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Address: 999 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 780-400, South Korea
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The eighth-century cave temple with a statue of Buddha looking at the sea.

The eighth-century cave temple with a statue of Buddha looking at the sea.

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Lovely Buddha and beautiful views

We came up here after Bulguk-sa (you can walk from one to the other). The walk up the hill is lovely and it's worth it to see the Buddha statue at the top. Complements a visit to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Renton, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard that the bus from Bulguksa to Seokguram would be a bit troublesome in terms of the wait and the long walk required from the drop-off point in Seokguram bus stop to Seokguram itself. We took a taxi instead. We arrived at the complex after a hair raising 9000 won ride from Bulguksa. Note, it may be difficult to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long walking.. but end up nice amazing view, from entrance to the end (see Buddha) may take about 20 min walks..

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Thank Kennlai C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came up here after Bulguk-sa (you can walk from one to the other). The walk up the hill is lovely and it's worth it to see the Buddha statue at the top. Complements a visit to Bulguk-sa very well.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very beautiful temple in a very beautiful location and easy to reach daytrip from Seoul by public transport (KTX, Train and bus) especially in combination with Anapji Pond and Bulguksa Temple

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This historical temple has stunning carvings of Buddhist figures and is a pilgrimage site. The surroundings are beautiful forests with no evidence of human habitation. Your appreciation of this grotto would therefore depend if you like temples in remote, forested surroundings with no coffee shops in sight! There is a 10-15 min walk on a flat road and a few... More 

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Thank gyanfernando
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my 5 minutes at the top viewing the grotto, but this may not be for everyone. You can walk up from the Bulguksa Temple parking lot by the path to the right of the ticket booth but you will need at least moderate fitness as it is a good hour straight uphill and stairs. The hike is a... More 

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Thank Megan L
Vista
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a taxi up there from Bulguksa, not knowing I could have driven my car. It was pretty far. I had asked the driver to wait for me, but when I got the ticket, I found out it was a .6 km walk, mostly downhill, then uphill on the way back. Then came the stairs to get up to... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Religious considerations aside as I am not Buddhist but this is a cumbersome process for a limited experience. I did fully appreciate the amazing condition of the Buddha but as others have noted it does take a fair while to get the bus to and from Bulguksa, is pricey for Korea and you do have a very limited time to... More 

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Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is accessible by bus from Bulguksa Temple. I've seen this sculpture initially from watching Arirang. (Bus 12). The temple guide is too friendly to encourage me to walk on the stairs and after more than 50 steps, I'll be able to see the temple. While inside, it was too tempting to take a photo, but... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

When you visit Bulguksa temple, Seokguram is not far away. We are having difficulties deciding if it is worth it or not. Easy to visit by bus from Gyeongju or Bulguksa. The surroundings are beautiful and so is the grotto. But the experience is very very limited. The grotto and the Buddha itself is only visible from behind glass from... More 

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