Seokguram Grotto [UNESCO]

Seokguram Grotto Description

Seokguram is located on Tohamsan Mountain and is the representative stone temple of Korea. Seokguram Seokgul is the official name of Seokguram. It is an artificial stone temple made of granite and was designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. The construction was started in 751 by Kim Dae-Seong. Construction was finished in 774.

The grotto is known to have been built along with Bulguksa Temple. According to the history books, Kim Dae-Seong built Bulguksa Temple for his parents in his current life, and Seokguram Grotto for his parents from his former life.

Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva, and his disciples are located inside the round-shaped main hall. The Bonjon figure is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. The rounded ceiling looks like a half-moon and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. Enjoying sunrise from this spot is quite beautiful and because of this, manypeople climb the mountain at daybreak.


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Operating Hours

February to Mid March and October: 7:00am to 5:30pm

Mid March to September: 6:30am to 6:00pm

November to January: 7:00am to 5:00pm



N/A (Open all year round)


Admission Fees

Adults (ages over 19): 5,000KRW

Teenagers (ages 13-18): 3,500KRW

Children (ages 7-12): 2,500KRW

Children (ages under 7): Free