Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Bulguksa Temple, South Korea

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it! I hope you'll all have a wonderful holiday season. Personally I'm hoping to get some sleep... Last night I managed to sleep for maybe two hours in total as my body clock is still a bit messed up from all the night shifts I've been doing, so I'm a bit tired now.. -_-

Anyway, just one postcard for today. There's no snow here in England at the moment, thank goodness, but I thought this would be appropriate for today and sort of Christmassy.

Bulguksa is located on the slopes of mount Toham (Jinheon-dong, Gyeongju city, North Gyeongsang province, South Korea). It is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and encompasses seven National treasures of South Korea, including Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Cheongun-gyo (Blue Cloud Bridge), and two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha. The temple is classified as Historic and Scenic Site No. 1 by the South Korean government. In 1995, Bulguksa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Seokguram Grotto, which lies four kilometers to the east.

The temple is considered as a masterpiece of the golden age of Buddhist art in the Silla kingdom. It is currently the head temple of the 11th district of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

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