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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 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed a nice walk. The whole tour takes 2 hours with kids. 8km... There are many added activities like this vegetable hanging garden. Beware for the hanging pumpkins 🤣

Thank nicodvisor
Reviewed 6 days ago

There's not much to actually see at the Observatory. It looks like a kiln, to be honest. But it's impressive when you think about the age of the building and how people there cared about the sciences so long ago. The park it sits in...More

Thank sophies_notes
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is actually an interactive multilingual introduction that many people miss. The observatory is nice, but I think it is its environment which makes it beautiful. We were having coffee at a cafe that allowed us to see the observatory. What a nice view.

Thank china_108
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure what this is and it seems that not too many people are! It looked like a chimney and I couldn't work out how it was used as an observatory and our guide couldn't either! If you come here specifically to see this,...More

Thank EllieandSherlock
Reviewed 16 July 2017 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 10 July 2017 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 8 July 2017 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 3 July 2017 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
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