Korea Day 11: Gyeongju pt. 2

Today we visited the iconic Buddhist temples in Gyeongju. Since the Silla dynasty was predominantly Buddhist (compared to the following Joseon dynasty which switched to Confucianism), many of the most famous Buddhist temples were located here.

Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram Grotto is a temple built into a mountain face. It was forgotten during the Joseon dynasty and wasn't rediscovered until the 20th century (around 1000 years). It was still preserved remarkably well, but some restoration is ongoing. I wasn't able to take pictures of the actual temple, but there were some beautiful Buddhist lanterns outside.

Lanterns

Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple is the most famous temple in Korea, for good reason. It has been beautifully well-preserved.

Guards

Wooden statues guarding the outer entrance.

Entrance to the temple

Main entrance to the temple.

Lotus

Beautiful lotus flower outside the entrance.

Archway

Animal statue

Not sure exactly what animal this is, but it was a nice photography object.

Artwork

Cool piece of artwork on the side of the gift shop.

Golgulsa Temple

Golgulsa Temple is a temple that specializes in martial arts. Apparently it's also home to the most popular templestay program in the country. Templestay is a program where you stay overnight at a temple and live like a monk for a day.

There was a cool martial arts performance that we got to see as well.

Buddha statue

Buddha statue at the entrance.

Dog

Dog statue guarding the entrance.

Martial Arts 1

Martial Arts 2

Martial Arts 3

Buddha

Korea's Eastern Coast

We finished up our trip to Gyeongju by seeing the Eastern coast of Korea. It looked very similar to Jeju.

Coast