During our stay in South Korea, we stayed overnight at a temple in Golgulsa. The monks there practiced Sunmundo zen martial arts, which is as awesome as it sounds. We ate, dressed, and lived like the monks for two days and a night, and it was one of the best parts of the trip.
We meditated, practiced arts, and even helped weed their lands. It was rewarding to interact with the monks, many of whom spoke English, and hear their stories and the lessons they taught us.
For the morning prayer (my personal favorite), we woke at 4:30 am to the sound of chanting. You were not allowed to be late, or you'd have to do so many bows your knees would stop working.
To get to the temple, we had to climb ten minutes up a huge hill. During my trek in the dark, I knew something changed for me. A feeling I can't describe came over me as I walked with the monks to prayer, surrounded by the sound of chanting and darkness, but I carry it with me to this day.
Every trip brings new bits of who you are to the forefront of your mind. I found that out firsthand. The best way for you to start your journey is to go on a trip like this one to South Korea!