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Jeongdongjin Hourglass Park: Time Museum

At Jeongdongjin Hourglass Park, you can find the “Time Museum.” As you explore Jeongdongjin Hourglass Park, you’ll notice a train on display. This train is no longer in operation, but it has been repurposed and is now operated as the Time Museum.

“Jeongdongjin: Time Museum”

The Time Museum in Jeongdongjin focuses on, as the name suggests, “time.” However, rather than delving into philosophical concepts or thoughts about time and space, it primarily emphasizes “clocks.”

The museum displays various concepts and devices that were used to measure time throughout history. You can also encounter clocks from the past adorned with elaborate patterns and decorations.

“Encounter a Variety of Clocks at the Time Museum”

The Time Museum offers a wide array of clocks. In particular, you’ll find many intricately designed clocks from the past that may be considered rare and not easily found elsewhere. This made the admission fee feel worthwhile, as you could enjoy such a diverse collection.

Especially impressive are the clocks in the style of Rube Goldberg devices towards the latter part of the exhibit. Observing these clocks in action gives you a palpable sense of time passing. Nowadays, people often assign names like “OO-mong” when they gaze blankly at something. For example, “fire-mong” for staring into a fire, or “water-mong” for staring into water. At the Time Museum, you can experience a “clock-mong” moment while watching the clocks in motion.

“Enjoy the Viewpoint to Admire Jeongdongjin’s Scenery”

After finishing your tour, you can ascend to the top of the train to enjoy the view of Jeongdongjin. From there, you can take in the sights of the Hourglass Park and the East Sea coastline.

This spot offers a refreshing sense of openness, allowing you to take in the views of the East Sea in front of the Hourglass Park and the iconic “Sun Cruise Hotel & Resort” building, another landmark of Jeongdongjin, all at once.

“Time Museum Admission Fee: 9,000 KRW”

The admission fee for adults is 9,000 KRW, which is somewhat on the higher side. However, considering the opportunity to see numerous rare clocks, it is a worthy expenditure.

The Time Museum is another notable attraction within Jeongdongjin Hourglass Park that you can explore during your visit.

“Jeongdongjin: Time Museum”

  • Address: 990-1 Heonhwa-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, 25631, South Korea
  • Phone: 033-645-4540
  • Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Website: Time Museum Website