Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, Gyeongju

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Take a stroll along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, a man-made body of water that used to form part of a lavish, 7th-century palace compound. Abandoned after the fall of the Silla Empire in 935 CE, the pond and its structures were renovated in 1974, during which time an array of relics and artifacts were excavated. Admire the scenic vista of the pond and its ancient buildings, some rebuilt and some originals. In the exhibition hall nearby, you can view over 700 of the thousands of art pieces, religious objects, decorations, and everyday items that were found in the pond area. Use our Gyeongju trip planner to arrange your visit to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and other attractions in Gyeongju.
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  • An hour and a half from the port city of Busan is Donggun Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji), dating back to 674. Amazingly, of the unifying Shilla dynasty that began nearly two millennia ago, before the....  more
    An hour and a half from the port city of Busan is Donggun Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji), dating back to 674. Amazingly, of the unifying Shilla dynasty that began nearly two millennia ago, before the....  more »
  • Don’t go at the moment as the main building is covered in plastic sheeting and scaffolding (early Aug 2022) 
    Don’t go at the moment as the main building is covered in plastic sheeting and scaffolding (early Aug 2022)  more »
  • Dangling Palace and Wolji Pond are great travel destination in South Korea! I have visited here during all seasons and there is always something in Gyeongju to see and to do. The pond is lit up at... 
    Dangling Palace and Wolji Pond are great travel destination in South Korea! I have visited here during all seasons and there is always something in Gyeongju to see and to do. The pond is lit up at...  more »
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  • Better in night. Korean traditional flavor. It is different with Chinese or Japanese. Far eastern diversity. I hope you can feel it. And then you can enjoy it.
  • The entire city and area is heritage sites on top of heritage sites. The moon pool makes this one absolutely breathtaking. Do this at night! The lights and reflections of the pool are spectacular at night. Make sure you look from the palace and all the way around the pond.
  • You probably came to see the famous night view here. First, let's park at the nearby Gyeongju Museum and walk. It's not far. It is difficult to park on weekends because of the serious traffic jam. Second, it is good to see the night view from the other side around the lake than near the entrance. There is no need to suffer from taking pictures in a crowded place in the beginning.
  • It is also known as Anapji Pond I've visited this place at night during the spring. It's so romantic with the light-up and all. There are a lot of couples visit this place together. Apart from the romantic vibe, the place itself is beautiful. The reflections in the water makes this place looks more stunning. You should not miss this place if you're visiting Gyeongju. I would love to go back again.
  • Made me acknowledge that Shilla landscape designers were top notch. Nice place stroll in the evening. The pond was gorgeous.

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