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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  • August 16, 2017
    In the book, and I've seen in a school trip blah blah feeling refreshed. Bonnie came to visit people in the middle of a really new I window background. Photo op. Looked in the line. It's still a line
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  • August 15, 2017
    There's not much to actually see at the Observatory. It looks like a kiln, to be honest. But it's impressive when you think about the age of the building and how people there cared about the sciences ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    There is actually an interactive multilingual introduction that many people miss. The observatory is nice, but I think it is its environment which makes it beautiful. We were having coffee at a cafe t...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    Such a beautiful architecture to visit at night. Easy & free access in the downtown of Gyeongju.
  • May 28, 2017
    so cute architecture. has a lot of experience activities nearby.
  • May 3, 2017
    Awesome and beautiful view here! If you ever come to Gyeongju, you have to visit this place!
  • October 4, 2016
    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.
  • June 1, 2017
    Beautiful surroundings in which to view this ancient observatory.

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