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Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju

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Marvel at the history and design of Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest surviving observatory in the world. Thought to have been built during the reign of Queen Seondeok in the 7th century CE, the structure consists of 362 pieces of granite, arranged in a bottle-like cylindrical shape that stands at 9.4 m (30.8 ft) tall and 5.7 m (18.7 ft) wide. The remarkable structure would have been useful in terms of agricultural production, because it allows for astronomical observation of seasonal change, while astrological myths and legends were closely linked with political power and spirituality. With our world travel planner, Gyeongju attractions like Cheomseongdae Observatory can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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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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  • There's not a lot of information in the vicinity about the observatory, but there was a little video (in the museum, I think?) that kinda shows you how it works. I think it works kind of like a perisc...  more »
  • The oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia. Free to visit day or night, when it is lit up. Watch the nearby video screening to place it in context. Openly visible from the nearby flower fields a...  more »
  • The word 'observatory' usually remind us of some tall structure, so it was a complete surprise to see this one only about 2 story high. It is cute.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful architecture to visit at night. Easy & free access in the downtown of Gyeongju.
  • so cute architecture. has a lot of experience activities nearby.
  • Awesome and beautiful view here! If you ever come to Gyeongju, you have to visit this place!
  • Nice spot, go to the booth next to it for more historical information. Very popular for picture / selfies but overall not that much to keep you occupied (you can go or see inside or essentially this is it). But good stop if you integrate this as a part of a walk to/from water palace or other interesting places nearby.
  • Beautiful surroundings in which to view this ancient observatory.