|Seokguram Grotto [UNESCO World Heritage] (경주 석굴암)|
|Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea.
The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. The construction was
started by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (742-765) of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935) and it was finished twenty-four years later in 774, during the reign of King Hye-Gong (765-780).
Seokguram is known to have been built with Bulguksa Temple. According to the history book Samgukyusa of the Goryeo Dynasty (the country that unified the Korean peninsula at the end of the Silla Kingdom, 918~1392), Kim Dae-Seong had built Bulguksa for the parents who were alive, and Seokguram for the parents of his former life.
Seokguram is an artificial stone temple made of granite, and is located on the eastern peak of Mt. Toham. Inside the round-shaped main hall, there are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva and his disciples. Seokguram was built to preserve these statues. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with lotus flower design. The rounded ceiling looks like a half-moon or a bow and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. As the sunrise from this spot is so beautiful, many people climb the mountain at daybreak.
|National Treasure No. 24 (designated on December 20, 1962)|
|N/A (Open all year round)|
|Tour Course Information|
|To truly appreciate the magnificence of Seokguram Grotto, visitors may want to visit Silla Arts and Science Museum in Gyeongju Folk Craft Village. In the museum, visitors can see a miniature model of the grotto to learn about its construction and maintenance as well as the technologies behind them. The museum also shows the inside of the grotto through a model, which is an area not open to the public.|
|Adults (ages over 19): 4,000 won
Youths (ages 13-18): 3,000 won / Group (over 30): 2,500 won
Children (ages 7-12): 2,000 won / Group (over 30): 1,500 won
Children (ages under 7): Free (individual) / Group (over 10): 1,000 won
|Interpretation Services Offered|
|Korean Culture & Tourism Guide: English, Japanese, Chinese
* Advanced reservations required.
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
|From Gyeongju Intercity
Express Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Station,
Take Bus 10 or 11 and get off at Bulguksa Temple (불국사).
From Bulguksa Temple, take Bus 12 to Seokguram Grotto (석굴암) (30min intervals).