Cheomseongdae Observatory Reconstructed

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The 2,000-year-old Cheomseongdae Observatory, from the Silla Dynasty, was used to observe the stars and wish for a plentiful harvest. Old construction methods, “Dijabe”, will be used to reproduce the observatory.


The 2,000-year-old Cheomseongdae Observatory, from the Silla Dynasty, was used to observe the stars and wish for a plentiful harvest. Old construction methods, “Dijabe”, will be used to reproduce the observatory.

 

The city of Gyeongju will present this event as a part of the 46th Shilla Culture Festival, which will be held from August 3rd with the theme “Dear Cheomseongdae, Show Me Your Secrets”. Through this process the mysteries of the first astronomical observatory of the East and the Silla Dynasty’s stone construction technology will be revealed. People can also experience firsthand the lives of Silla-era stone-craftsmen.

Yoon Man-gull is the craftsmen entrusted with reproducing the observatory. He will use original construction techniques along with the original dimensions and materials. For this event, a competition involving 30 people from local villages will move a 3.6-ton structure to a place 9 meters away.

For the reproduction, 580-tons of stone from the Woljeonggyo Bridge will be used. Gyeongju mayor Joo Nak-young said, “This year’s festival, including the reproduction of Cheomseongdae, will be an authentic and hands-on experience for people to learn about the Shilla Dynasty’s culture and history.”

The Shilla Culture Festival will be held from October 3rd to the 9th along the Woljeonggyo Bridge and Dongbu Historic Site with the theme “Silla’s Dream to the Universe”.

 

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