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Up in the mountains, past Bulguksa temple, we arrive to the biggest Buddha carved in a cave in Korea, The Budda and Grotto of Seokguram.

The Seokguram Grotto is part of the Bulguksa temple complex. It lies a fewkilometers east of the temple on Mt. Tohamsan, in Gyeongju, South Korea. The grotto overlooks the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and rests 750 meters above sea level. In 1962, it was designated the 24th national treasure of Korea. In 1995, Seokguram was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Bulguksa Temple. It exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world. [1]

It is said to have been built by Gim Daeseong and originally called Seokbulsa (석불사, Stone Buddha Temple). Construction began in 742 when Gim Daeseong resigned his position in the king's court or in 751, the 10th year of the reign of King Gyeongdeok of Silla. This time period was the cultural peak of Unified Silla. The grotto was completed by the Silla court in 774, shortly after Gim's death. An old legend stated that Gim was reincarnated for his filial acts in his previous life. The legend relates that the Bulguksa Temple was dedicated to Gims parents in his present life while the Seokguram Grotto was dedicated to Gim's parents from a previous life.

It is now one of the best known cultural destinations in South Korea. A viewing of the sunrise over the sea is especially popular.

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  • Copyright: Ricardo Centellas (riceal) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 1 N: 49] (319)
  • Genre: 地方
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  • Date Taken: 2010-09-27
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