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Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)

  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)
  • Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)

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Address
254, Gaya thema-gil, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 김해시 가야테마길 254 (어방동)
Type
Ecological Tourist Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-55-337-3785
Homepage
ast.ghdc.or.kr (Korean only)
  • Information
    Introduction
    The Gimhae Astronomical Observatory was opened on February 1, 2002 as part of the Millennium Commemorative Project started in December, 1998. It was built to satisfy the general public’s curiosity about the universe and celestial bodies, inspire young people, and give everyone a unique, memorable experience. The observatory is shaped like an egg, in memory of the legend of King Kim Suro, the founder of the Garak Kingdom, according to which the king was born from an egg.

    It is said that the queen of King Suro, Heo Hwang-ok, was a princess from the Indian country of Ayuta. Since sophisticated navigation equipment had yet to be invented, it can be assumed that she found her way to the Garak Kingdom by following the stars. It is also said that a prince of the Garak Kingdom built an observatory on the highest point of a mud fortress in Jinrye in order to make astronomical observations. The place is still referred to as Bibidan, which means a place to watch the stars.

    These historical facts indicate the stars were very important to the Gaya, an ancient kingdom established mainly in the Gimhae area. The peak of Bunseongsan Mountain, where the observatory is located, offers sweeping views of the entire area of Gimhae-si. The night view of Gimhae-si, when the stars are out, is breathtaking.

    Telephone
    +82-55-337-3785

    Closed
    Mondays (or the following day, if Monday is a holiday), January 1st

    Activity Information
    [Constellation Program]
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Eligibility: Age 4 and older
    Description: Explanation of constellations in the night sky.

    [Astronomical Observation Program]
    Duration: 30min
    Description: Observing the sky on clear nights.

    [Telescope Handling Program]
    Duration: 90 minutes (Every Saturday at 15:00)
    Eligibility: 4th grader in elementary school or older. (3rd grader and below can enter with an accompanying guardian.)
    Description: Explanation about how a telescope works and how to properly use one.

    ※ Refer to homepage for prices.

    Operating Hours
    Exhibition Hall 14:00-22:00 (Last admission 10 minutes before closing)

    Parking Facilities
    Available

    Available Facilities
    ● Exhibition Building: Exhibition hall, planetarium, administrative office
    ● Observatory Building: Observation room 1 & 2, subsidiary observation room, control room, members’ room

    Admission Fees
    Free

    Reservation Info. for Natives
    Online reservation (same-day reservation not accepted).

    Baby Stroller Rentals
    Not available

    Pets
    Not allowed

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