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Address
254, Gaya thema-gil, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 김해시 가야테마길 254 (어방동,김해천문대)
Type
Ecological Tourist Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-55-337-3785
Homepage
astro.gsiseol.or.kr (Korean only)
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.
Closed
Mondays (or the following day, if Monday is a holiday), January 1st
Activity Information
Indoor Constellation Program (Duration: 30min)
Adults: 3,000 won / Group (over 30): 2,000 won
Youths: 2,000 won / Group: 1,500 won
Children: 1,500 won / Group: 1,300 won
Pre-schoolers: 1,000 won / Group: 1,000 won  

Astronomical Observation Program (Duration: 30min)
Adults: 4,000 won / Group (over 30): 3,000 won
Youths: 3,000 won / Group: 2,500 won
Children: 2,500 won / Group: 2,300 won
Pre-schoolers: 2,000 won / Group: 2,000 won  

* Not available on cloudy days.

Telescope Handling Method Learning (Duration: 90min)
Adults: 8,000 won / Group (over 30): 7,000 won
Youths: 7,000 won / Group: 6,500 won
Children: 6,500 won / Group: 6,300 won
Operating Hours
14:00-22:00 (Last admission: 21:00)
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
Baby Stroller Rentals
Not available
Pets
Not permitted
Directions
From Gimhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Gimhae Astronomical Observatory parking lot (김해천문대주차장, 20-30min).
From the parking lot, it is a 15-20min walk to Gimhae Astronomical Observatory.

OR,
From Gupo Station (Busan Subway Line 3), take Bus 8 or 8-1.
Get off at Inje University (인제대학교).
From Inje University, take a taxi to Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대, 10min).

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