Bulguksa, whose name means "Buddha land temple", is one of the few surviving examples of Silla architecture. According to legend it was founded in 535 as Hwaeombeomnyusa temple. Although most of Bulguksa is a reconstruction, the foundation stones and the pagodas are original.
The temple was sacked in the 1592 Hideyoshi Toyotomi invasions and all of the wooden buildings were burned to the ground. It was partially reconstructed during the Japanese occupation of Korea and later fully restored during the regime of president Park Chung-hee (1961-1979).
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