Bulguksa, Gyeongju

4.3
#1 of 42 in Things to do in Gyeongju
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.
Create an itinerary including Bulguksa
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
909 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • August 16, 2017
    This is an absolute place you must visit in this beautiful historical city, Gyeongju. I fell in love with this city. Most of all, this temple is an unbelievable combinations of cutting edge science, g...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    There's a lot of temples in this part of the world, but Bulguksa will always be one of my favorites. It feels like a palace and the craftsmanship is fantastic. Great wood work, great stone work and gr...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    If you think no more tombs, no more temples, you should go Bulguksa, it's a must thing. Look at the side of 10 eon coin. You can see a real pagoda here. Beautiful architecture which stands here for hu...  more »
Google
  • July 10, 2017
    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).
  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • February 24, 2017
    Such a beautiful historic place. Worth every penny.
  • January 4, 2017
    This temple is certainly worth a trip. Highly recommended.
  • November 10, 2016
    One of the most beautiful places I've visited in Korea. Interesting temple complex and a wonderful garden.

Plan your trip to Gyeongju

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Gyeongju

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Gyeongju by other users

52 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM INDIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM CHINA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 34 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 28 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM THAILAND February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans