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Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

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Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
+82 54-745-6835
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264260
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Established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mount Toham, the Seokguram Grotto contains a monumental statue of the Buddha looking at the sea in the bhumisparsha mudra position. With the surrounding ... Read more
portrayals of gods, Bodhisattvas and disciples, all realistically and delicately sculpted in high and low relief, it is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. The Temple of Bulguksa (built in 774) and the Seokguram Grotto form a religious architectural complex of exceptional significance. In 1995, UNESCO inscribed it as a World Heritage Site.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Seokguram and Bulguksa are the most important places to visit in Gyeongju. The mysterious structure of Seokguram Grotto has been attracting visitors and scholars from all around the world since its rediscovery in the early 1990s. Now it's partially reconstructed. You can go see the giant buddha made of one single stone, but only through the glass window.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Seokguram Grotto was one of the most magical places I went to in South Korea. Go there at dusk and you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Gyeongju in pretty pink and purple. Seokguram is also probably one of the few cultural places in Gyeongju that had minimal touch ups/renovations done. Even Bulguksa temple has a fair amount of remodeling done.

You can take the bus up to Seokguram from Bulguksa. Be careful of the time. The bus comes about every hour and stops around 6-7pm so be sure to check the bus schedule!

Another note is that for all these tourist places charge about $1-$5 USD for foreigners. Don't be a stickler and just pay, they're worth it.

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Minato, Japan

Nice sightseeing opportunities of one of the oldest Buddha statues in Korea, as well as a complex of historic buildings and archways. Two of the most famous historic landmarks in Gyeongju; if you're in the neighborhood, definitely make a stop here!

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Virginia, USA

Bulguksa Temple is great and pretty. Seokguram Grotto is less impressive - though the Buddha statue is cool, you can't take pictures and you have to stand in line for it.

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Sydney, Australia
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Taken collectively, these two monuments (linked by a lovely 45-minute hiking trail or, if you prefer, many kilometers of twisty roads) form the big-ticket attractions of the city of Gyeongju. And while I find Bulguksa, with its uninspired landscaping, a bit underwhelming (3 stars), the lovely little Seokguram Grotto on the hillside, with its fantastic Buddha scupture (probably the finest in Korea), is a treat, even if it's just a small one.

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Pohang, South Korea

Bulguksa is one of Korea's oldest and most famous temples. The temple is set in a serene location among still ponds and wooded hills, but is often overly crowded on the weekends and holidays. The 30-minute walk up to Seokguram Grotto is well worth it - though you can't touch the large buddha statue or actually enter the cave in which it sits, the setting is very peaceful and the view from the hill is very nice.

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Cotati, California, USA

Seokguram Grotto is a nice walk in the park so to speak. It is a buddhist temple that is nice to walk around. At the peak of the hill is a an amazingly huge Buddha statue that has been well preserved over the years. The grotto is nice for the nice calm walk by itself. There is a small fee to get in.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lovely, peaceful.

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