[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.]
Jeju Aerospace Museum(JAM) is an edu-tainment facility based on aviation and space operated by the Jeju Free International City Development Center(JDC). The facility contains 2 floors. The first floor mainly includes an exhibition of 23 real airplanes and displays the history track record of the Korean Airforce. The second floor shows broader things such as, the aviation of the west and the future. The museum had its opening on April 24th, 2014. Since then, many tourists and Jeju residents are visiting this museum, and it is becoming one of the essential places that tourists should visit. On May 31th, the JDC Junior Jounalists visited this place to learn about visitors opinions.
A 39 year old man from Masan visited this place with his family for a vacation. He said, “Before we came here my children researched about tourist sites, and found out that a huge museum had been opened recently. And thats how we came here.” He also added, “I’ve been to several other tourist attractions, but I feel that this place is more educational and if someone has a young child, I would definitely recommend the parents to come here with their children.”
All over the museum there were quite a lot of employees, and a young female employee said that she visited the website and found out that they were looking for a dilligent worker and signed up to work here. She said, “From an employee point of view this museum is great because we get to be eudcated before we do the work. Therefore, by working here not only we can earn money, but also we learn general knowledge about aviation.” She emphasized that, “ I think this museum can influence Jeju as a Free International City. Not only Koreans but also people from Japan and China visit here a lot. Therefore, I feel that when foreigners come to our museum, they would learn about Jeju’s effort of trying to be a Free International City and might have an effect of publicizing it.”
A 37 year old woman Park Kyunghee who is a resident of the island, stopped by JAM with her family. She pointed out that “There are not many places that we can learn about aircrafts or aviation in Jeju, so I am very glad that this museum is in Jeju. I always wanted to show these things to my children. However, there were several things that was out of order. So it was quite sad to loose the opportunity of experiencing some of such amazing things. She added, “The fact that the size is huge and it has lots of aircrafts and exhibits is the merit of this museum.”.
JAM consists of three parts. Aviation hall, space hall and theme hall. They open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and Sundays, and on Saturdays and Summer Season which is from June 20th to August 31st, they their business hours are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The museum will be closed on first and third Mondays of the month. In addition, the admission tickets are generally 15,500 wons for adults and 11,000 wons for children while there are some exceptions depending on soldiers and residents of Jeju.
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