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Remarkable 1000-Year-Old Structure

If you are in Gyeongju, this is a must-visit structure. Located in the famous historic area of Gyeongju, Gyeongsanguk-do, this 1000-year-old astronomical observatory was built... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have seen this monument in video games so it's nice to see the real thing. There was a country fair on the grounds which provided entertainment and light shopping.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you are in Gyeongju, this is a must-visit structure. Located in the famous historic area of Gyeongju, Gyeongsanguk-do, this 1000-year-old astronomical observatory was built during the Silla Dynasty and still stands firm up to now, withstanding major earthquakes that shook the area. There is digital media guide where you can watch how it was built and learn the secrets... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Can't get close to have a closer look of the Observatory. That is fine. We didn't plan to go there, just that we saw it after coming out from Cheongmacheong tombs. We spent a few minutes walking around and looking at the observatory then spent an hour flying a kit at the open area outside it. The Observatory didn't attract... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Nice to rent a bike for a day and cycle around the park where the observatory is. Some people were renting traditional korean costumes to post for pictures too, but we didn't try. There are lots of bike shops around. We took 5 bikes and the shop gave us a discount at only KRW 7,000 per day per bike, around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

If you are expecting to see something really mind blowing, this may not be the place you would want to visit. However, if you are interested in historic significance, this place is a must go. To imagine how this structure was built 1000 years ago, and still stands put in spite of some major earthquakes in this area is in... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

If you are expecting lots to do and see, this is the wrong place. Located opposite the burial tombs of Cheonmacheong (you can either visit this before or after the observatory - we chose before.. so we started at Cheonmacheong tombs --> observatory --> Gyeongju Museum --> Anapji aka Wolji pond), u need about 10 mins walk to reach this... More 

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Renton, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

I believe the observatory is technically in Gyeongju National Park. I understand its historical significance, but there is not much to see of this observatory. You can only walk outside of it as it's a small observatory. It is only 9m tall, made of stone, and there's not much information gleaned on-site. If you happen to be close to the... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

If not mistaken, the observatory was claimed to be the oldest astronomy observation buildings in Asia (if not the world !!) It was built during the Silla period about 1000 years ago !!! The entire structure was made from stones piled up on each other and it was said there were 365 stones laid into each other, representing the 365... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

It is an astronomical observatory built in the 7th Century. Quite an achievement because it is made up of huge boulders. Nothing spectacular but of historical significance.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Public park without any charges ! It free, Less of English sign board for the direction, too many of electric scooters driving around the park .. no control at all , it a bit dangerous to the tourist..

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