Places to see in Gyeongju: Lotus Ponds & Summer Flowers

I’ve heard a lot of people complain about Korea just being a concrete jungle with no green spaces. These people must never get out of their small little bubbles because Korea is such a beautiful country. Summer in Korea can be hot and humid, but it’s still one of my favorite seasons because of how all of the trees and plants perk up and turn a stunning shade of green. It can be really breathtaking driving through the countryside this time of year.

Another great thing about summer in Korea is that the lotuses bloom! I’d never actually seen a real lotus until I came to Korea. I was so excited when we found the lotus ponds in Gyeongju two summers ago.

Lotus Ponds in Gyeongju, Korea

There are two main places to see the lotuses in Gyeongju: outside of Anapji Pond and near Cheomseongdae Observatory. The Anapji Pond area is really convenient because parking is available close by, but the main show is at the Observatory.

If you head to Cheomseongdae Observatory, it’s a lovely place to see other types of flowers. Mexican Asters (garden cosmos flower) bloom around the same time as the lotuses and the observatory area has an entire field of these gorgeous flowers.

There’s also a really nice tunnel of gourds that you can walk through. The gourds grow up and over the tunnel and hang down from the top. It’s absolutely lovely.

Gourd Tunnels in Gyeongju, South Korea

Gourd Tunnels in Gyeongju, South Korea

The Cheomseongdae Observatory area is one of the main attractions of Gyeongju and it’s one of my favorite places to see in Korea. It is full of burial mounds and happens to be one of my favorite places to see cherry blossoms in spring. It’s a photographer’s dream and a great place to enjoy the outdoors and soak in the beautiful scenery.

The lotuses start blooming at the end of June and reach full bloom around mid to late July. The dates vary each year.

Here are the addresses:

Cheomseongdae Observatory
839-1, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeonsangbuk-do
경북 경주시 인왕동 839-1

Anapji Pond
26-1, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경북 경주시 인왕동 26-1

30 thoughts on “Places to see in Gyeongju: Lotus Ponds & Summer Flowers

  1. Wow this looks so pretty! I wish I’d known about it sooner so I could plan a trip to see it this year! But you’re right, Korea has so many gorgeous nature places to visit, I don’t know how anyone could complain about there not being green spaces!

  2. Gorgeous! I said this about one of your Gyeongju posts before, but: HOW THE HECK DID I MISS THESE PLACES! Granted, it was in winter, so maybe they weren’t so appealing then. Your lotus photos are wonderful!

  3. You’re right in that many people don’t ever really leave the big cities. I, for one, cannot stand to go more than a few weeks without seeing some real greenery. These blossoms definitely qualify!

  4. That’s my favorite place too!! Evan STILL hasn’t been…we really need to fix that!! I’m hoping to see some lotus in Namhae this weekend? I’ll be reading your post about things to do in Namhae again to get ready for it. Hopefully Gyeongju will be next on our list. 😉

  5. I certainly agree with you. Korea has some great green space and right now is one of the best times to get out and see it. I really loved those pics of the lotuses. Not sure if we have anything similar over here on the southwest side. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Your pictures are so pretty! I personally can’t stand the humidity of summer here, but that’s because I’m a sweat monster like no other, but I actually did just think to myself this morning on my walk to the subway how green the trees were and thought they were so pretty. I’m also always so damn happy every time I leave Seoul because Korea really really is super stunning and green once you get out of the huge cities.

    • How’s the weather in Seoul today? It’s absolutely gorgeous today with an amazingly beautiful blue sky, but super hot (about 90). The heat doesn’t bother me as much as the winter here. I’m from Texas so I’m used to really hot summers, but I’m a big wimp when it comes to cold.

      • It’s actually super nice today and a little breezy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat, but being from LA where it’s a hot heat, I prefer to not be steamed like a mandu 😉 I’m a huge wimp when it comes to cold too, but shockingly I think I’ve gotten a bit better. I guess living with 4 seasons long enough you can acclimate…somewhat 🙂

  7. I agree with the mentality that people think it’s a concrete jungle. I came here by myself thinking I would be close knit with my coworkers and friends, only to hear them complaining about Korea and that there is nothing to do. There is a ton of beautiful country side that is really quite stunning. Although I must confess, not quite sold on the beaches :).

    But that pink photo, what a treasure that one is! Great job.

  8. The lotuses are gorgeous and the photos of the couple and kids under the gourds is unique. I look forward to seeing them. Thanks for the inspiration always of the many things to see and do!

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