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Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)

  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)

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Address
169-5, Cheomseong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 첨성로 169-5 (인왕동)
Type
Monuments/ Historical Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
•For more info: Admin Office
+82-54-779-8744,
Tourism Information Center
(Gyeongju Station) +82-54-772-3843
Homepage
www.eguide.gj.go.kr
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Information
    Introduction
    Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
    Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647), it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962.

    Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it.
    The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the Chinese letter '井' (jeong).

    It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m.
    The Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms (also known as the astronomical solar year) were determined by the observation of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.

    Telephone
    Admin Office +82-54-779-8744, Tourism Information Center (Gyeongju Station) +82-54-772-3843

    Fax
    +82-54-779-6781

    E-Mail
    leejy7133@hanmail.net

    Current Status
    National Treasure No.31 (Designated on December 20, 1962)

    Operating Hours
    Summer 09:00~22:00 / Winter 09:00~21:00

    Parking Facilities
    Available at Daereungwon parking lot
    * Parking Fees - (S) 2,000 won / (L) 4,000 won

    Admission Fees
    Individual: Adults 1,000 won / Students 600 won / Children 400 won
    Group: Adults 800 won / Students 500 won / Children 300 won
    * Group: 30 people or more

    [Day Pass]
    Entry to 6 sites: Daereungwon Ancient Tomb, Donggunggwawolji (Anapji Pond), Poseokjeong Pavilion Site, Five Royal Tombs, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin, Tomb of King Muyeol
    Individual: Adults 8,000 won / Youths 4,800 won / Children 2,800 won
    Group: Adults 6,400 won / Youths 4,000 won / Children 2,200 won

    * Note
    - The ticket is available for purchase at Donggunggwawolji (Anapji Pond), Poseokjeong Pavilion Site, Five Royal Tombs, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin and Tomb of King Muyeol.
    - The ticket remains valid for use 3 days after purchase.
    (* Please be advised that after using the ticket, it can only be used for that day and will become non-refundable.)
    - One ticket can be issued regardless of the number of visitors.

    Facilities for the Handicapped
    Reserved parking spaces

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