Cheomseongdae Observatory

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Gyeongju, South Korea

Cheomseongdae Observatory Gyeongju Reviews

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Star Gazing Tower Nov 17, 2013
When I heard "Astrological Observatory" I was expecting an amazing feat of ancient genius, perhaps some old-fashioned telescope of some kind. But no. Apparently the translation of the name is "Star gazing tower" which is a more appropriate description. The architecture and significance of the structure are still interesting, just don't expect to be wowed.

The observatory was built in the 7th century on 12 stones, meant to symbolize the 12 months of the year (and the 12 characters of the Asian zodiac) and it's built of 366 stones, symbolizing the 366 days of the year (well... close enough.)

It costs 500 won to get close to the observatory. You don't have to pay anything to see it, you can just stand outside the gate and see it just fine. Paying 500 won doesn't really get you anything. You can't go inside it (a pretty big disappointment for me), you can only get a little closer and get your picture taken with it. You can't even get close enough to touch it.

It's pretty cool that it's still there and fully intact, but I think I had been built up to believe it was much cooler than it really was. Don't expect it to be too exciting and you'll probably consider your time well spent.
Cheomseongdae from the front
Cheomseongdae from the back
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rsvpme says:
Interesting.......
Posted on: Nov 17, 2013
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