Bulguksa Temple


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Bulguksa Temple, built with a combination of stylish architecture, Buddhist spirit and natural surroundings, symbolizes Buddha's land on earth.

The stone layers harmonize perfectly with the different structures, such as the several halls and the statues of Buddha within them.

Bulguksa Temple was built in the 10th year of King Gyeongdeok,751 A .D. by Kim Dae-seong, in memory of his parents. It was restored to its original condition in 1973.

It was designated as the UNESCO Cultural Heritage on December 6, 1995.

Cheong-un and Baek-un (Blue and White Cloud) Bridges are actually staircases to Jahamun Bridge, and lead to the main hall, which contains the Seokgamoni Buddha.

Yeonhwa and Chilbo (Lotus Flower and Seven Gem) Bridges lead to Geungnakjeon (Paradise) Hall. Bridges, to the Buddhists, have a deeper meaning than just a structure that crosses some obstacle; they are also a bridge leading from the secular world to the land of Buddha.

The hall symbolizes the "Land of Buddha," the Western Paradise, where good spirits go. Inside, the gilt bronze seated Amitabha is enshrined.

Also, there is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy in Gwaneumjeon Hall and the gilt bronze seated Vairocana in Birojeon Hall.

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