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Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, also known as Anapji Pond, is a historical site located in Gyeongju, South Korea. The site holds immense cultural significance as it was once part of the ancient Silla Dynasty's royal complex, serving as a secondary palace and a place of leisure for the royal family and nobility.

The highlight of Donggung Palace is Wolji Pond, a stunning artificial pond surrounded by beautiful gardens and pavilions. Originally constructed in 674 AD, the pond was designed to create an exquisite reflection of the moon for the enjoyment of the Silla kings and nobles during nighttime gatherings.

The palace complex underwent significant restoration efforts to bring back its original splendor, and today, it stands as an exceptional example of Silla architecture and landscape design.

Visitors can explore the various pavilions, terraces, and islands surrounding the pond, each with its own unique architectural style and historical significance.

The serene ambiance of Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, especially during twilight hours when the palace is illuminated, creates a picturesque and magical setting. The pond's tranquil waters and the surrounding greenery provide a peaceful escape, making it a favored spot for locals and tourists to stroll, relax, and take in the beauty of the historical site.

Visiting Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is a journey back in time, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the Silla Dynasty while appreciating the timeless beauty of the palace's architecture and the natural harmony of Wolji Pond's picturesque setting.

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