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Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond 경주 동궁과 월지

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102, Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

According to the historical records of Samguk-sagi, Wolji Pond was built during the 14th year of King Munmu (r. 661-681 AD) of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 AD). Small mountains were created inside the palace walls, beautiful flowers were planted, and rare animals were brought in to create an exquisitely exotic garden fit for royalty. The pond was originally built in Wolseung Fortress (built in 101 AD during the Silla period), but the fortress was destroyed and now lies in ruins.

In 1974, an excavation project revealed large spherical shapes (measuring 200 meters in diameter and 180 meters in x_height) which indicated that 3 islands had been located in the pond. Thanks to these important findings and existing historical records, Wolji Pond has been restored to nearly its former glory.

As one of the detached palaces of the Silla royal family’s main palace, this structure was used as the crown prince’s palace. Imhaejeon is historically the most important building on the property and records often refer to the whole area as ‘Imhaejin.’

An excavation resulted in the discovery of several buildings: Hoerang (corridor area) and five towers in the western part of the area. Some sites have been restored while others have been left in their natural state with only the cornerstones poking out from beneath the ground.

Utilization information

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・Parking Facilities : Available

・Closed : N/A (Open all year round)

・Operating Hours : 09:00-22:00

Admission Fees

Adults: 2,000 won / Teenagers: 1,200 won / Children: 600 won

Adults: 1,600 won / Teenagers: 1,000 won / Children: 500 won

* Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 18-13) / Children (ages 7-12)
* Groups: 30 people or more

[Gyeongju Day Pass]
Entry to 6 sites: Daereungwon Tomb Complex, Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond, Poseokjeongji Pavilion Site, Oreung Royal Tomb, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin, Tomb of King Muyeol
Individual: Adults 8,000 won / Teens 4,800 won / Children 2,800 won
Group: Adults 6,400 won / Teens 4,000 won / Children 2,200 won

* Note
- Ticket can be purchased at Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond, Poseokjeongji Pavilion Site, Oreung Royal Tomb, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin and Tomb of King Muyeol.
- The ticket remains valid for 3 days after purchase. (Non-refundable after first use.)
- A single ticket can be used for group visitors.

Facilities for the Handicapped

Wheelchair rental service, designated restrooms, wheelchair ramp

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From Singyeongju Statation, take Bus No. 50, 51, or 70.
- Get off at Jungang Market Bus Stop and transfer to Bus 600.
- Get off at Anapji Entrance Bus Stop.

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102, Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do


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