Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju is the top most historic & scenic site of South Korea ( Classified by The Government South Korea). It was also added to UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. Bulguksa Temple was originally called ‘Beopryusa Temple’ or ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’. It was built during the reign of Shilla Dynasty in 528. It was rebuilt in 751 by Kim Dae-Seong. When the temple was finally completed in 774, it was named Bulguksa Temple.
Since then it has gone under numerous renovation under different dynasties. During Japanese invasion ( the Imjinwaeran War, 1592-1598) it was burnt down. It again went under around 40 renovations & was often targetted by the robbers. Finally in 1968, a restoration committee was set which renovated the temple & replaced the damaged parts.
One of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
” Bulguksa is a Buddhist temple complex that comprises a series of wooden buildings on raised stone terraces. The grounds of Bulguksa are divided into three areas – Birojeon (the Vairocana Buddha Hall), Daeungjeon (the Hall of Great Enlightenment) and Geungnakjeon (the Hall of Supreme Bliss). These areas and the stone terraces were designed to represent the land of Buddha. The stone terraces, bridges and the two pagodas – Seokgatap (Pagoda of Sakyamuni) and Dabotap (Pagoda of Bountiful Treasures) – facing the Daeungjeon attest to the fine masonry work of the Silla.” – UNESCO on Bulguksa Temple
The glory of Bulguksa Temple
Apart from its illustrious history, Bulguksa Temple is also famous for the Seven National Treasures of South Korea it encompasses. Such as…
- Yeonhwa-gyo Chilbo-gyo
- the Golden Seated Amita Figure
- the Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure
If you are a history lover & explorer, you will be ecstatic to know the magnificent facts & witness the rich architecture of the place.
The vehicles are allowed up until the entrance point parking lot. It is convenient for elderly & people travelling with the young kids. You can also hire wheelchairs if required.
The temple is surrounded by lush green lawns & small ponds. The whole aura of the place is so tranquil.
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I found a small turtle sunbathing on a stone in the middle of the waterfall. What a luxury! :)
We visited the place in the morning hours. In spite of the Chuseok holidays, we didn’t encounter much crowd. ( Just the way I like it. )
Scary yet fascinating
One thing that I missed there was lack of proper description about the sculptures & artifacts in english.
A beautiful stone carved water fountain.
A Korean Mythological ‘FISH’ figure
Dabotap- one of the Seven National Treasure of South Korea in Bulguksa Temple
The visit to Bulguksa temple has been one of the most enriching experiences in South Korea. I got to know a little more about the remarkable history of the place. I was spellbound by the beauty & architectural brilliance. It has triggered an urge to explore more about the history, facts & unexplored territories. I hope I will…
385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
How to get there
You can take a bus No. 10 or 11 from the Gyeongju Express bus terminal & get down at Bulguksa Temple Stop. The travelling time is approx 1 hr.
Children below Five – Free
1.First thing first, if you are in Gyeongju you MUST visit Bulguksa temple. It’s a traveler’s delight.
2. The place get little crowded during weekends. If you can, keep the visit for the weekday or day time for hassel free exploring.
3. Food & drinks are not allowed inside the tempe primises. Athough you can buy juice, sofe drinks & coffee from a vending machine installed inside. There is also a small souvenior shop if you want to take home a cute little replicas.
4. They have wheelchair facility for elderly & people with special needs.