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The Seokguram Buddha (석굴암) prior to its restoration

Another rummage through some old photographs today threw up this one of the Seokguram Buddha (석굴암) in South Korea prior to its restoration some forty years ago. Part of the Wikipedia entry for the Seokguram Buddha reads –

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. It is classified as National Treasure No. 24 by the South Korean government and is located at 994, Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do. 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.

The Seokguram Buddha now. Source Wikipedia. Image credit Richardfabi

 See also Part I of Not all is doom and gloom…