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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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  • That I’m a temples enthusiast is out of any doubt, if you follow me and read my reviews, and this one makes no exception. It definitely captures your heart, it makes you feel part of this world and... 
    That I’m a temples enthusiast is out of any doubt, if you follow me and read my reviews, and this one makes no exception. It definitely captures your heart, it makes you feel part of this world and...  more »
  • A beautiful temple, a representative of Buddhist culture, located on the slopes of Mount Toham, southeast of Kyungju, in North Kyungsang Province in South Korea, it has been designated by UNESCO as a....  more
    A beautiful temple, a representative of Buddhist culture, located on the slopes of Mount Toham, southeast of Kyungju, in North Kyungsang Province in South Korea, it has been designated by UNESCO as a....  more »
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  • This temple some beautiful buildings, with stunning roofing beams, set in a tranquil maple-tree setting — when not overrun by tourists. Will look stunning in autumn! In spring there is a patch of cherry trees on the hill outside the temple that flower relatively late, and draw huge picnic crowds.
  • 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.

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