Pulguksa, Korea. Photograph by Jane E Keeler

Pulguksa, Korea. Photograph by Jane E Keeler

Pulguksa (Temple of the Buddha Land)
North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Photograph by Jane E Keeler, 2006

Pulguksa was first constructed in 535 CE (Silla period). It includes two stone pagodas in the temple courtyard known as Sokkatap and Tapotap. Temple also has two staircases, one to the east (Blue and White Cloud Bridge) and the other to the west (Lotus Flower and the Seven Gems), which symbolise bridges between the secular world and the sacred land of the Buddha.