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Bulguksa, Gyeongju

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The head temple complex of Jogye Korean Buddhism, Bulguksa 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. Plan your Bulguksa visit and explore what else you can see and do in Gyeongju using our Gyeongju family vacation planner.
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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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  • The temple is a long bus ride from the Singyeongjyu train station. It is probably closer to the Gyeonjyu train station but we did not have a choice. It is a huge complex & there is a lot of climbing u...  more »
  • In 1955 this was dedicated a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Site, so you know that it is worth spending time here, which we did. Built in the 8th century, partially destroyed in the16th century by invading Jap...  more »
  • This is an amazing complex.. It was all tarted up with hanging coloured lanterns to celebrate a special occasion apparently. There were temples everywhere, monks and nuns walking and praying and chant...  more »
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  • One of the largest and prettiest temples. Recommend the walk up to the grotto after through the national park. Not for the faint hearted though and a frequent bus is available there and back (only managed it one way on foot and took over an hour).
  • Absolutely beautiful historic temple. Loved everything about this ancient architecture and the garden. Unfortunately one of the pagoda called 'Dabotop' was covered for maintenance work due to the earthquake hit Kyeongju in 2016.
  • Such a beautiful historic place. Worth every penny.
  • This temple is certainly worth a trip. Highly recommended.
  • One of the most beautiful places I've visited in Korea. Interesting temple complex and a wonderful garden.