Seokguram Grotto made it on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 along with Bulguksa Temple. It represents some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world today.
It was supposedly built by Kim Daeseong and was originally named Seokbulsa ( 석불사 ) which means ‘Stone Buddha Temple’. It was finished in 774 shortly after Kim’s death.
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple are very close and I would advise if you make it to one of these you may as well do both (as they are both worth seeing). There are buses between the two and if you’re feeling extra energetic you could even walk 🙂 The reason people come here (including myself) is to see the large Buddha statue which is located towards to top of the mountain as well as to enjoy the views and the lovely walk to the top. Hope you enjoy my pictures of Seokguram Grotto 🙂
As i mentioned earlier, Seokguram is best visited at the same time as Bulguksa Temple as they are very close and are a little bit away from the city.
If you plan to come by Bus, from Gyeongju Bus Terminal OR Gyeongju Station:
1. Take Bus 10 or 11 and get off at Bulguksa Temple ( 불국사 ).
2. From Bulguksa Temple, take Bus 12 to Seokguram Grotto ( 석굴암 ) (30 min intervals).
If you are looking for other places to visit in Gyeongju, make sure you check out Anapji Pond and Bulguksa Temple. If you have any questions about my time here, feel free to leave a comment 🙂 and I’ll help you out where I can.