Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond [동궁과 월지]

The Beauty Inside (2018); Reply 1988 (2015-16); Goong (2006)

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.

This is one of the stops on the school retreat in episode 3 of Reply 1988 (응답하라 1988) (tvN, 2015-16).

The tea party scene where the royal family take turns reciting classical verses in Goong/Princess Hours (궁) (MBC, 2006) took place at Wolji/Anapji Pond.

CF filmed here

Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: GYEONGJU–ANDONG (2021) feat. Woo, sogumm for ‘Imagine your Korea’ by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)

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Donggung Palace [동궁] – 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. It was previously known as Banwolseong [반월성, 신월성 — 半月城], literally ‘Half Moon Fortress’.

Built by Silla’s fifth ruler Pasa Isageum (파사 이사금), the palace 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], known on occasion 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 is listed as #23 on CNN’s 2019 list of 50 beautiful places to visit in South Korea.

Donggung Palace is located very centrally within the Wolseong Belt of Gyeongju Historical Areas [경주 역사유적 지구], in Gyeongju’s neighborhood Inwang [Inwang-dong/인왕동].

102 Wonhwa-ro, Wolseong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
경상북도 경주시 원화로 102
(인왕동 506-1)
Geolocation: 35.834290, 129.226584

Getting here
Gyeongju Station [경주역], Jungang Line and Donghae Line

— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photo taken by © Jack, June 2019
Goong added by Lr

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  1. Princess Hours

    Wolji/Anapji Pond was used in “Princess Hours/Goong” during the tea party scene where the royal family take turns reciting classical verses

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