Thursday, May 17, 2012

JP-268799

I guess this will be the last update today. I'm feeling lazy now and just want to lay down and watch something on tv.
Anyway, this lovely snowy card is an official from Japan but it shows the Bulguksa Temple in South Korea, one of the Unesco sites in the country.
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JP-268799, sent by Junko.
Bulguksa is a Buddhist temple in the North Gyeongsang province of South Korea. Although much-restored, it is an important example of Silla architecture and is home to no less than seven Korean national treasures.
Given its important status today, it is interesting that Bulguksa was never intended to be a major temple. It was originally founded in 535 by King Pob-hung, for the use of his queen to pray for the welfare of the kingdom. The present temple was begun in 751 by Prime Minister Kim Daeseong.
Bulguksa was burned to the ground during the 1592 Hideyoshi Toyotomi invasion. It was partially reconstructed during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945) and fully restored under President Park Chung-hee (1961-1979).
Bulguksa Temple was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1995, together with the nearby Seokguram Grotto. - in: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/south-korea/bulguksa.htm

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