A guest feature by Littlestone.
Bulguksa Temple (불국사) South Korea
Rummaging through some old photographs yesterday I came across this one of Bulguksa Temple (불국사) in South Korea (which I visited some forty years ago, and where the photo was bought).
The Wikipedia entry for Bulguksa reads –
Bulguksa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism 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 statues 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.
How things can change; not all is doom and gloom in the field of cultural preservation. Everywhere in the world archaeologists, conservators, restorers and others work tirelessly to understand, protect and preserve our shared heritage. Today Bulguksa Temple looks like this –