Minister of Knowledge Economy Choi Joong-Kyung paid a visit to the Gwacheon National Science Museum in suburban Seoul last week to mark the opening of a permanent robot exhibition. Visitors can experience robots in action and glimpse the future world that will soon be reality thanks to advances in robotics.
A 495-square-meter, robot-shaped exhibition hall within the museum showcases 21 kinds of robots: humanoid robots, robotic fish, robots designed for disaster operations, household robots, educational robots and more. Performing robots entertain visitors with singing, dancing and martial arts.
The public can view the exhibition six days a week from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. but can also reserve tickets for other times; tickets are available both online (www.scientorium.go.kr) and from a robot at the entrance. The hall can accommodate up to 30 people and 30-minute visits can be scheduled every hour on the hour. Music, dance and tae kwon do performances run every hour on the half hour and last 20 minutes. No reservations are necessary to view performances.
As Korea's robotics industry grows stronger, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy is considering whether to establish similar exhibitions in different locations in 2012.