|Gimhae Astronomical Observatory (김해천문대)|
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|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.
|Mondays (or the following day, if Monday is a holiday), January 1st|
are subject to change for all programs listed below.
Check the details on the official website prior to visit.
Indoor Constellation Program (Duration: 30min)
Eligibility: Age 4 and older.
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. / Saturdays at 15:00)
Eligibility: 4th grader in elementary school or older. (3rd grader and below can enter with an accompanying guardian.)
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
|Exhibition Hall 14:00-22:00 (Last admission: 10 min. before closing)|
|● Exhibition Building: Exhibition hall, planetarium, administrative office
● Observatory Building: Observation room 1 & 2, subsidiary observation room, control room, members’ room
|Reservation Info. for Natives|
|Online reservation available (same day reservation is not accepted).|
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
|From Gimhae Intercity Bus Terminal,
take a taxi to Gimhae Astronomical Observatory parking lot (김해천문대주차장,
From the parking lot, it is a 15-20min walk to Gimhae Astronomical Observatory.
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).