Health and wellness

Body, Soul: Zip Line Thrills and a Temple Homestay in Seoul

How to be good to your body and soul while in the South Korean capital. Words by CATHARINE NICOL

Body: High life

For heart-stopping thrills, head to Gapyeong, an hour’s train ride from Seoul. Make your first stop at the bungee tower and take the 55-metre plunge above Bukhan River. Then go up the Nami Skyline Zipwire ZipRider tower, the start of a 940-metre zip line that takes you over the river and onto Nami Island. You’ll get stunning views, if you can keep your eyes open… 

Soul: Temple homestay

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Ditch your hotel for a temple. At the 1,200-year-old Bongeunsa Temple, in the heart of Gangnam, a 24-hour sleepover gives you an immersive experience of Buddhist devotion. Join in the sessions of meditation and 108 prostrations, eat simple temple food, learn mindfulness during a tea ceremony and chant in the evening. Get up for more of the same at 4am. Don’t miss discussions with monks on life, the universe and everything in between. 

Cathay Pacific flies to Seoul from Hong Kong 35 times a week