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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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TripAdvisor
  • If you are in this delightful town, you don't have to go out of your way to see this tower. It is an ancient observatory and that is it! Educated people might appreciate it. There is a very nice famil...  more »
  • When you walk around Gyeongju tourist spot, you will likely walk passed it. It;s a interesting building to observe if you know the history but not so much to see. You could just spend 15-20 mins there...  more »
  • Cycling is the way to enjoy Gyeongju!~ I really love Gyeongju. I went to Gyeongju everytime I visited South Korea. To me, one must cycle in Gyeongju to have a great time there. The last time I came to...  more »
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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.