Cheomseongdae Observatory
Cheomseongdae Observatory
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  • R K L
    Seattle, Washington3,757 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only for its historic importance...
    If only for its historic importance, we have rated the Cheomseongdae Observatory as a Very Good attraction but in reality it was Average. Admittedly, it was starting to rain, but we walked the entire perimeter and took the obligatory photos. Certainly, its inclusion by UNESCO as the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia warranted our visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2024
  • hg
    Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful and iconic place in Gyeongju
    If you want to experience a genuine local night out, I'd suggest visiting the Cheomseongdae in Gyeongju. The road leading to Cheomseongdae is decorated with lights, which illuminates the surroundings and creates a fascinating atmosphere. As the evening comes, Cheomseongdae is decorated with colorful lights, which make it feel grand and perfect for capturing beautiful pictures that surpass the daytime scenery. The road to Cheomseongdae is perfect for a walk because there are no hills, which makes it suitable for a leisurely stroll, allowing visitors to enjoy the towering royal tombs in the back. Also, admission is free, and you can visit without financial burden. Also, next to Cheomseongdae, there is a pink muley garden and a sunflower field, so it would be even better to visit during the blooming season. Cheomseongdae offers an opportunity to experience ancient Korean history and culture, making it an ideal tourist destination for those interested in astronomy and history.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 4, 2024
  • anna q
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A more beautiful place at night than during the day.
    It is located close to downtown, so it is very accessible. After the MOVV city tour, I had dinner on Hwangridan-gil and went to Cheomseongdae. The night view of this place was very ecstatic. I was curious about what it was because it was built in a wide area, but it was said that it was a place where I looked at the stars a long time ago. You can also look around Woljeonggyo Bridge, Donggung Palace and Wolji with Cheomseongdae.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 24, 2024
  • 민서 곽
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gyeongju where you can feel the history of Korea.
    If you want to experience traditional Korean houses and cultural properties, I recommend you to visit Gyeongju. In Gyeongju, you can see the Cheomseongdae, which is an amazing astronomical observatory of Silla built during the Three Kingdoms Period. And you can also see the tomb, which is magnificent bjilt during the Silla Period. When you stay in Gyeongju, you will be able to see Korean traditional costumes. And you can even try on the costumes. It will be a great experience to understand other countries' cultures. So, I recommend you to visit Gyeongju. I hope that you can have good memories in Gyeongju. It's well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 1, 2024
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민서 곽
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
If you want to experience traditional Korean houses and cultural properties, I recommend you to visit Gyeongju. In Gyeongju, you can see the Cheomseongdae, which is an amazing astronomical observatory of Silla built during the Three Kingdoms Period. And you can also see the tomb, which is magnificent bjilt during the Silla Period. When you stay in Gyeongju, you will be able to see Korean traditional costumes. And you can even try on the costumes. It will be a great experience to understand other countries' cultures. So, I recommend you to visit Gyeongju. I hope that you can have good memories in Gyeongju. It's well worth a visit.
Written July 1, 2024
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anna q
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It is located close to downtown, so it is very accessible. After the MOVV city tour, I had dinner on Hwangridan-gil and went to Cheomseongdae. The night view of this place was very ecstatic. I was curious about what it was because it was built in a wide area, but it was said that it was a place where I looked at the stars a long time ago. You can also look around Woljeonggyo Bridge, Donggung Palace and Wolji with Cheomseongdae.
Written May 24, 2024
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Pang O
Perth, Australia573 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is a remarkable ancient structure which reminds me of machu pichu in the way it was built with the stones being put together.
Written May 19, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This structure is thought to have been built in the 7th century, which would make it the oldest extant astronomical observatory in asia. The observatory has a square base and is about 10 metres high. The structure looks like it was constructed from stacked fine cut stones and has a square opening about 6 metres up, which is also thought to have been the entrance
Written May 9, 2024
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hg
Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
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Jan 2024 • Family
If you want to experience a genuine local night out, I'd suggest visiting the Cheomseongdae in Gyeongju.
The road leading to Cheomseongdae is decorated with lights, which illuminates the surroundings and creates a fascinating atmosphere. As the evening comes, Cheomseongdae is decorated with colorful lights, which make it feel grand and perfect for capturing beautiful pictures that surpass the daytime scenery. The road to Cheomseongdae is perfect for a walk because there are no hills, which makes it suitable for a leisurely stroll, allowing visitors to enjoy the towering royal tombs in the back. Also, admission is free, and you can visit without financial burden. Also, next to Cheomseongdae, there is a pink muley garden and a sunflower field, so it would be even better to visit during the blooming season.
Cheomseongdae offers an opportunity to experience ancient Korean history and culture, making it an ideal tourist destination for those interested in astronomy and history.
Written April 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

R K L
Seattle, WA3,757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If only for its historic importance, we have rated the Cheomseongdae Observatory as a Very Good attraction but in reality it was Average. Admittedly, it was starting to rain, but we walked the entire perimeter and took the obligatory photos. Certainly, its inclusion by UNESCO as the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia warranted our visit.
Written March 23, 2024
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,006 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It's quite fun the facts about this UNESCO listed 7th century observatory in Gyeongju, considered to be the oldest in Asia, it stands just over nine metres high, the twenty seven layers are constructed with 365 fan shaped stones, one for each day of the year. It stands within a large open park and can be reached on foot from the tourist information centre near the Express Bus Terminal in 15-20 minutes.
Written July 22, 2023
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BLT1991
Toano, VA771 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The observatory has an interesting history and it’s an iconic landmark in Gyeongju. It’s set in a very nice garden…although, the garden is unshaded. You can also see it pretty well from the road.
Written May 12, 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
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Oct 2022
Cheomseongdae Observatory is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, and possibly even the world. It was constructed in the 600s in the kingdom of Silla whose capital was Seorabeol, or present-day Gyeongju
Written January 9, 2023
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,378 contributions
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Dec 2020
Originally constructed in the 7th century, Cheomseongdae is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia. Having seen in it so many travel brochures and even postage stamps, it was a bit disappointing to see how small it actually is. While underwhelming, it’s worth a stop to get a look as it is one of the most recognizable Korean national treasures. The measly few hundred won admission fee that used to be charged is no longer enforced now to get a closer look at it.
Written December 30, 2020
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