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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  • Visited the weekend of May 5, holiday in Korea, the temple was flooded with visitors (a sort of cross between the agricultural fair and the fair of Paris). Really very difficult to enjoy the visit in these conditions, and a spirituality that is unfortunately completely absent. Impossible to visit the cave at the top (there was so many traffic jams as cars and buses were stopped). The disappointment of our stay in Korea.
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  • A representative temple of the Silla period. You can see stone buildings of the Shilla period with a wonderful curve. If you visit Gyeongju and do not see Bulguksa temple, it is like you have not visi...  more »
  • It`s one and a half hour drive from Busan. We visited this beautiful temple with a lovely knowledgeable guide. Unusual weather conditions made this a holiday highlight. Yesterday it had snowed but tod...  more »
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  • A huge-ish historical complex that is rebuilt after the Japanese burned it down. Very similar to other historical Buddhist Asian temples. Highly encourage you to visit this place if you have not experienced Asian temples before. The entire area is calming and serene. Am particularly amazed by a section in the temple where they stacked rocks on top of each other to resemble pagodas. It's like a mini city itself. You can take Bus 12 from the main road below the temple to go to Seokguram Grotto. Bus 12 departs every hourly when we were there. There are also numerous eateries at the main road leading up to the temple. You can get here via Bus 10, 11 and 700. A must visit in Gyeongju due to its UNESCO status. For the religious, you can also pray to the deities here. If you're interested, you can also sign up to spend the night in the temple for a small fee. There's a counter in front of the temple for you to ask or you can Google for more info regarding the temple stay.
  • A really nice place to visit. Having been restored some years back it's in very good condition. It's seems big but doesn't take long to be fully visited.
  • Nice temple, you can reach it easily from Gyeongju taking bus number 10, 11 or 700. Not crowded around 12-14h.
  • No trip to Korea would be complete without a stop at Bulguksa Temple. It is one of the best preserved temples in Korea. Anytime of the year is a great time to visit. I prefer spring and autumn for the colors. The spring is filled with cherry blossoms and bright spring colors as well. In the autumn you have the orange and red leaves. Just be prepared for the traffic it is a very popular destination. Getting to the temple is simple there is public transportation and private tours.
  • Big buddhist place, nice souvenir shop. But I dont recommend restaurants under, near a parking lot. I was at two and nobody there, and I wont name the third restaurant, where I had "naengmyeon" cold noodles, absolutely without a taste, it taste more like rotten.. and they even didnt give me side dishes (panchan), but Korean guest they gave it, so I felt really upset.
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