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“Mountaintop Gem”
Review of Seokguram

Seokguram
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Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Sites and History Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Private Korean Cultural Heritage Tour Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa...
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Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and...
Ranked #6 of 65 things to do in Gyeongju
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Owner description: The eighth-century cave temple with a statue of Buddha looking at the sea.
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We waited for a bus as it was too hot to climb up the mountain path. It is a tranquil spot but filled with tourists - most of them Korean on the day we were there (a National holiday) - so you cannot linger too long at the shrine. Be sure to give a donation for the chance to ring the huge bell (using a log on chains).

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Date of Visit: 2013-09-23
We walked up the hill to visit the Buddha. Respecting the request not to photograph, all I can say that it is well worth the walk.
The view over the valley below is very nice, as it was a clear day.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We choose to walk up hill looking for a meditation walk to the 1500 years old Buddha, well conserve for the time. Well! they keep him behind a protected window, they said to allowed people to see Him.
But for the photographers, forget it, not allowed...Disappointment do.
The climb is a 2.2km to the parking ( where bus number 12 can bring you from the main street in front of the tourist office) plus a 1.6km to the Grotto. Sadly we choose the wrong hour (mid-morning) for our meditation walk. More than 1000 noisy students were going up and down to.
The last 1.6km will cost you 4000 won and if you want to "dong" the bell, another 1000 won. Compare to the beautiful Buddha and surrounding on Jeju Island (1000 won) it is to much
So, for all those reasons we give an "average" note

1  Thank Road20years
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Loved this site even though it poured with rain and we got absolutely soaked to the skin. The grotto is very special and atmospheric. Its a bit of a walk up to it but the views must be spectacular on a clear day (we only saw cloud) This was my favorite site in Gyeongju despite the weather.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is a UNESCO sight so we had high expectations. The walk up the mountain to the grotto was lovely and peaceful and much enjoyed. After paying our 4000 Won each we walked to the grotto and found that ithere is a glass partition in front of the opening that is very reflective. I understand that there is a need for preservation, but this glass made sure that there could be no feeling of calm or spirituatlity between us and the beautiful Buddha. It could be that they are in the process of renovation, but hopefully the end result will be better than this. We felt rather cheated, unfortunately.

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