Monday, July 2, 2012

Korea, Gyeongju : 석굴암 grotto

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I then took the bus to 석굴암 grotto.  석굴암 grotto is situated higher in the mountain. It was first constructed in 751 by a prime minister of the Silla empire. The cave shelters a statue of Buddha surrounding by relief carving of several figures, counting Devas, Bodhisattva, Arhants, Bodhisattva of Boundless Mercy, Guardian Gods and Kings... The Grotto was configured in a way that the sunlight would reach the Buddha only once a year during the spring solstice. Now there is a glass so that we cannot reach the Buddha but can only admire the art work in the front side of it.
It represent the best of the arts during the Silla period but it's also regarded as the best of Asia Buddhist work. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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