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Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju
(3.5/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • If you are expecting to see something really mind blowing, this may not be the place you would want to visit. However, if you are interested in historic significance, this place is a must go. To imagi...  more »
  • If you are expecting lots to do and see, this is the wrong place. Located opposite the burial tombs of Cheonmacheong (you can either visit this before or after the observatory - we chose before.. so w...  more »
  • 一個小小的景點,根據導遊解說這瞻星台的使用方式可能是架設梯子爬上台子上方觀測星象,因為它沒有出入口,四周空曠 ,爬高一點離天更近。 
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  • Unique looking observatory. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the Gyeongju area. Looks good at night.
  • 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.
  • Located near many other cultural sites Not much to look at and little explanation provided Fascinating being so close to an important piece of scientific history
  • Great view at night time. It's very crowded
  • This place have interesting story , build by Korea queen.