Inwang-dong, Gyeongju, South Korea
Anapji Pond Gyeongju Reviews
A tranquil pond just outside downtown Nov 18, 2013
The Anapji Pond used to be used as a pleasure garden under the Shilla dynasty, and is currently used mostly for photo opportunities. Based on what I have seen in photos, the best times to view the pond is at night when it is lit up, or in winter when it is covered in snow. It wasn't unsightly, but the water was pretty stagnant and green, like a lagoon.
After the surrounding buildings were burned in the 900's, a lot of Shilla relics ended up in the pond and were left undiscovered until the 1970's when it was drained. Most of the uncovered relics were moved to the Gyeongju National Museum, but some were left to be viewed in class cases at the pond. You can also see a scale model of the pond and surrounding gardens near the encased relics.
Unusually for Gyeongju, this site is free to visit, and it's relatively easy to get to. It's near the parks and observatory on the south end of town.
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