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Anapji Pond, Gyeongju

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Take a stroll along Anapji Pond, a man-made body of water that used to form part of a lavish, 7th-century palace compound. Abandoned after the fall of the Silla Empire in 935 CE, the pond and its structures were renovated in 1974, during which time an array of relics and artifacts were excavated. Admire the scenic vista of the pond and its ancient buildings, some rebuilt and some originals. In the exhibition hall nearby, you can view over 700 of the thousands of art pieces, religious objects, decorations, and everyday items that were found in the pond area. To visit Anapji Pond on your trip to Gyeongju, use our Gyeongju vacation builder.
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With 6 million tourists per year, Gyeongju offers a wide range of accommodations. The area around the Bomun Lake resort has several luxury hotels catering to the needs of Korean tour groups. More moderately priced hotels lie in the downtown area, notably in Nodong-Dong and Noseo-Dong quarters. Near the train station, you can find inexpensive guesthouses (yeoinsuk), motels, and hostels. Family-oriented mid-range hotels tend to cluster just east from the lake, but the tourist-friendly city has accommodations well distributed throughout.
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  • A friend of ours showed us around Gyeongju and we stopped here for a little bit on the way to lunch. It's a pretty little area, lots of people were kinda just hanging out in the shade of the buildings...  more »
  • Visited after sunset, very busy with local people. Pedestrian flow seems to be clockwise, ie, view from the reconstructed buildings first, then walk around the garden area. W2000 entry, last admittanc...  more »
  • Visit in the evening to capture the beautifully illuminated buildings and compound, and also the reflection on the pond. Unfortunately, one of the buildings was under restoration during our visit in m...  more »