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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  • It was a very worthwhile trip, our whole group enjoyed the observatory and the Pink grass nearby, we also rented a cart to go from one attraction to the other. We will definitely come back! :)  more »
  • I think that any place in Gyeongju is primarily a historical monument, and then the show) so it makes sense to get information about the object before visiting. Is located on the territory of large parkland. In the evening, as everywhere, beautifully illuminated)
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  • In the old days, 500 won each time and now it sounds like an entry fee is free. This time, the Afghani pink mule with this corner of the Observatory as well, Lee field. The tomb for the tying good to go once and for all in the nearby la won
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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.

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