Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram Grotto was a small site and different from others I’d visited. The attraction was an 8thcentury granite Buddha housed in the side of the cliff that was enclosed within a building. This large Buddha was carved during the Silla dynasty.

Seokguram Grotto, Gyeongju
Steps leading to Seokguram Grotto at the top where photographs of the Buddha were not permitted.

I waited in line and moved step by step before entering the building. The Buddha sat in a rectangular antechamber behind glass to protect this UNESCO heritage statue. Along the walls other kings and gods flanked the sides.

Seokguram Grotto to Bulguksa trail
Seokguram Grotto to Bulguksa trail. Note the hessian path that I often saw on South Korean trails.

After a visit to the grotto, it was time to return to Bulguksa for a late lunch where lines of restaurants awaited. I decided to take the steps that descended to Bulguksa over two kilometres below instead of the bus. While I descended, I was impressed by the number of hikers because this part of the trail was far steeper that the one to Tohamsan Peak.