Cheomseongdae Observatory
Cheomseongdae Observatory
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,256 contributions
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 22 July 2023
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BLT1991
Toano, VA791 contributions
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 12 May 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
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 9 January 2023
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,399 contributions
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 30 December 2020
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Gilbert Rivera
Gumi, South Korea370 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Tgis is my favorite place in Gyeongju - Cheomseongdae! Really close to bus terminal and you can actually walk from there to the spot (if you love walking). You can also take a bus or bring your own car. This place is really good for couples and best to take photo to represent Gyeongju. Will be back here next time!
Written 4 November 2020
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ngocanh_crystal
520 contributions
Oct 2020
Cheomseongdae in Gyeongju is the oldest survival star observatory in Aisa.
It's also a symbol of this city.
Coming here in the autumn day made me feel so relaxing. This place is so beautiful in autumn. There is also beautiful pink muhly glass garden nearby.
Around here, there are so many coffee shops and restaurants in traditional architecture.
Check my IG@ngocanhcrystal for more images and reviews
Written 1 November 2020
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Connor J
Busan, South Korea15 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Neat historical significance as it's one of the first recorded observatories in East Asia. Obviously the tower is not all that exciting on it's own haha, but it's right next to some large beautiful flower fields. I visited at night and it was warm and breezy, very nice. I gave a score of 4 because if your visit time is limited, it's not that essential to check out, but nice if you have time.
Written 26 August 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,769 contributions
Jul 2019
This tower is pretty well preserved. But it is difficult to take a close up photo without any people in it as there are always people standing or sitting in front of the tower. And you can't climb it or go nearer to it as it is barricaded. Enjoyed a short walk around the fields of flowers though. The tower can be seen through parts of the field which was good for taking photos from another angle.
Written 1 June 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston841 contributions
Sept 2019
This is an old observatory. It is not too big however, it is very interesting! The observatory is lovely especially at sunset! It changes colors every few minutes! We sat in front of it over a period of one hour. We sat on different benches to see a different perspective of the observatory at sunset.

The observatory is close to a very nice, humble, Korean park with stunning flowers and colors during the fall. Walk around. There is no entrance fee.
I suspect is also beautiful during the spring.

The weather on late September was perfect! There were many Koreans visiting the place. Nevertheless, it was peaceful. Many were playing with kites. The kites make the site even more beautiful!

It is close to most attractions of in the historical areas of Gyeongju. Almost everything is walking distance.
Written 3 May 2020
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Diviva
Singapore, Singapore3,860 contributions
Oct 2019
It is a small observatory tower that one can get close up (but not climb). Stayed here for around 5 mins as there is really nothing much other than the tower. Was a tad crowded with local students on excursion.
Written 6 March 2020
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