Anapji - Wolji Pond, Gyeongju

Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond (Anapji) Description

Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond (Anapji) was the secondary palace site which was used for the palace of the Crown Prince. It was also used as the banquet room for important national events and important visitors. The name of the pond was later changed to Anapji after the fall of the Silla Kingdom. A fragment from a piece of pottery was found in 1980 with the carved letter “Wolji.”  Wolji means of the pond reflecting moon. The name ‘Anapji’ was subsequently changed to the current name, Wolji.

The pond was dredged and rebuilt in 1974 as part of a restoration project. During the restoration project, there were  large number of relics discovered in the pond. Research revealed that the pond had been surrounded by stone walls and that 5 buildings had been standing on the pond’s west to south sides. Waterway systems were also detected. Almost 33,000 pieces of historic relics were excavated from the site. An abundance of unique and extraordinarily designed roof tiles, architectural materials, pottery, gilt bronze figures of Buddha, jewelry, accessories and other everyday items were discovered, offering an insight to Buddhist art and everyday life in Silla


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Operating Hours

Daily: 9:00am to 10:00pm

*Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.



N/A (Open all year round)


Admission Fees

Adults (19-64): 2,000KRW

Teenagers (13-18): 1,200KRW

Children (7-12): 600KRW