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February 28, 2006
From journal Gyeongju, Ancient Cultural Capital of Korea
by John Lamb
Colorado Springs, Colorado
January 1, 2002
Taxi or a bus will get you there easily. A taxi can be expensive (12,000 won), but direct and quick. It is sometimes hard to get one back also. The parking lot below the temple is the best place to go for taxis or buses. The entrance fee to the temple is 3,000 won.
The temple is gorgeous and one of the best I have ever seen. Stone stairways gracefully lead up to the temple. All the stonework seen at Bulguksa is original. Unfortunately, you can't go up the stairs; you have to go around. The temple is a huge complex of buildings and very beautiful to meander through. The main hall contains a tall golden Buddha. Don't be afraid to go in. Just make sure to take off your shoes, avoid shorts and be respectful of course. One of my favorite sections is where thousands of small cairns are put up by people who want there wishes granted. The little piled rocks fit in all over a small shrine. There is a tall pagoda in the main courtyard and from there you can look upon the surrounding from the top of the main staircases.
The temple is worth the trip to Gyeongju itself, so make sure to stop by and spend some time walking through.
From journal Gyeongju--Korea's Ancient Capital