Exciting new attraction in Korea…

Photo supplied by Korea Tourism Organization

If you are heading to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, they are about to launch an exciting new tourist attraction: a moon-shaped, tethered helium balloon named the Moon of Seoul, located at Yeouido Park. 

This is expected to become one of the city’s landmarks, offering visitors a chance to enjoy the nighttime view of the Hangang River and the bustling city of Seoul.

Each round trip will take about 15 minutes and can accommodate up to 30 passengers. The balloon will ascend to heights between 100 and 150 metres, depending on weather conditions.

The Moon of Seoul during the day time – photo Korea Tourism Organization

While the Moon of Seoul may resemble a hot air balloon, it is lifted by helium gas and tethered to the ground by cables. Its vertical movement is powered by the buoyancy of the helium gas and an electric mechanism.

Operating hours are expected to be from Tuesday to Sunday, between 12 PM and 10 PM. The anticipated ticket prices are KRW 25,000 (AUD 27) for adults (ages 19 to 64) and KRW 20,000 (AUD 22) for children (ages 3 to 18) and seniors (65 and above).

Construction of the Moon of Seoul began in January this year. To ensure safety, the first test flight was conducted on June 23, with more tests planned. The official launch is scheduled for August, with the exact date contingent on weather conditions.

Find out more about Korea at visitkorea.org.au.