Friday, 1 July 2011

Gyeongju Trip : Bulguksa Temple

Last week I went to Gyeongju with both of my housemate, Eka & Mbak Fieanty, and also Eka's family. Eka's parents and younger brother, they came here for visiting Eka. Gyeongju is quite near from city where we live since it's still in same province. It needs around an hour taking a bus from in front of our campus to Gyeongju bus terminal. Then, we took Gyeongju city bus for reaching out Bulguksa temple. Find bus no. 10 or 11 in front of terminal. We just needed to pay 1000 won for around 40 minutes travel. Bulguksa temple is far enough from Gyeongju bus terminal, and it is almost on the last of bus stop. Actually, we wanted to join Gyeongju City Tour bus. But, when we arrived there, it was already late. The last bus is at 11 a.m. So, next time if going to Gyeongju, we will arrive there early not more than 11 a.m. Gyeongju City Tour bus office is near Gyeongju bus terminal.

Bulguksa temple itself is very popular tourist destination in South Korea. According to Wikipedia, it is home to seven National treasures of South Korea, including Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Cheongun-gyo (Blue Cloud Bridge), and two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha. The temple is classified as Historic and Scenic Site No. 1 by the South Korean government. In 1995, Bulguksa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Seokguram Grotto, which lies four kilometers to the east. The temple is considered as a masterpiece of the golden age of Buddhist art in the Silla kingdom. It is currently the head temple of the 11th district of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

According to my friend, he said that every Korean student has ever gone there as program from school. And all members of my lab have gone there at least twice when they were on high school. Bulguksa temple itself is relatively large with some of building and place for worship which still on function. Since we went there on rainy days, so that it looks gloomy on all of picture I took. For entering Bulguksa temple, we need to pay entrance ticket for amount 4000 won each person.

Lakelet on the way to the temple

Look on the sky! Gloomy... gloomy... gloomy...

In front of Bulguksa temple, posing with umbrella ^^

Kimchi style... :p

Have no idea :D

Drinking water in front of temple. It comes from fountain and we can drink the water directly. It taste really fresh.

In front of temple (another side view)

In front view of temple

I like this pillar so much.

Inside is place for worship and we don't be allowed for taking picture.

The building inside


In front of Dabotap

Look on to pile of stone! I wonder what that's means since I often find this in some places.

We ate bibimbap here, Ulsan Restaurant. It tastes really delicious. Recommended!