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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  • Another nice park to wander through and read / see observatory. Free to walk thru or there was a green bus that may have provided commentary at a cost of 3000 won I think. the comments on signs were a...  more »
  • It seems to be on the move rather than staying around. How do you observe the stars at all times while watching? That square hole is what I'm going to do.
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  • My son, 7 years old, was very suprised to hear that this stone tower had been standing there for 1,400 years. The color of lighting on Cheomseongdae is changing continuously. I cannot imagine how long this thing will be there, standing still.
  • Another chill place in Gyeongju! Went there on a weekday and it was not crowded. But quite sunny so remember to bring an umbrella or get ready ur sunblock! There are also convenience store and restaurants nearby if you are interested.
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