안녕하세요: Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple

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Time to explore my favourite part of Korea (so far) -- Gyeongju

This was actually my second time in Gyeongju, the first being back in 2012 when I visited Korea in summer with a group of singing friends. It was a day trip, and I love the place so much that I just know I have to revisit. Kind of OCD I know, but the only way I can explain this compulsion to return to Gyeongju was that I did not feel that my previous visit was "complete", so it was pretty much like a 50% complete task left on my to-do list for the longest time. I just had to go again so I finally can mark it complete. And I can truly say I went to Gyeongju, I know Gyeongju, and I still love it.



There are 2 train stations in Gyeongju, namely Gyeongju Station 경주역 and Sin-Gyeongju Station 신경주역, where I started my trip at. If you are taking KTX, you will be alighting at and leaving from Sin-Gyeongju Station. Don't go to the wrong one!



Gyeongju is not a developed city, thus you need to plan your itinerary wisely so you will not miss a bus and end up spending an hour at the bus stop waiting for the next one. The first picture shows the timing for bus 700, that brings you to Bulguksa Temple 불국사, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at its last stop. The left of the second picture shows the timing of bus 12, which you take from Bulguksa Temple up to Seokguram Grotto 석굴암, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the vicinity, whilst the right shows the buses available at Sin-Gyeongju Station and their respective route.


₩5,000 admission fee for adults

Bulguksa 불국사, which translate to Temple of the Land of Buddha, was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom but was burned down during the Imjin War between 1592 and 1598 (Japanese Invasion). Luckily, the stone altars, bridges, pagodas, lanterns and bronze statues of the Buddha escaped the fire, and restoration works began in 1969, so we can all witness the beauty of the temple and the fine masonry today.


When I spotted a path and decided to venture into the woods. For 5 minutes before I made a u-turn because it was too quiet and scary. Lols.


Saw a few written by Singaporeans ^.^


Stacking stones as a form of worship and to ask for good fortune


Perhaps I love historical and cultural sites of Korea because I was a Gungnyeo 궁녀 (palace maid) in my past life


Everything just feels so beautiful, serene and harmonious



After Bulguksa Temple, I took the bus up to Seokguram Grotto but I did not take any pictures because no one was doing yet and I felt self-conscious (like, in case photography was not allowed). In any case, Seokguram is the representative stone temple of Korea made of granite between 751 and 774, taking 24 years to complete. The place is nothing short of magnificent. Do make it a point to visit if you have some extra time!

Gyeongju National Museum coming up next,
Yvette

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