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 »
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  • Best time to go is at sunset just before the lights come on. There are benches for sitting to enjoy the views & reflect; the crowd comes/goes as with any attraction but definitely worth a visit. Stay as long as you like within the site although I'm not sure of their in/out policy. There are toilets inside the grounds as well as gift/souvenir shop. Recommend 👍👍
  • Canadian traveller here. What a beautiful walk around this park. It’s peaceful and well kept. It was a total of 9,000 KW. They do not accept foreign credit cards so best to have chase with you. I would spend a total of 1.5 hrs here to take in the view and take some beautiful photos.

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