Woljeong Bridge/Woljeonggyo [월정교/月精橋]

The King: The Eternal Monarch (2020)

This bridge is where Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho) waits for Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun) while she rushes back from her investigations into Lee Lim’s (Lee Jung Jin) bamboo forest in episode 13 of The King: Eternal Monarch (더킹:영원의 군주) (SBS, 2020).

Variety Show Filmed Here

— SHINee’s Key visits this place in episode 130 of Battle Trip (배틀 트립)‘s ‘The Solo Trip Special’ on February 23, 2019.

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Woljeong Bridge/Woljeonggyo [월정교/月精橋] is a wooden bridge that was built in the 19th year of King Gyeongdeok (景德王 19, AD 760) during the Unified Silla Period, which is said to have served as a bridge between Donggung Palace and Namsan (남산) (Gyeongju) –crossing the Nam River [Namcheon/남천].

Woljeonggyo was built in the same year as another bridge, believed to be Chunyang Bridge [춘양교지/春陽橋] — a bridge that also served Donggung Palace. Because of their similar structures, both bridges are sometimes also referred to together as “Chunyanggyo and Woljeonggyo Bridge Sites, Gyeongju [경주 춘양교지와 월정교지]”.

Today, Woljeong Bridge is located within the Wolseong Belt of the Gyeongju Historical Areas [경주 역사유적 지구] next to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village [경주교촌마을] in Gyeongju’s neighborhood of Inwang [Inwang-dong/인왕동]. Based on findings during excavations and on other existing similar bridges from the Silla Period, Woljeonggyo was restored to its current form between 2008 to 2018. It was designated as Historic Site No. 457 on November 27, 2004.

There is also a folktale related to this bridge (월정교에 깃든 원효와 요석공주의 사랑), about a Buddhist monk called Wonhyo Daesa who harbors feelings for a Silla princess called Yeoseok. It is from this bridge that he jumps into the river, and as he gets his clothes dried out at Yeoseokgung Palace, he spends the night with the princess. This union leads to the eventual birth of their son, the scholar Seol Chong. However, it’s also said that it would not have been possible for both of them to have met on this bridge as it “was not even made during King Muyeol’s reign“.

Address
48 Gyo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
경상북도 경주시 교동 48
Geolocation: 35.829236, 129.218089

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

— submitted by Riseu

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