Innovation in Asia

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Attractions - Seoul, Korea: Innovation In Technology

The top five attractions in Seoul, Korea representing technological innovations that are open to the public are Samsung d'light, T.um, the Samsung Innovation Museum, Seoul Innovation Park, and the Trick Eye Museum.

Attractions — Seoul, Korea: Innovation in Technology

SAMSUNG D'LIGHT

  • Samsung d’light is the global promotion and public exhibition center of Samsung Electronics.
  • Entry Fee: None
  • Operating hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 – 19:00. Exceptions: National holidays, Sunday, and Labor Day (05-01).
  • Supplementary Information: Supported languages include Korean, English, and Chinese. The maximum number of each tour group is 20 people (through prior reservation). One hour free parking, but visitors must receive parking stamp at the Information Desk.
  • Supplementary Information (continued): No alcohol, no smoking, no food, and no beverages allowed at the exhibit. Service dogs may enter the exhibit.
  • Camera policy: None specified
  • Ticket pre-purchase requirements: None for solo visitors. Large groups (max 20 people) must make reservations at least two days in advance; cancellations must contact customer service before the reserved date of visit.
  • Appropriate attire: None specified

T.UM

  • Sponsored by SK Telecom, T.um presents the public with an opportunity to view SK’s latest IT innovations (e.g., self-driving cars, the latest technology for the home, fashion technology, and many others) in themed zones.
  • Entry Fee: None
  • Operating hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 20:00; alternating weekends (i.e., first and third) of every month, 10:00 – 17:00. Exceptions: Holidays, Labor Day, alternating weekends (i.e., second and fourth), and the last Monday of each month.
  • Supplementary Information: Supported languages include Korean, English, and Chinese. Tours last for 70 and 80 minutes (maximum of 10 visitors per tour), and docent-guided tours are available through reservation. Parking is available at T-Tower for ₩1,000 for 10 minutes.
  • Camera policy: Cameras and flash photography are not allowed.
  • Ticket pre-purchase requirement: Yes, via website or mobile (1 month to 30 minutes prior to the tour)
  • Appropriate attire: None specified

SAMSUNG INNOVATION MUSEUM

  • The Samsung Innovation Museum is the company’s public exhibition of the history and future of electronics industry innovations.
  • Entry Fee: None
  • Operating hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 – 18:00 (reservations only) and Saturday, 9:00 – 17:00 (last admission by 1630). Exceptions: Sundays, national holidays, Labor Day, Children’s Day (05-05), alternative holidays, and the last day in December.
  • Supplementary information: All visits require a reservation. Saturday visits are the exception, but there are no guided tours on Saturdays. Guide dogs are allowed but not pets.
  • Camera policy: Photography is allowed but limited in certain areas of the museum. Filming is not allowed except for TV program segments.
  • Ticket pre-purchase requirement: Reservations are required
  • Appropriate attire: Proper attire is recommended; the museum requests that guests refrain from wearing flip-flops, sweat pants, and sweatshirts.

SEOUL INNOVATION PARK

  • The Seoul Innovation Park is a unique environment where people can collaborate to create innovative technological solutions to problems.
  • Entry fee: None, but some programs may charge a minimal fee.
  • Operating hours: Generally open 24 hours a day, but there may be some exceptions for safety purposes.
  • Supplementary Information: The Park Tour is a general introduction to the Seoul Innovation Park and a visit to the shared spaces within the park. There is also a self-guided tour option using a manual provided by the website.
  • Camera policy: None
  • Ticket pre-purchase requirement: None
  • Appropriate attire: None specified

TRICK EYE MUSEUM

  • The Trick Eye Museum is the world’s first interactive museum and gallery that uses advanced augmented reality, virtual reality and other digital technologies with its collection.
  • Entry fee: Individuals, adults — ₩15,000 and children (under 18) — ₩12,000. Groups, adults — ₩11,000, children (under 18) — ₩8,000.
  • Operating hours: 9:00 – 2100 (last admission at 2000).
  • Supplementary information: For children under 18, age verification is required (e.g., passport, student ID, etc.). A reservation is required for groups (booking inquiry hours are Monday to Friday 1000 – 1800).
  • Camera policy: None specified; some pictures are available through the museum’s specialty app.
  • Ticket pre-purchase requirements: None for solo individuals, but groups require a reservation.
  • Appropriate attire: None specified

Research Strategy:

We began our inquiry with an investigation into local media, travel guides, and visitor sites to identify innovation attractions that are open to the public. In the course of our investigation, we selected those facilities that were highly rated (four stars and above) on TripAdvisor or Google Reviews. We assembled our list using those attractions that were rated the highest by previous visitors. Our logic was that these attractions would be open to the public and would be the best experience. After assembling our list, we then made inquiries into each attraction’s website to locate the specified information.
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Attractions - Tokyo, Japan: Innovation In Technology

Top five attractions in Tokyo, Japan that represent innovation in technology and are open to visitors include teamLab Borderless, TEPIA Advanced Technology Gallery, Panasonic Center Tokyo, Sony Explorascience Museum, and Toshiba Science Museum. Admission at TEPIA Advanceded Technology Gallery, Panasonic Center Tokyo, and Toshiba Science Museum is free. Conversely, teamLab Borderless and Sony Explorascience Museum charge between $2.77 and $29.49 depending on age.

teamlab borderless

tepia advanced technology gallery

  • TEPIA Advanced Technology Gallery holds exhibitions on robotics and displays revolutionary 3D printing technology.
  • Admission at the gallery is free.
  • The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. It is closed on Mondays and at the end Japan's fiscal year, which takes place between March and April.
  • No advanced tickets are required when visiting the gallery, however, groups are advised to book the theater if they plan to visit this section of the gallery.
  • TEPIA has a restaurant. However, there is not eating space for those who carry their own food.

panasonic center tokyo

  • The panasonic center provides insights on technology innovations and future gadgets.
  • Access to the museum is free. However, to access the RiSuPia museum on the third floor, one has to pay $4.61 dollars.
  • The museum is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays, December 31st, and January 1st.
  • Pets are restricted from entering the museum. However, guide dogs are allowed.

sony exploraScience museum

toshiba science museum

national museum of emerging science and innovation

  • The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation holds exhibitions focusing on technology and space exploration.
  • Adults pay $5.21 for entrance while those who are below 18 years old are charged $1.94. Preschoolers are given free admission.
  • Children under 18 are given free admission on Saturday.
  • The museum is open from 10:00am to 17:00pm on from Wednesday to Monday. The museum is closed on Tuesday and only functions if it is national holiday. Furthermore, it remains closed from December 28th to January 1st.
  • Filming and taking photographs in the museum is allowed. However, there are specific exhibitions where they are prohibited. Moreover, filming and taking pictures in the Dome Theater is not allowed.
  • Pets are not allowed in the museum.

research strategy

To find the requested information, we looked through travel websites such as Live Japan, Skyscanner, and Travel With a Mate to find the top 5 attractions in Tokyo that represent innovation in technology and are open to visitors. We found several locations in Tokyo that fit these criteria. We then determined the top 5 attractions by looking at their TripAdvisor ratings and reading through the reviews. We selected attractions that had ratings of 4 and above, and ensured that each had more than 30 reviews. Finally, we included a sixth attraction, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, as it was recommended in the research criteria.


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