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Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 8th century
Date of Inscription: 1995
Location: Asia, Republic of Korea, North Kyongsang Province
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Description: The Seokguram Grotto on the slopes of Mount T'oham, instituted in the 8th century, holds a monumental statue of the Buddha in the bhumisparsha mudra position facing the sea. Encompassing realistically and delicately sculpted portrayals of gods, Bodhisattvas and disciples, all in high and low relief - it is deemed a Far Eastern masterpiece of Buddhist art. The Temple of Bulguksa erected in 774 as well as the Seokguram Grotto shape a religious architectural complex of outstanding importance. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Seokguram Grotto is a hermitage and part of the Bulguksa temple complex. It lies four kilometers east of the temple on Mt. Tohamsan, in Gyeongju, South Korea. The grotto overlooks the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and rests 750 meters above sea level. In 1962, it was designated the 24th national treasure of Korea. In 1995, Seokguram was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Bulguksa Temple. It exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world. Bulguksa is a Buddhist temple in the North Gyeongsang province in South Korea. It is home to seven National treasures of South Korea, including Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Cheongun-gyo (Blue Cloud Bridge), and two gilt-bronze statutes 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. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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