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Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju

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The head temple complex of Jogye Korean Buddhism, Bulguksa Temple features two exquisite stone pagodas and a gilded bronze statue of Buddha, which earned it World Heritage Site status. This impressive temple complex set in a picturesque landscape stores some of the world's oldest woodblock prints, made in the first half of the 8th century. Stroll underneath cherry trees and azaleas, place a pebble in a rock garden or touch a pig statue for good luck, and visit a hermitage in the grotto to see burial mounds and a 3.5 m (11.5 ft) tall Buddha. English-speaking volunteer guides will tell you all about the temple's tumultuous history. Discover how to plan a Gyeongju trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Bulguksa “Buddha World” is nearly 1400 years old but dates back originally to the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). The Lotus Sutra pagoda dates to the 8th c. and all can be seen in 1 hour. Sakyamuni... 
    Bulguksa “Buddha World” is nearly 1400 years old but dates back originally to the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). The Lotus Sutra pagoda dates to the 8th c. and all can be seen in 1 hour. Sakyamuni...  more »
  • This is some way out of town but well worth the effort. This is an atmospheric temple in rural location. One of the best “sights” in the area. 
    This is some way out of town but well worth the effort. This is an atmospheric temple in rural location. One of the best “sights” in the area.  more »
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  • Amazing and beautiful temple. Each temple was well maintained, and a few had people praying and meditating. Many folks made a point to bow and pay respects at each shrine. There were 4 or 5 different Buddhas each in their own shrine/temple. Each represented a different iteration of Buddha, and all were beautiful. Be careful with your photos, as the temple requests no pictures inside the individual shrines, although outside shots are ok. The walk from the parking lot isn't far, and is very nice. Beautiful representation of temples. A must see. There's a reason it's one of the most famous temples in Korea and a UNESCO site. Well worth going to.
  • Definitely should visit. I went when the autumn was in full swing and it was amazingly beautiful. Better visit in the morning, otherwise you might have to wait a lot for the parking lot. And it's nice to take a peaceful walk as well

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