Golguram Hermitage

This hermitage, not far from Gyeongju’s east coast, contained a stone-carved seated Buddha. Steps led to small caves where other statues were contained before I finally reached the four metre high Buddha. It was believed that the Silla Buddha image was carved between the 7thand 9thcentury where originally there had been twelve caves at the site.

Golgulsa Temple, Gyeongju
Rock carved seated Buddha at Golguram hermitage

Golguram Hermitage was also a learning centre for the practice of a mixture of disciplines including Korea’s tai chi. Members gave a brief performance stressing the importance of meditation and correct posture that made us sit straighter.

Climb to carved Buddha, Golgulsa Temple, Gyeongju
Looking down at the precarious climb from the Buddha statue next to Golgulsa Temple

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