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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  • A wonderful site to visit. What? Not into bhuddism? Doesn’t matter. I’m an aethiest and was absolutely blown when I saw the Vatican City. You will, too, after visiting here.  more »
  • It is a very beautiful temple and it is easy to reach with the bus. But for me, I found It a little too touristic.  more »
  • Unfortunately in winter you can't admire the rich vegetation surrounding the temple, so I would definitely recommend the autumn colors trees that cloaks. The temple is very large and complex. Inhabited by monks is a very impressive place. Beautiful stairways. You arrive by bus 10 or 11 from bus station or from the old railway station. Near there is a village with many place refreshment and souvenir shops. Many food stalls along the ascent to the temple. We were fortunate to meet invited with the Olympic flame brought to the temple for blessing.
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  • 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.
  • It is small than I expected. (it doesn't means it is very small.) But it is very beautiful place. You can see simple & elegant architecture. I think if you visit here in October you can see lots of colorful leaves with Temple. Here is not good accessibility. Of course there is public transportation but interval is very long. This temple is not in city. So please check out how to visit before you come.
  • We took the local bus 11 from downtown @1,700w per person. About 30 minutes. Nice temple with some good photos. Many trees so there is shade👍🏻. Lunch is more of an issue, shopping center across the street. All restaurants basically had the same Korean menu, not much of a selection.
  • Beautiful temple specially with in autumn all thosw colors are amazing and the light late afternoon... nice pictures!
  • An amazing place to visit, and the historical treble is breathtakingly beautiful. There are also signs and brochures in English. During our trip on a Saturday, there was a bit of a crowd, but it was still an enjoyable visit. To get there from Gyeongju bus station, take bus 11.

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With 6 million tourists per year, Gyeongju offers a wide range of accommodations. The area around the Bomun Lake resort has several luxury hotels catering to the needs of Korean tour groups. More moderately priced hotels lie in the downtown area, notably in Nodong-Dong and Noseo-Dong quarters. Near the train station, you can find inexpensive guesthouses (yeoinsuk), motels, and hostels. Family-oriented mid-range hotels tend to cluster just east from the lake, but the tourist-friendly city has accommodations well distributed throughout.
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