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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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  • We came up here after Bulguk-sa (you can walk from one to the other). The walk up the hill is lovely and it's worth it to see the Buddha statue at the top. Complements a visit to Bulguk-sa very well. 
  • Very beautiful temple in a very beautiful location and easy to reach daytrip from Seoul by public transport (KTX, Train and bus) especially in combination with Anapji Pond and Bulguksa Temple 
  • From the entrance to almost excellent horizontal way. Weird Japan military to grottoes are entering the water to sink sentence winds save had been reworking the deterioration is likely gone. It is being restored in the traditional form and was listed as a world heritage site. Inside the caves, and is illuminated beautiful Buddha who was able to visit.
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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.