[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.]
On the last day of May, there were a lot of tourists visiting The Jeju Areospace Museum (JAM.) There were many exibits about aircraft and the universe. It is located in Andeok myeon, Seogwipo.
JAM contains the history of the world’s flight, and information about life in the Korean Air force. Many of the planes on display were donated by the Airforce. Some planes were used in the war.
JAM’s chairman, Kang Sueng-mo, said “My favorite place is ‘The principles of an airship’exhibit. Also, I like the flight simulator.” He explained further, “In 2008, the Air Force searched all over the country for a location for the museum, and Jeju was selected. Construction started in 2010 and finished in december, 2013. JAM opened on April 24, 2014.”
A tourist visiting with her family, Park Kyung-hee, said, “I came here because I have not been here before. It is a useful place because there’s a lot of information about planes. But there should be improvements in some of the broken machines that are suppossed to be part of the experience.”
There were also some children roaming around inside JAM’s massive halls. They said, “Making model airplanes was fun.” They continued, “The theater called Capops, which is shaped like a dome, was also interesting.” But One of the children, Yoon Jin-woo said, “It’s (the film) too childish. It should be improved.”
One member of the staff, Lee Bo-ran, who was stationed at the ticket counter for the 5D theater, said, “The 3D simulator, Orion, is my favorite. Because I worked there before, I could tell that many children liked that simulator.” Another employee, Lee Ju-hyeon, working in information center said, “I like the Air Hall: The hidden secrets of aircraft. There are a lot of planes. I recommend you to see the Air Hall.”
According to JAM’s brochure, JAM is an education and entertainmnet facility based on aviation and space operated by the JDC. JAM provides a place for both useful educational programs and diverse exciting experiences using multimedia. JAM will inspire the hopes and dreams of students who will someday become leaders in the aerospace field.
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