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Cheomseongdae Observatory

Wolseong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
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“east asia” (6 reviews)
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Wolseong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Seems to be genuinely old from 600AD, with no reference to it being rebuilt. It apparently the oldest observatory in eastern asia.

Thank TheHappyWandering1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ancient structure from Shilla period. It is quite small in size, my friend said that it looks like a ketchup bottle. It is nice to take picture from the flower garden. Observe contrast between day time view and night time view because it will be...More

Thank albert3332014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last autumn, I visited Gyeongju. The city itself had different atmosphere and I felt as if I was in the centre of the past when my ancestors lived. In particular, I felt something strange without any reasons in front of the observatory. The night view...More

Thank Belle Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small plain stone structure located in heart of town. You cannot enter however there is a digital display. It is surrounded by a number of tombs which make good photos. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 12 June 2017

There's not a lot of information in the vicinity about the observatory, but there was a little video (in the museum, I think?) that kinda shows you how it works. I think it works kind of like a periscope which is the reason for the...More

Thank LazyRose
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

The oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia. Free to visit day or night, when it is lit up. Watch the nearby video screening to place it in context. Openly visible from the nearby flower fields and tomb mounds

Thank Garth W
Reviewed 3 June 2017

The word 'observatory' usually remind us of some tall structure, so it was a complete surprise to see this one only about 2 story high. It is cute.

Thank 77Helen37
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This is one of the oldest astronomical platforms in Asia. But though I asked could not find a reason for it being there or why they would need a raised tower like this at all.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Built at the request of a female Queen, this observatory was used to study the stars and align with the sun for the solstice. It is in a nice setting. When I was there, there were masses of poppies in bloom. An easy walk from...More

Thank SaveyFLTraveler
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

If you are in the erea and have time go to see it. It says it was a observatory which there are no proves for it.

Thank menachemle
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