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. Discover how to plan a Gyeongju trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • It is a large stone-built temples. There are a lot of interesting stone figurines. If you go on a holiday with a lot of people were gathering. Take the express bus from Busan, Gyeongju, bus station transfer to the bus. From the bus terminal on the outskirts of Pusan took about 2 hours in total.
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  • In March this year of Gyeongju, Busan trip went. I have to pick up because I was reserved by the const, warmer weather, was a great feeling. Car engine trouble occurs in the highway arrived in less than two hours, is in charge of me arrange a taxi now travel by taxi on the way. Good to visit many splendid Buddhist collapsed Temple tile is worried and there is broken because there was a big earthquake and mountain roads had been in some way memorable. Was guide who's put in to the KTX, returned to Pusan. Guide does not take fees mismanaged and I had the sincerity to properly pay, were featured attractions is an accident.
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  • Went here in autumn- so beautiful to see the colour turning on the leaves. It was nice to walk around the old palace grounds. We purchased a bell from the lady selling souvenirs in the middle of the g...  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.

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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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