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.
During their school retreat in episode 3 of Reply 1988 (응답하라 1988) (tvN, 2015-16), the pond is visited.
The tea party scene where the royal family take turns reciting classical verses in Goong/Princess Hours (궁) (MBC, 2006) took place at the Wolji/Anapji Pond.
Banwolseong [반월성, 신월성 — 半月城, literally “Half Moon Fortress”], now commonly referred to as Donggung Palace [동궁] and also known as Gyeongju Wolseong/Wolseong Fortress [경주 월성], 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. In 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism —announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)— selected this site as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2021-2022.
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. The pond takes up place 23 in CNN’s 2019 list of 50 beautiful places to visit in South Korea.
Donggung Palace is still located very centrally, within the Wolseong Belt of the Gyeongju Historical Areas [경주 역사유적 지구] in Gyeongju’s neighborhood of Inwang [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
— Goong added by Lr