If you make a day-trip to Gyeongju and fancy UNESCO World Heritage, it is best to visit Bulguksa Temple first thing in the morning because it is farther away than the downtown historical area. Then head back to town in the afternoon. That’s what I did. My next stop was Bomun Lake, a 19 km square resort area with many five-star hotels and spas. Bomun Lake is a large artificial lake that takes about 3 hours to finish a loop. The whole area was planted with cherry trees which blossom in spring. Although it is not the right season to visit now, it is still an interesting place to take a look and hangout. In Gyeongju, particularly this area, many buildings and facilities are built with traditionally designed architecture, making it an interesting tourist area. The Gyeongju downtown is a remarkable concentration of historical sites, including royal tombs, fortress, ancient observatory, pagodas, temples and palaces. Many of these places are nice in spring and summer when it is colourful and green. To be honest, it is simply impossible to visit all destinations in one day.…

Located in Gyeongju City, Bulguksa Temple was first built in 528 as a small wooden temple for the queen to pray for the welfare of the Silla kingdom and was originally called ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’.  The temple was rebuilt in 751 and renamed to Bulguksa upon completion in 774. It came no surprise that a temple with such a long history would have to go through many renovations and restoration. Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. There are seven national treasures in the temple complex, including the two pagodas, bridges and statues.

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