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“Nice ancient architecture” 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.
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“Nice ancient architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

It is a beautiful temple and looks lovely during Autumn. You are not allowed access from the main steps. Got to use the side access to enter to the temple area.

At the main hall, there are a few national treasures residing there. The stone pagoda structure is the one feature in 10 Korean Won coin. The golden rat is also a national treasure. You can play a little treasure hunt here, try look for another golden rat hidden under a roof structure at the prayer hall. It is believed to bring you luck if you can find it. Easier if you refer to the sign where they show the picture of the rat.

I did not spent too much time here as I found it very noisy with group tours and student trips.
Overall, glad to be there and took some photos of the temple.

Visited October 2013
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“Bulguksa Temple visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

It took a long time to get there, but it was worth seeing all the trees and their different colours. I would totally recommend going in fall.
The bus was over 40 minutes from town. You can take the 10 or 11 bus.

Visited November 2013
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“Korean Historic Site #1 for a Reason”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto are two of the national treasures of Korea. They have been well preserved and are incredible structures with a deep feeling of history beyond what can be seen with eyes alone. Having said that, October is a beautiful month in Korea, which makes it high Korean tourist season and a busy time for Korean school fieldtrips. Early morning and late afternoon are the best time to avoid school groups, and late afternoon sunlight made for some extraordinary photos. Be prepared to be patient as people line up in your perfect shot to take their selfies. Try out your Korean, and let them practice their English with you. It is a great time to make new friends. Probably the most disturbing intrusion into photos of Bulguksa is the building built directly behind it in which the great pagoda is being restored. It is an eyesore... but I am told it is temporary, and will come down when the restoration is finished. This is well worth the minimal admission fee.

Visited October 2013
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“Nice Temple in the Mountains”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

Maybe not my favorite Temple in Korea but something you probably have to go to when in Gyeongju. There are several free Guided-Tours but if you have an smart-phone with a data-plan, you can use the QR-Codes at some stations to hear and read about some details. Getting there with the regional bus is a breeze if you plan in advance and very cheap but might take almost an hour when departing from Gyeongju.

Visited October 2013
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“Too busy for my liking”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

The temple complex is large, with really interesting grounds which you could wander for ages. I came during the autumn season and the trees over shadowing everything made it look beautiful. The only thing that really took away the serenity and peacefulness that a temple is meant to be.. are the huge crowds of people. I guess it can only be expected, but next time, I'd advise getting there super early to avoid the crowd and really take in the surroundings. Not sure if it was worth the 4000 KRW to get in either.

Visited November 2013
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