[EMILE] Gyeongju’s Spectacular Cultural Assets Seen in EMILE! ③ Seokguram Grotto

2018 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand Performance


The representative performance of Gyeongju, <EMILE>, where you can feel the grandeur and culture of the spectacular Silla!!

Silla’s precious cultural assets are hidden within the <EMILE> performance!

This is a time to appreciate <EMILE> together with these cultural assets!

Today’s post will focus on Seokguram Grotto, one of the cultural assets that appears in <EMILE>.

Most of you will probably agree that Seokguram Grotto is one of the cultural assets representative of Gyeongju!

Shall we delve deeper into the details of Seokguram Grotto?

Seokguram Grotto

Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain (吐含山) in Gyeongju, is the representative stone temple of Korea that was built during the Silla Kingdom.

Reflecting the faith and devotion of the people of Silla, excellent architectural beauty and advanced sculpting skills among other things, Seokguram Grotto has been designated as National Treasure No. 24 as well as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Source: [Naver Encyclopedia] Seokguram Grotto [石窟庵]

Credit: [Naver Encyclopedia]

Inside Seokguram Grotto, the Bonjon Buddha, the possessor of the grotto, looks over the East Sea mystically with a dignified expression and commanding figure.

From an architectural point of view, the rotunda ceiling was built using sturdy rocks instead of trees or soil.

This would be impossible without a precise plan and basic science to back it up.

It is said that the origin of the excellent expertise involved here cannot be found anywhere in the world.

Unfortunately, entrance into Seokguram Grotto is not allowed at present.

The reason for this is during the Japanese colonial period, to allow for ventilation, cement was used to construct a concrete dome, resulting in humidity build-up and moisture infiltration in the grotto.

Source: [Naver Encyclopedia] [문화재를 찾아서] 석굴암, 민족 문화의 원형 (살아있는 한국사 교과서, 2012. 4. 9., 휴머니스트), UNESCO World Heritage Centre Website

And this is the Bonjon Buddha of Seokguram Grotto that appears as the background in <EMILE>!!

<EMILE> tells a heart-wrenching love story between the 36th King of Silla, Hyegong, and a lady with a lowly status named Emile.

Gyeongju Brand Performance [EMILE] Scene 7: Destiny

The appearance of the Bonjon Buddha of Seokguram Grotto in parts of <EMILE> makes it easy to identify that <EMILE> is set in the time of the Silla Kingdom!

Gyeongju Brand Performance [EMILE] Scene 7: Destiny

The sorrowful love story of Hyegong and Emile, combined with the myth of the Emile Bell, make up <EMILE>!

You can feel the sorrow of this legend of love encompassing a millenium as well as Silla’s splendid and majestic grandeur!

Come and meet Jeongdong Theater <EMILE> at Gyeongju World Culture Expo’s Cultural Center Performance Hall today!! 🙂

2018 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand Performance


2018.05.22 ~ OPEN RUN

Tue – Sat 7.30PM (Closed on Sun & Mon)

Gyeongju World Culture Expo’s Cultural Center Performance Hall


Choreographer·Director_Kim Chunghan, Writer_Lee Byeongjun, Composer_Kim Taegeun, Stage·Prop Design_Im Il-jin, Lighting_Won Donggyu, Video_Kim Jangyeon, Costume_Yeo Jihye, Makeup_So Ingyeong



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