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“Beautifully restored temple” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple
15-1 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
054-746-9913
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Ranked #2 of 41 Attractions in Gyeongju
4.0 of 5 stars 324 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: An impressive complex of stone pagodas and wooden shrines.
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“Beautifully restored temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

An absolute must when visiting Gyeongju. Be sure to also visit Seokguram Grotto, as well. Try to get a guide for the site to learn a bit more about it.

Visited January 2013
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Pohang, South Korea
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“Not what its cracked up to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Bulguksa is somewhat different than the dime a dozen Jogye Order Buddhist Temples but not much. This temple is so overhyped it is pretty much a tourist trap. The only thing which makes it very worthwhile is the pagoda on the 10 won piece. There are many temples in Korea that are much more interesting and beautiful. If you want to see a good temple in SK I'd suggest going to Hainsa outside of Daegu which has the Buddhist canon that is a couple years of the age of 1,000 now or to Tongdosa 20 minutes north of Busan which is supposed to have the bones of Buddha.

Of the 100 odd temples I've visited in SK Bulguksa doesn't rank anywhere near the top. My friend Dale has fairly good blog on some of the temples in SK. http://daleskoreantempleadventures.blogspot.kr/

Many of the other interesting temples in Korea also have more shaman worship happenening than this overmarketed spot.

If riding a motorcycle the road to the higher temple (Seoknamsa?) is a good ride not too steep with plenty of curves.

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful Autumn Foilage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The temple has some very pretty gardens with amazing autumn foilage. However, it given its popularity, expect a huge crowd at this popular UNESCO World Heritage attraction.

Visited November 2012
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“Too far to go”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Overall, felt quite empty inside but the entrance was very nice. Most of the doors were closed guess its because of winter, covered by snow, those dry places were full of sand prob because the famous tower was under construction at the moment. Piled up stones were quite a peaceful and nice scene to see. It could be a good choice for believer to worship.

Visited December 2012
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“Underwhelming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This UNESCO site is far away from city centre and it took quite some time to get there, either by own transport, taxi or bus. At Gyeonju, people in general don't converse in English. Despite that the bus does indicate of certain stops in English, the directory is actually written in Hangul. Unless the bus driver has basic understanding of English, travellers like myself are at the mercy of their kindness in showing us the way. Suffice to say that it's Bus 700 to get to the destination and it's around 40 minutes per loop. The site is sprawling with historical pavillions housing deities. For those of you that have been templed out in Asia just as much as some of us that have been churched out in Europe, there's nothing that actually stands out from this visit. For those of you that have limited time at Gyeongju, I strongly suggest for you folks to do places of interest within City Centre. Once you are here, you are literally stranded.

Visited December 2012
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