Seokguram
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The eighth-century cave temple with a statue of Buddha looking at the sea.
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Eric M
Basel, Switzerland88 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This place is definitely not worth the trip. The staff here are extremely rude and unfriendly, and what little there is to see is not very interesting. Don't waste your time and money unless you enjoy extremely crowded places and the experience of getting hassled by nasty people.
Written 15 May 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This buddhist grotto was built in the 8th century by the kings of Silla Kingdom and is a hermitage of the Bulguksa Temple. There’s a number 12 bus that goes from Bulgok-ro that goes all the way up the hill and stops about 1km at the carpark to the entrance to the site. Alternatively, it’s about an hour walk from Bulguksa Temple.

The grotto includes an arched entrance leading to a rectangular antechamber and behind that, a rotunda where the statue of Buddha calling Earth to witness. The antechamber has low bas-reliefs depicting devine kings, guardians, devas and other heavenly characters. The Buddha statue is larger than life, but a realistic rendition of a man, sitting in a lotus position.For the sake of conservation, the grotto has been placed behind a glass partition, but done so that visitors can get a clear view. The whole structure is a fine example of Silla era artwork and carving, and well worth a visit, which would only last about 5 minutes. It would take about 10 minutes to walk from the entrance to the grotto.
Written 12 May 2024
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MrsGNZ
South Island, New Zealand391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very fascinating place to visit something so ancient and historical. Totally engrossing as you walk around.
Written 25 July 2023
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camuche123
Brussels, Belgium787 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Long walk or drive from Bulguksa temple. Nothing really to see except a standing buddha behind a glass window...was expecting better.
Written 1 July 2023
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639abbie
Canberra, Australia1,392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It’s a hard walk up so I was told so take a bus up and do your research. Not a hard walk once up and do take advantage to ringing the gong for $1000 won or USD$1 . It’s a peaceful place otherwise so please be respectful.
Written 1 June 2023
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Felix T
Singapore, Singapore12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
A 8th century cave temple that is worth visiting to appreciate the artwork of the skilled craftsmen during the ancient silla era.

The serene environment allows one to gather inner peace.
Written 4 May 2023
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Seokguram Grotto was at the top of my list of sites to see when I visited Korea. UNESCO deems it a masterpiece of Buddhist art. The descriptions I read of the sculptures got my attention; and the structure itself was an architectural achievement for its time.

I rated it a 3 out of 5 because I found the grotto far less visually impressive than I had expected.

One walks a good distance from the ticket booth to the grotto - on an easy, level path. The longer-than-expected walk helps feed one's anticipation. But when one gets to the grotto itself, one find a large pane of glass across the door into the main chamber. You can't enter the chamber. One gets a good front on view of the Buddha statue - and a partial view of some of the other decorative sculptures.

The displays of Buddhist sculpture at the Seoul National Museum and the Gyeongju National Museum (which included a reproduction of sculptures from Seoguram) seemed better to me.

If in Geongju and going to nearby Bulguk-sa, I do recommend coming here too. I'll hope this review helps reset expectations for the visual impact slightly lower than mine were set by some of the overly enthusiastic reviews/descriptions I had read before coming here.
Written 3 April 2023
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Brita Safaris Ltd
Nairobi Region, Kenya18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Nice place visiting these traditional areas keeps the culture alive and the next generation has the opportunity to travel and experience the rich history held by these places
Written 23 February 2023
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AnLil
913 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Similar to Punjab/India’s Kohinoor Diamond, the Diamond of Seokguram stolen by Japan still ‘rubs’ postcolonial Koreans the wrong way. Built around 500 CE, on the unification of Korea, Seokguram became an enduring Korean treasure or symbol of religious might. From Busan, David Kim of KTour Story (+82-10-96508388 paid day trip through Klook) took pictures of our group at the ancient Silla city of Gyeongju. It would have been easier and better to visit Gyeongju’s Royal Tomb complex and Busan’s Yonggungsa Temple instead; but seeing that Typhoon Hinnamnor destroyed so much of Gyeongju, we felt privileged to have stopped at this rare temple symbol of Buddhist resistance. (Normally, people believed Korean Buddhists colluded or else largely converted to Christianity—in their anticolonial fight for sovereignty—until 1945 when Japan was defeated in WW2.)
Seokguram, in the Shilla dynasty’s capital of Gyeongju, remains a typical Korean mountain temple that would house a stone Buddha. It is not a must-see but was on the way to Bulguksa and Donggun Palace. Like countless artifacts, the diamond all-seeing eye was seized by the Japanese from the Buddha of Seokguram, just prior to WW1. However, the colonizers were unsuccessful in disassembling the tonnes of granite that comprised the temple structure that they’d intended to reassemble—like other Korean stolen artifacts—for transport to imperial Japan. Their botched attempt destroyed part of the temple or left it “leaky,” making the Buddha now a more or less ‘preserved’ statue behind a clear, airtight barrier. The grotto’s three-story stone pagoda is painted in the female-shamanistic colour design, also seen at Bulguksa and at royal palaces in Seoul. Except the 1500-year old foundation, part of the Anapji “Sky Garden” temple was bombed by the Japanese in the 14th century; hence, Yonggungsa was constructed. (Taking the light rail from Haeundae beach, it’s not far beyond the breaker walls of Mipo to visit Yonggungsa Temple by the shores of Busan’s Hilton Ananti.) Seokguram’s wooden structure was rebuilt 6 centuries ago and houses Buddhist features that can be seen in 45 minutes. A steep stone staircase and mountain path require good shoes to climb—especially in the rainy season past. Gyeongju’s Bus 12/24 “Bulguksa” travels until 4:45 to the parking lot below. It is within driving distance of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo and Shilla Millennium Park, where you can start your journey to Gyeongju.
Written 11 September 2022
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FeltonS
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a magical, sacred place that even the finest fantasy writer couldn't dream up. Good to visit during the off-season, or early in the week, when crowds aren't present and the magic really comes through. The 25 minute walk isn't difficult, but it's not recommended for anyone who has trouble on hills.
Written 15 June 2022
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