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Jinhyeon-dong  -  Gyeongju-si  -  Gyeongsangbuk-do


August 9, 2007

Precincts of Bulguksa, Gyeongju

The construction of this temple was begun by Prime Minister Gim Dae-seong  in 751, the 10th year of King Gyeongdeok, and completed in 774, the  10th year of King Hyegong. The temple served as a center of Silla  Buddhism and of prayer for the protection of the country from foreign invasion. The entire temple was burnt down by Japanese invaders in  1593, the 26th year of Joseon King Seonjo, because the temple was used  as a base of the volunteer militia. Though the main hall and a few other principal buildings were rebuilt, it was not until 1969-73 that it was  completely restored after thorough research, investigation and  excavation of the ancient temple site.
Important cultural properties  from the Unified Silla period located on the premises include the two  stone pagodas, Seokgatap and Dabotap pagodas, Yeonhwagyo and Cheongungyo bridges, Anyangmun gate, the seated gilt bronze Amitabha statue  enshrined in the Geuknakjeon hall, and the seated gilt bronze Vairocana  statue in the Birojeon. All these works and other Buddhist relics attest to the flowering of Buddhist art and culture of Silla. In 1995, along  with Seokguram grotto, the temple was designated as the world cultural  heritage by the UNESCO.

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