Anapji Pond is one of the major tourist attractions in Gyeongju, South Korea. Anapji ( which means Goose & Duck lake) is an artificial pond in Gyeongju National Park. It is Currently known as Wolji Pond.
It was once a part of the royal palace complex of the ancient Silla dynasty( One of the three kingdoms of Korea & one of the world’s longest sustained dynasties).
History of Anapji Pond
It was built in 674 CE by the order of King Munmu. In 1974, during an excavation three spherical shapes were found. It indicated that there were three islands located in the pond. With the help of these findings & historical records, the pond was restored to its formal glory.
Anapji pond is an architectural beauty. The area around the Anapji Pond is filled with the lotus flower. If possible, plan the visit accordingly to witness the spectacular view.
The lush green & well-maintained lawns are so inviting. I can perpetually spend every single evening here :)
These historical places are like time-machine. You instantly get transported to the bygone era.
This pond had hidden so many secrets in its depth for so long. A treasure that was later excavated. Mystic & appealing!
Furiously hungry. Could eat you up the moment you enter the water :D
A miniature model of the Anapji Pond. You can take a virtual tour if you too lazy to stroll around :D
Interesting notes about the artifacts excavated from the area & other related information.
Anapji Pond at Night
The beauty of this place increases many folds during the night. The whole place is lit up with beautiful light. The reflex in the pond gives it a surreal feel.
The serenity of the place will entice you…….
Aren’t you feeling like royalty already?
People pile up these small pebbles on bigger rocks. I couldn’t get the reason behind this practice, but it looked like fun so I did it too :). If anyone of you knows it, please let me know.
A small stream making this place even more appealing.
A moment to contemplate what could have the life of royalties been like?
Address & Contact Details
102 Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
How to get there
You can take a bus No. 11, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609 from the bus terminal or any bus stop & get down at Gyeongju National Museum Stop. From there, it is just 2-3 min walk.
Children below three- Free
Places to see near Anapji Pond
1. Visit the place after the sunset preferbaly after 7.30. The whole place is lit up. The view is absolutely spectacular.
2. The place gets a little crowded during night time. Get yourself comfortable at a spot from where you can watch the beautiful area & click pictures. ( A selfie stick goes a long way. Literally :D)
3. It will take you 40 min to 1 hour at the max to explore the area. It is better to keep the visit for the last part of the day.
4. Explore the area around the park apart from the main structures. There are many interesting things that you might find.
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Anapji Pond (Wolji Pond) & Dongung Palace is a must-visit place in Gyeongju. They are superlative during the night time when the whole place is bathed in fancy lights. The place is gorgeous during the fall season.