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Address: 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38127, South Korea
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Phone Number: +82 54-746-9913
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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An impressive complex of stone pagodas and wooden shrines.

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Beautiful temple

Beautiful temple, with amazing architecture. Highly recommended to be visited either during spring or autumn to enjoy the beautiful,colourful scenery.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful temple, with amazing architecture. Highly recommended to be visited either during spring or autumn to enjoy the beautiful,colourful scenery.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit, but not amazing. Impressive buildings. I did not go inside the shrines. Well worth a visit. Its easy to get there by bus 10 or 11 leaving across the street from the bus station. Busride took aprox 40 min

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this site whilst staying at Gyeongju. Just under an hour to get to on the number 10 bus. Spent a couple of hours exploring the site - very cultural, great spot for taking photographs, but otherwise not much to do there other than observe. Would recommend not going on a Saturday as it is very busy. Worthwhile visit -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is quite far away from the Gyeongju city center. You have the option of taking a taxi (I'm guessing at around 30000 won) or taking a bus (#10) there. I did the latter and it took us nearly an hour to get there. The bus drops you off at the bottom of the hill where the temple is... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens around the temple and worth a visit, especially in autumn when the leaves of the gingko and maple trees are in full colour as the weather cools. The temple is classified as historic and scenic by the government, and regarded as a masterpiece of the golden age of Buddhist art during the Silla Kingdom.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is a UNESCO patrimony of humanity which consists of a series of buildings around a main buddhist temple. We got there with bus #10 from across the street of the intercity bus station after a 30 minutes ride. It is indeed a very interesting religious complex dating back several centuries. Most of both buildings were damaged or destroyed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit .. as a backpacker/ self arrangement .. need more attention for the public transportation, cause it majority use Korean language, no English at all .. long walk from bus station to the entrance.. the fees was $5000 Korea won .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, it is restored, but this has been done very well to retain the original features using appropriate materials. This approach has been endorsed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Very colourful and reasonably quiet to allow for peaceful reflection. An extensive site within a rural setting and certainly well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful temple and gardens, and obviously well used, which is good to see. Just going there made us feel peaceful. Very easy to get to from Gyeongju. Highly recommended.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This one was a tough call to make given the consensus that this is regarded as one of if not the most important temples in the country. But on reflection, a month removed from visiting, I can only rate it average. Why? There is virtually nothing original, and not much very old. Of course, that is not the temple's fault,... More 

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