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Great backdrop for pictures

If you are already in the area, this place is worth a stop. You can dress up in traditional Shilla dynasty clothes for free and snap a few pictures. There is not much depth in... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Soonjin P
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Florida
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Built at the request of a female Queen, this observatory was used to study the stars and align with the sun for the solstice. It is in a nice setting. When I was there, there were masses of poppies in bloom. An easy walk from the tomb mounds next to the observatory.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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326 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in the erea and have time go to see it. It says it was a observatory which there are no proves for it.

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Thank menachemle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This should be oldest observatory in south east Asia. Building is very old, like 1200 yrs but still original.

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Thank Daniel L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a short stop here and it was OK. Personally I didn't find it so interesting but for someone it might be. Nice area around.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The area has a lot to offer in general, but this really didn't do it for me. And there are areas of South Korea where I wished we had spent our time instead. Look at Anthony Bourdain's Top 10 list of things to see in South Korea. We were on a group package tour, so we saw the tombs and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little observatory is not worth specifically setting out to see, more of a curiosity if you happen to be passing by. It's a well preserved tower, but there is not anything to do other than see it from a distance.

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Thank Jacob S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome and beautiful view here! If you ever will come to Gyeongju, you have to visit this place! Fresh air, a lot of happy people make you feel happier)

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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia. The bottle shaped tower has a square opening through which an observer can can ascend to the top.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

If you are already in the area, this place is worth a stop. You can dress up in traditional Shilla dynasty clothes for free and snap a few pictures. There is not much depth in history and information. It left me longing for more history about why it was built and how it was used...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We visited during the cherry blossom season. The fields were covered with yellow rapeseed and together with the pink cherry blossoms and the mountain in the background, made for beautiful photos. However the Observatory itself was rather unimpressive. I would have found it disappointing if not for all the flowers.

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