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 Temple Reviews
With a number of specific Buddha temples we were privileged to hear monks chanting prayers in each one. The hypnotic rhythms echoed beyond the temple walls. The grounds are beautiful with gateways fra... more »
Grosse Anlage, viele Tempelgebäude. Wegen der Grösse tritt man sich auch nicht ständig auf die Füße. Letztlich aber auch nicht so viel anders als andere Tempelanlagen... more »Large complex, many temple buildings. Because of the size, you don't get on your feet all the time. But in the end not so much different from other temples...
It was impressive for me to look around there. It was calm and peaceful. There are a lot of trees and ancient Buddhism buildings. it makes me relaxed. Entrance fee is 5,000won.
A pretty area, but the educational material was light and almost none had translation. Most of the museum exhibits were reproductions or from other countries. It is pretty expensive by Korean museum standards. You pay for parking. Unlike many other temples in Korea, this one seems to be a lot more focused on being an active Buddhists temple.
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