To resist Seo Do-jae’s (Lee Min-ki) orders, Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) comes to visit this site (as she says that she loves historic buildings because they don’t change) on their work trip in episode 1 of The Beauty Inside / Byooti Insaideu (뷰티 인사이드) (JTBC, 2018). Much to her surprise, he comes to pick her up here, thanks to a brochure he’d spotted her reading on the plane.
Banwolseong [반월성, 신월성 — 半月城, literally “Half Moon Fortress”], now commonly referred to as Donggung Palace [동궁], was the royal palace compound of the Silla Kingdom (57 BCE-935 CE), which had its capital in Gyeongju [경주시]. The palace — which was built by Pasa Isageum (파사 이사금), Silla’s fifth ruler — is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and designated Historic Site No. 16 by the South Korean government.
Wolji Pond [월지], at times known as Anapji Pond [안압지], was constructed in 674 CE. It sits just next to the palace; reason why they are mentioned together most of the time.
Donggung Palace is still located very centrally, in Gyeongju’s neighborhood of Inwang-dong [인왕동].
102 Wonhwa-ro, Wolseong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 원화로 102
(경북 경주시 인왕동 506-1)
Geolocation: 35.834290, 129.226584
Gyeongju Station [경주역], Jungang Line and Donghae Line.
— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photo taken by © Jack, June 2019