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Asia's biggest aerospace museum to open in Jeju

By 정주원

Published : March 24, 2014 - 17:10

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Asia's largest aerospace museum is set to open on South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju next month to provide visitors with a chance to learn about aviation and space, its operator said Monday. 

The Jeju Aerospace Museum in the southwestern part of the island will showcase exhibitions on aviation, space exploration and planetary science, according to the Jeju Free International City Development Center.

After some six years of construction with funding of 115 billion won ($106.7 million), the JDC has completed the four-story building of some 30,000 square meters in cooperation with South Korea's Air Force.

Items on the display will include Mustang and F4D fighter bombers, as well as some 270 meteorites collected and donated by Dr. Kim Dong-seop, chief of the Meteorite and Mineral Research Institute of Korea, according to the JDC.

The museum will also present diverse educational activities and performances, such as flying simulation games and five-dimensional theater, to better promote the country's efforts for innovation in the technology of flight, the center added. 

"The Jeju museum is, in large part, modeled after the globally-renowned Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the United States to present top-notch programs in this scientific field," a JDC official said.

To boost the convenience of foreign tourists, audio tour guides will be provided in four languages --- Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese, he noted.

"The museum will be a venue for putting forth a vision of the aerospace industry and boosting public understanding about science technology," JDC Chairman Kim Han-wook said.

"As a signature tourist attraction on Jeju, it is also expected to help draw more visitors here and further vitalize the local economy."

Last year, the scenic resort island drew more than 10.8 million tourists, including 2.33 million people from overseas, with the government striving to attract 15 million visitors by 2018. (Yonhap)