Originally built in 528, Bulguk-sa provides an excellent example of architecture from the Shilla Dynasty. Literally meaning "Buddha Land," it remained intact for more than 1,000 years before the Japanese destroyed it in 1593. Only a few of the buildings were rebuilt until the 1970s when it was completely reconstructed. It is designated Historic and Scenic Place #1. UNESCO recognized it as an international cultural property in 1995.
Set amid the foothills of T'ohamsan, the beautiful aesthetics of the buildings complement the surrounding area. The scenes are breathtaking with the changing colors of autumn. The temple compound houses a number of national treasures, including Blue Cloud Bridge and White Cloud Bridge, Lotus Flower Bridge and Seven Treasures Bridge, Seokka Pagoda, and Tabo Pagoda. It also contains a gift shop with many books in English and Japanese.