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“Beautiful Autumn Foilage” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple
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Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and...
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Gyeongju
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: An impressive complex of stone pagodas and wooden shrines.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Beautiful Autumn Foilage”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 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 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 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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“Beautiful Bulguksa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

one of South Korea's most famous temples (a photo by the steps are supposed to bring good luck) - yo'ull find a very impressive array of buildings and particularly rooftops - plus look out for the beautiful painted 'angels' playing flutes ...

Visited June 2012
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“Grand Temple of Silla”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

I've had the great pleasure of visiting Bulguksa Temple on two occassions. During the winter season there are few visitors, but the downside is the bare trees and brown grass. During the summer, the crowds can almost overwhelm the site if you don't arrive early. The plus side is the beautiful ponds and green foliage.

Most of the buildings date back to a major recontruction in 1973. However, there are quite a few wooden buildings that date back to the Joseon dynasty. No wooden buildings date back to the original temple built during the Silla dynasty. Do not be too dissapointed however, the magnificient stone structures are original and date back to the late 7th century. A number of important relics such as stone lanterns and Buddha statues can also be found at Bulguksa.

Speaking of the stone structures, the two pagodas are masterpieces of Silla achitecture. Indeed, for many Korean visitors Dabotap & Seokgatap are the major highlights of the temple. There are 7 National Treasures located at Bulguksa. There are decorative symbolic stone bridges at the temple entrance that are exceptional. Bulguksa Temple along with the nearby Seokguram Grotto together make a worthy world heritage site.

Visited February 2012
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