55
    무상사 계룡역 – 6:40, 7:55, 9:10, 10:40, 11:54, 14:09, 15:30, 16:55, 18:45, 20:52, 22:

    * All buses from the airport have been suspended due to the coronavirus situation. We will let you know when the bus is operating again.

Musangsa
musangsa-symbol

Introduction

Musangsa was founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2000 and is serving as the head temple in Asia of Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ), an international organization found by the Zen Master.

He had broadly taught Buddhism and Zen practice overseas for around 30 years and brought numerous foreign disciples to Korea. He first opened an international zen center at Hwa Gye Sa in Seoul and 10 years prior his death, started to search for a land where a practicing center could be built with the aim of fostering the future practice of the KUSZ.
 After a period of searching, he decided to settle Musangsa to location where the clear energy from Guk Sa Bong (National Teacher’s Peak) at Gyeryong Mountain flows down.

Musanga sits directly beneath Guk Sa Bong (National Teacher’s Peak), where over 500 years ago, the eminent National Teacher Mu Hak Daesa said that 800 great Dharma teachers would appear from this mountain and help the world. Since ancient times, Gyeryong Mountain has been known as one of the most important mountains in Korea for its strong and mystic energy that throughout history, has attracted many spiritual practitioners. Zen Master Seung Sahn’s vow was that many practitioners from around the world would come to practice Zen at Musangsa and go back to teach in their own countries.

From the initial phase of the temple, he appointed Zen Master Dae Bong, one of his American disciples to receive Dharma Transmission, as a Resident Zen Master of Musangsa, making him take direct charge of overall practice and operation of the temple. 
Zen Master Dae Bong has been devoting himself not only to guide practitioners coming from all over the world in finding their true self, but also to make Musangsa as a cross road where they can experience Korean Zen Buddhism’s 1,600-year history as well as interacting with Korean culture.

Moreover, the experience of practicing together with multicultural people will help young Koreans who are not familiar with Buddhist teaching and practice, to find their own spiritual path and direction in their life.

At Musangsa, 4 groups of practitioners (monks, nuns, lay men, and lay women) gather together and practice bowing, chanting and sitting meditation during 365 days of the year. Most of the practice schedule is open to public through specific programs, such as weekend retreats, short retreats during holidays or 3 months retreats (Kyol Che) each in summer and winter, allowing both beginners and experienced practitioners to join. 


Kwan Um School of Zen
musangsa-symbol

Kwan Um School of Zen

The Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ) is a Zen Buddhist organization, founded in America by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1983. He was the first Korean Zen Master to spread the Dharma in the West and to establish an international Zen Buddhist organization.
He taught the truth, wisdom and direction of life to numerous practitioners from around the world using simple yet clear teaching phrases such as: “What am I?” “Only don’t know”.

In 1972, the Zen Master met his first western students in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States and founded Providence Zen Center, the first zen center of the KUSZ. Soon after, also many other zen centers were established on the east coast (New York, Boston), West coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco) and Midwest (Kansas and other states).

In 1978, Zen Master Seung Sahn started to travel to Europe and quickly opened zen centers in a number of European countries, such as Spain, Poland and Germany.
Furthermore, he visited Asian countries outside of Korea and founded zen centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

He often sent his western students to Korea for them to experience deep traditional Zen practice. Kyol Che, a 90-day retreat each in summer and winter where practitioners are not allowed to leave temple and concentrate on their practice, is the crucial part of Korean Zen practice. This practice period has been passed down from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and it has been practiced over 1,000 years in Korea. 
(Currently Zen centers of Kwan Um School of Zen in the United States, Europe and Asia hold Kyol Che every year.)

In 1983, this rapid growth led to the formal organization of the KSUZ, with the purpose of providing cohesion and administrative support to all of its centers. The words Kwan Um are taken from Kwan Se Um Bosal (Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva) meaning “perceive the sounds of the world,” to compassionately hear the cries of the universe.

Musangsa in Korea is the Head Temple of KUSZ in Asia.

Today KUSZ counts over 100 zen centers and groups and they are open for anybody who wishes to join Zen practice, Dharma talks and Kyol Che. 
Zen Master Seung Sahn set specific conditions in order to authorize his students to teach Zen and whoever passes those conditions are called “Zen Master” or “Ji Do Peop Sa”. Currently there are about 40 authorized students all over the world teaching Zen in their own regions.

Kwan Um School of Zen organizes triennial international conference “The Whole World is a Single Flower”
where the continents alternate its host. The next conference in October 2023 will be held in Korea.
Further information will be updated on Musangsa website or above link.

Teachers
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Zen Master Seung Sahn Haeng Won

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Zen Master Dae Bong Guiding Teacher

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Zen Master Dae Jin

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Hye Tong Sunim JDPS Co-Guiding Teacher

Contact Us
DIRECTIONS
  • office@musangsa.org
  • 042 841 6084
  • 042 841 1202
  • www.musangsa.org
  • Seung Sahn International Zen Center
    Musangsa Hyangjeoksan-gil 129, Eomsa-myeon, Greryong-shi, Chungcheongnam-do, 32816 South Korea

*Office Hour
Monday to Sunday: 8:30-4:30 PM

Due to the pandemic, in-person office hours are currently suspended.
You can still leave a message on our office voice mail, and our Administrative Director will return your call.

Musangsa is a meditation practice located at the foot of the spectacular Gyeryongsan Mountain
in Gyeryong-si, Chungcheongnam-do in South Korea.
Please maintain a quiet atmosphere in the Temple.

How to get here locally
  • By Train
    This is probably the most convenient way to get here. The nearest train station is Gye-Ryong (on the Ho-Nam line), about 1 or 2 and half hours from Yongsan Station
    If you plan to come by train, please note that the weekends and national holidays are very busy travel times so you should book or buy your tickets well in advance.
    From Gye-Ryong it is a short taxi ride of about 20 minutes to Mu Sang Sa and the cost should be between 7,000 to 8,000 Won.

 Also there is an intra-city bus between Musangsa and Gyeryong Station
    ◆ Bus No : 300
  • By Car
    From the Seoul-Busan Expressway No.1, take the Ho-nam Go Sok Doro (Ho-Nam Expressway No.251) towards Yuseong and Kwangju and exit at the Gye-Ryong interchange.


    You can follow the Musangsa sign to Musangsa.

  • by Bus
    There is an express bus service from Seoul Nambu terminal that goes to the Shindo-an(Gyeryong-City) bus stop near Eomsa-myeon.

    It takes about 2 hours 30minute. You should get off at the third stop Eomsa-Sageori, from there, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside Tous Les Jours bakery to Mu Sang Sa.

    It takes 10 mins and costs 5,000 Won.

  • Travelling To Mu Sang Sa By Train/Bus Via Daejeon
    Train
    Take the train to Daejeon station. Across the road from the train station is the bus stop for buses no. 2002. Take this bus to Eomsa-myeon and get off at Eomsa-Sageori Bus Station – a journey of about one hour or about one and a half hours. From there, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside Tous Les Jours bakery to Mu Sang Sa. It takes 10 mins and costs 5,000 Won.


     

    Bus
    Take the bus to Daejeon Terminal Complex. There is a city bus stop outside the Daejeon Terminal Complex (대전 복합 터미널). Take the No.2 bus to Daejeon station. There transfer 2002 bus to Eomsa-myeon and get off at Eomsa-Sageori – a journey or about one and a half hours. From there, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside Tous Les Jours bakery to Mu Sang Sa. It takes 10 mins and costs 5,000 Won.

How to get here internationally Incheon International Airport direct to Mu Sang Sa in Eomsa-ri town (Gyeyong-shi)
  • Incheon Airport to Eomsa
    The quickest and easiest way is to take a direct bus from Incheon Airport to Eomsa, a small town 5 minutes away from Musangsa by car.

    There are two terminals at Incheon Airport; At Terminal 1, you need to get to the bus stop 11B, near 11B exit. At Terminal 2, go to bus stop 6.

    The bus is a 28-seater premium bus. 
Once you get off at Eomsa (best to ask the bus driver in advance to stop there), you will find yourself at the crossroads and will be able to see a taxi stand across the road. There you can take a taxi to Musangsa for 5,000 Korean Won.


  • Take a bus at Incheon International Airport to Daejeon
    The airport express bus stop is located outside the “Arrivals” level, bus stop 9D outside exit 9. Please check the signs to ensure you wait at the correct stop as they can change the location. You can buy a ticket at the bus stop.


    There are English signs on the bus and the driver speaks very limited English.



    There are three stops in Daejeon:
    i) just after the Lotte Hotel in Daedok ,
    ii) Gov’t complex Daejeon and
    iii) Daejeon Terminal Complex . You should get off at the second stop after the bus leaves the expressway, which is Gov’t complex Daejeon, Dunsan-dong. Ask bus driver to drop you off at Gov’t complex Daejeon, Dunsan-dong:

After you get off the bus near the Gov’t complex Daejeon in Dunsan-dong, Daejeon, take a taxi.

    This is the most convenient way.
Travel time is about 40 minutes if no traffic, cost approx.

    KRW 40,000. Eo msa-ri(Gyeryong-shi) town is near a large military base called Gye Ryong Dae. If the taxi driver does not know where Mu Sang Sa Temple is, here is Musangsa address and Phone Number

    Address: 충남 계룡시 엄사면 향적산길 129.
    129Hyangjeoksan-gil, Eomsa-Myon, Gyeryong-si, Chungnam
    Office Tel: (042) 841 6084


     

  • Or take a bus at Incheon International Airport to Yong San train Station in Seoul to GyeRyong ST
    The bus stop 6A, 12B. Buses start at 5:50 am then a half-hourly bus service until 10:40pm.


    Travel time is about 1 1/2 depending on traffic. The bus fare is 14,000 won From Yong San train Station take a train to Gye-Ryong station.


    The nearest train station is Gye-Ryong (on the Ho-Nam line), about 1 or 2 and half hours from Yongsan Station. If you plan to come by train, please note that the weekends and national holidays are very busy travel times so you should book or buy your tickets well in advance.


    From Gye-Ryong it is a short taxi ride of about 20 minutes to Mu Sang Sa and the cost should be between 7,000 to 8,000 Won. Also there is a intra-city bus between Musangsa and Gye-Ryong Station. Please refer to the below for details.


    ◆ Bus No : 300

  • Or take a bus at Incheon International Airport to GwanMyong train Station in Seoul to GyeRyong ST
    Take a bus from Incheon Airport to Gwangmyeong Station and take the KTX from Gwangmyeong Station to Gyeryong Station.

    The limousine from Incheon Terminal 1 to Gwangmyeong Station is 6770, and at the boarding hall 6A-2, the first bus departs at 6:30 am and the last bus departs at 23:03, and takes 50 minutes. The dispatch interval is 15 on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends.

    The limousine from Incheon Terminal 2 to Gwangmyeong Station is 6770, boarding hall 25, the first bus is at 6:10 am, and the last bus is at 22:40. It takes 70 minutes and the interval is 15 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends.

    After getting off at Gwangmyeong Station, take the KTX and get off at Gyeryong Station. Gwangmyeong Station and Gyeryong Station operate 8 times a day, with the first train at 6:27 and the last at 21:27.

    If you plan to come by train, please note that the weekends and national holidays are very busy travel times so you should book or buy your tickets well in advance.
From Gye-Ryong it is a short taxi ride of about 20 minutes to Mu Sang Sa and the cost should be between 7,000 to 8,000 Won. Also there is a intra-city bus between Musangsa and Gye-Ryong Station. Please refer to the below for details.
    ◆ Bus: 300
    ◆ Bus fare: 1,100 won
    ◆ Bus Time: GyeRyong St 무상사 – 7:25, 8:45, 10:05, 11:20, 13:40, 15:00, 16:30, 18:10, 20:25, 21:55
    무상사 계룡역 – 6:40, 7:55, 9:10, 10:40, 11:54, 14:09, 15:30, 16:55, 18:45, 20:52, 22:

    * All buses from the airport have been suspended due to the coronavirus situation. We will let you know when the bus is operating again.

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