In 674 CE King Munmu, of the Silla Kingdom, had a pleasure garden built for his enjoyment. The ‘park of the moon’ had multiple buildings, lakes and gardens. Unfortunately it burned down in 935 CE and was forgotten. In 1974 it was rediscovered and excavations took place which found enough information for the city to reconstruct part of the pleasure gardens. Of the more than two dozen original buildings only three have been rebuilt to original specifications.
Wolji Pond is now popular with locals and tourists alike, particularly when they open it up in the evenings.
With a path winding around the pond there are fantastic photographic opportunities wherever you look. Although we had time constraints, we had to catch a train back to Seoul, many people were sat on convenient benches just admiring the beauty displayed all around them.
Our visit to Wolji was part of a day trip from Seoul to Gyeongju, but to see everything the area has to offer I would suggest at least a 2 day trip.
The excavations of the site found many wonderful treasures which can now be seen in the Gyeongju National Museum. Being a game enthusiast the most intriguing find for me was a 14 sided die with which you could play a drinking game. The die was called ‘juryeonggu’ and you can read more about it here.
There were lots of people with rather fancy cameras taking photographs as the pond, buildings, and lights challenged people to try and get that perfect photo. Many others were using their phones to get selfies and more personal shots. Wolji pond was just so beautiful at night even photographs can’t do it justice.
Have a great day everyone.
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