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. To visit Cheomseongdae Observatory on your trip to Gyeongju, use our Gyeongju trip itinerary tool .
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  • Like all have written it: the Observatory is already on the way, to read a few lines in the guide the "experience" better, well preserved, otherwise not further spectacular. Cost: free admission to the Park time: 5 min
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  • They are lit up at night went to the spring is beautiful, but too cold. Town of Gyeongju, without high buildings, staff in a relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Its value more than the building itself, which is perfectly preserved and very well lit at night, next to tumuli Park, based in antiquity which has and was built as an astronomical observatory.
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  • It may seem like nothing now. But to think that all those hundreds of years ago they built this by hand. The thought process that went in to building this and the meaning behind the height and the level. The stones required. It’s very amazing. Night time they have the lights going to change colours. And is actually very pretty.
  • I gave this five stars because it's impressive from a historical perspective, but it's a relatively small tower by modern standards. However, the surrounding area gives you plenty of activities to do, which is why I really gave this five stars. There are bike rentals, scooter rentals, walking trails, excavation sites, restaurants nearby, etc. Definitely a must see area, not because the tower itself is all that impressive, but because there's a lot to do and the tower is still cool seeing people were studying space that far in the past.
  • Great park to walk through and it was being fixed up even more, wonderful weather is needed to really enjoy it
  • Beautiful park and luxury architecture with historical background. Must visit place in Gyeongju.
  • You only need to go here for about a day. It's a lovely quiet town.
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