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.