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Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)

  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
  • Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지)
Address
659, Gongnyong-ro, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 화성시 송산면 공룡로 659
Type
Ecological Tourist Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-31-357-3951
Homepage
dinopia.hscity.go.kr
(Korean only)
  • Information
    Introduction
    The Hwaseong Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site (화성 공룡알 화석지) was discovered on an island in the tidal plain south of Sihwaho Lake (시화호). The island was revealed when seawaters were blocked during a land reclamation project. As a sedimentary layer formed during the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic Era (dated around 83 million to 85 million years ago) was eroded by weathering, around twenty 50-60 cm diameter nests and roughly 130 dinosaur eggs ranging in size from 11 to 14 cm, located at six to seven sites, were discovered. It is anticipated that more fossils will be discovered once a thorough investigation is carried out and more land is reclaimed.
    Most dinosaur eggs are oval shaped and dark red. Considering the properties of the fossilized shells, the eggs that have been discovered so far are assumed to belong to four-legged herbivorous dinosaurs with a long neck and tail, and two-legged herbivorous dinosaurs, including the Hadrosaur. A wide range of plant fossils were also discovered alongside the fossilized eggs, leading to expectations that the formerly lush environment may yet be restored.

    The discovery of the Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Site in Hwaseong has greatly expanded the scope of Korean paleontology; previous paleontological discoveries were exclusively limited to fossilized dinosaur footprints. This significant discovery has attracted many internationally renowned scholars who have visited the site in Hwaseong. The site is closed to individuals in order to preserve its integrity. But, you can visit the area by joining the fossil site exploration programme offered by a locally operating environmental group.

    Telephone
    +82-31-357-3951

    Current Status
    [Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs in Gojeong-ri, Hwaseong] Natural Monument No. 414 (Designated on March 21, 2000)

    Closed
    Every Monday

    Activity Information
    Fossil Site of Dinosaur Egg Visitors Center 3D Experience: 10:30 / 11:30 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00 (about 20 min)
    Fossil Site of Dinosaur Egg Walking Path: 1,527m-walking path (1 hour)

    Operating Hours
    Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:00

    Parking Facilities
    Available (29 cars: 4 spaces for large-sized car / 25 spaces for small · middle-sized car

    Available Facilities
    Visitor centers, View Point, Learning center

    Korean Info. Service
    Cultural Heritage Commentator (Prior reservations required)
    - Operating hour: 10:00-17:00 / Closed on every Monday
    - Inquiry: +82-31-357-3951, 3961

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