Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond


Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is a beautiful site in Gyeongju dating back to the ancient Silla period of Korea. The pond, referred to as "Anapji" during the Koryo and Joseon periods, was renamed Wolji (pond that reflects the moon) when its true name from the SIlla period was uncovered from pottery fragments dug up in the area. This is fitting because the most spectacular time to visit Wolji Pond is at night when the palace is lit up.


Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is part of Gyeongju National Park, which contains several other important Silla period sites. Some of the sites have been restored while others remain as ruins. The park also houses the Gyeongju National Museum, which holds relics from the Silla period collected from the grounds.


Pair your visit to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond with a visit to nearby Bulguksa. These two sites make Gyeongju a perfect day trip destination from Seoul via KTX or a good stop on the way to Busan.