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A Study on the Essence and Authenticity of Templestay Experience through van Manen’s Hermeneutic Phenomenology

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2019, 43(2), pp.29-53
  • DOI : 10.17086/JTS.2019.43.2.29.53
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism
  • Received : June 24, 2018
  • Accepted : November 21, 2018
  • Published : March 1, 2019

Jiyoung Hwang 1 Kim Chulwon 1

1경희대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study was to explore the templestay experience from the hermeneutic phenomenological perspective invented by van Manen (1990). Also, four fundamental lifeworld themes (or existentials) were used as heuristic guides for reflecting on the experience of templestays: lived body, lived space, lived human relation, and lived time. From the four heuristic guides, four central themes were developed and a total of fifteen sub-themes emerged to fully explicate the tourist experience from the interviews and participant observation. Next, the templestay participants’ perception of authenticity was discussed. The study suggested a Templestay Authentic Experience Design Wheel model to understand experience and authenticity. This study applied the naturalistic inquiry method, which has been neglected in the field of tourism, through hermeneutic phenomenological gaze to find meaningful and essential phenomena of the templestay experience.

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