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  • Day57

    Bulguska and Seokguram

    June 11, 2016 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    So today I was joined by Hyejin who I met yesterday. She was bored and wanted to practice her English.

    Visited a famous Buddhist temple where everything seemed to be a Korean national tresure. Unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures inside. I also couldn't take pictures at Seokguram, but it was impressive to see.

    Ended the day by taking the wrong bus (thanks Hyejin) and then going for a Korean buffet so I was able to try lots of different things. There was rice, rice compressed to look like pasts, rice cakes for dessert, and rice to drink too. Also ate the fried crab in the picture, all of it. Tasty but pointy.

    Finished by watching an orchestra and opera singers next to the lake. It was a good day.
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  • Day15

    Bulguksa Temple - Gyeongju

    October 13, 2016 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Our afternoon was spent exploring this centuries old temple saying back to 751. As a world heritage site the scale of the temple buildings is huge and the grounds are kept in pristine condition. The temple is much larger than any we saw in Japan and the stunning Autumn leaves were simply captivating.

    To our surprise the areas surrounding Busan have been a lot greener with fruit, flowing cherry trees and many more in abundance even in city areas. A large percentage of the streets are fully tree lined and make the tourist sites something special.

    The construction of the temple itself began in 751 but was burned by invaders in 1593 because it was used as a volunteer militia base. It was abandoned until 1969 when the initial 4 year restoration began. The site has 11 smaller sites within the same compound and is set on stunning grounds with a small water feature and beautiful gardens upon entry. The afternoon visit was truly worthwhile.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Saritap, 사리탑