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Grotte de Seokguram, Gyeongju
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Symbolizing a spiritual journey into Nirvana, Grotte de Seokguram treasures forty figures representing Buddhist principles and teachings. Nestled in the hills and made of hundreds of granite stones, the 8th-century cave temple is the only intact structure surviving from the Silla era and a World Heritage Site. Pass a narrow corridor lined with bas-reliefs of guardian deities, which leads from a rectangular antechamber into the main rotunda. Once there, take a moment to appreciate the 3.3 m ( ft) tall statue of Buddha, seated on a pedestal and smiling generously. With our custom trip planner, Gyeongju attractions like Grotte de Seokguram can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It's a very good Buddha statue in the mountain. You have to walk a little but it's worth it. The scenery is really beautiful from the mountain. There is only one bus that leaves from Bulguksa every on...  more »
  • I visited 15 years Buri. Arrived that evening around 4 pm until closing time no anyhow walk trot, one way I could worship the Buddha images in about 20 minutes. Breath has been raised by clean air of the trees on the way and the views are excellent evening wind. Statues look very calm and was able to read quietly, just fewer people and. Mind became calm quietly took many pictures in the glass is not. But, due to visit here to again investigate the Seokguram and repaired the Japanese was to repair a mess, or stole the statues of Korea again from the haphazard placement and surprised a lot of terrible stories on the Internet has been around. When I visited to learn Korean female tour guide when I visited 15 years ago, "stumbled across during about 100 years ago, Japanese the chance shelter for a mountain landslide buried disintegrated in the mountain at daybreak. Then came history scholar, such as overlay repair, was almost by their current form. Embed properly was found at that time there is no amount of clean stone, and now reflect the Sun's rays. Freaking placement including stones because then carried once for an exhibition in the mold for the degradation covered with glass to prevent the only glass to be found right now. But everyone was seen such statues, thus developed from the Seokguram is thanks to the Japanese. "And clearly remember us saying a word of thanks. Was so happy and look at this Buddhist temple I really like this in good condition, and to become a world heritage site, was really good. And someday I want to visit with the family. So, is very painful to watch many incredible stories circulating on the Internet. Buddha ever since Buddhism was introduced in 538, envoys and Japanese envoys, monks cross the sea, have been kept, even if different countries etc. and repair the great Buddha statue, such as why Japanese are half-hearted, confused?? Before the Buddha's calm and nature and mind become peaceful and just pray for peace.
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  • I heard that the bus from Bulguksa to Seokguram would be a bit troublesome in terms of the wait and the long walk required from the drop-off point in Seokguram bus stop to Seokguram itself. We took a ...  more »
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  • It's a nice walk up to the grotto but the temple itself is a great disappointment. For some reason they decided to completely fence the Buddha off with glass. They say it's for protection but there better ways for preservation and I actually wonder what exactly could happen to a GRANITE statue that is kept under roof?! It shouldn't even be on the UNESCO list since you can't really see it so it's not really available for the humanity.
  • Not worth it! A tourist trap at its finest. Overcharged for everything - including certain areas just to take a picture of the view. Can barely see anything in the cave where the Buddha statue is. Spend your day somewhere else!
  • Beautiful walk to the temple. You see chipmunks everywhere. There are some great views of the mountains and valleys. The grotto was really beautiful and the craftsmanship that went into building it was great.
  • Nice place (you need to walk between 2hours and 25min depending on where you begin). 5000 won to visit it. There is a nice Buddha inside of it (no photo allowed).
  • Little less interesting one of many budhist temples in Korea. Buddha is quite far behind glass wall in badly lighted grotta.