[This article is written by a JDC Junior Journalist. The JDC Junior Journalist program is an educational project sponsored by Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC). JDC Junior Journalist articles are only briefly edited by mentors before publishing.]
The Jeju Aerospace Museum, also known as JAM, is a high-tech museum where education and entertainment are presented to visitors about aviation and space. JAM displays the history of the world’s flight and aircrafts with examples from the Korean Air Force. It includes the story of astronomy from ancient eras until the universe explore. Tourists can experience not only the parts of the solar system such as stars and planets, but they also learned about structure of the space and the process of creation of the galaxy and black holes. Virtual reality experience facilities like 5D theater will lead tourists to uncover a amazing and fascinating universe which they have never experienced before.
There are two main floors in the Jeju Aerospace Museum. The first floor is about the history of flight. The second floor is about space and has themed facilities which will will appeal to a visitor’s five senses. The first floor shows the history of flight, from Wright Brothers to supersonic speed airplanes. In addition, there’s the Gallery of Korea’s Air Force, Secrets That Are Hidden in the Aircrafts, Flight Technology, and How Things Fly. The second floor mainly shows information about space. Also on the second floor is a 5D stereoscopic- a high-quality movie about constellations in a dome-shaped floor. Tourists can communicate with imaginary aliens by making their own characters, as well as learn about aerospace through monitors with advanced contents and experience space by wearing 3D glasses.
Man Tourists who came to JAM were from Seoul and Jeju Island. Tourists liked that the museum was huge and clean, with various kinds of attractions to see and experience. But because the museum was so large, many tourists weren’t finished looking around before being interviewed. The visitors also mentioned a few points they thought could be improved. A 47 year old man from Jeju City named Yang Seo-wan said, “It would be nice if the outside, like the garden, could be decorated. I think benches inside are lacking. Tourists won’t have any place to sit if there are many people.”
Some tourists compared JAM to other museums they had visited. A woman from Seoul said she had been to Automobile Museum in Jeju. She prefered JAM because her children are more interested in science, including space and the aliens. To her, the Automobile Museum just was an exhibition museum.
The Jeju Aerospace Museum is opened from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m on weekdays and weekends. It’s closed on the first and third Monday of every month. The admission costs 15,000 won for adults, 13,000 won for teenagers and soldiers, and 11,000 won for children. A discount is applied if tourists come in groups or if they are Jeju residents. It costs 3,500 won to 5,000 won extra to gain access to the additional attraction, such as the 5D movie, interactive movie, and to go into the dome-shaped theater. JAM can prepares a guide and voice guide like mp3 for groups of Koreans and foreigners. Its a free service, but tourists need identification.
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