1 According to Korean folklore, the shadows of the moon outline a rabbit pounding away on a mortar to make rice cakes.
2 King Sejong was also a leading astronomer who created a system to predict solar and lunar eclipses.
While many of their programs are in Korean only, and are geared towards students, they offer bi-monthly events for couples where they can observe the constellations. It’s located in the heart of Seoul. So it’s easy to access.
Want to do something a bit more educational with your family? This observatory offers a 600m telescope, an indoor/outdoor observatory and a planetarium.
Stars are a rare sight in Seoul, but at the observatory in Nowon-gu, you can feast your eyes on a celestial buffet. Visit on Fri, Sat or Sun at 2pm to enter for free, or make a reservation ahead of time to see the spring constellations and the Moon. (spoiler: the surface of the Moon looks like “ojingeo ttangkong”).
Though only 40 minutes from Seoul, the Jungmisan Star Observatory boasts that you can see 1,000 times more stars here than in the city.
Located away from pollution on Mt.Bongnaesan, this is the largest astronomical observatory in Korea. The nation’s largest telescope is located here.