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We invite you to experience the eco-friendly transportation system of the future, running on a magnetic levitation system, the train runs over 8.8 meters above the ground. The National Science Museum promotes science and technology exellence and contributes to the popularization of science and technology to the public through the experience of riding the Maglev Train.
The Maglev Train is the world’s third largest transportation system and it is a train that functions on electricity. The train can be categorized by speed either, medium or low, and through floating modes either, suction or repulsion. The National Science Museum operates a domestically built maglev train suitable for the urban environment using electromagnetic seats and suction, at medium to low speed.
※ The urban Maglev Train is the 2nd type to be commercialized in the world
|Seission||Tuesday - Friday
(Train Departure Time)
|Saturday - Sunday
(Train Departure Time)
|1st||10:00 ~10:40 (10:30)||09:40 ~10:05 (10:00)|
|2st||11:00 ~11:40 (11:30)||10:20 ~10:45 (10:40)|
|3st||13:00 ~13:40 (13:30)||11:00 ~11:25 (11:20)|
|4st||14:00 ~14:40 (14:30)||13:00 ~13:25 (13:20)|
|5st||15:00 ~15:40 (15:30)||13:40 ~14:05 (14:00)|
|6st||16:00 ~16:40 (16:30)||14:20 ~14:45 (14:40)|
|7st||17:00 ~17:40 (17:30)||15:00 ~15:25 (15:20)|
|8st||15:40 ~16:05 (16:00)|
|9st||16:20 ~16:45 (16:40)|
|10st||17:00 ~17:25 (17:20)|
※ Train boarding will commence after listening to an explanation and will leave according to the train schedule
|division||Single||Group (20 persons or more)|
|Adults and Seniors (20 years and older)||2,000won||2,000won|
|Youth (8-19 years old)||1,000won||1,000won|
|Children (4-7 years old)||1,000won||1,000won|
|Infants (3 years and younger)||Free (With Free Boarding Pass)||-|
The electromagnets located beneath the rails of the vehicle generates magnetic forces that pull the train causing it to levitate. If the current flowing between the electromagnets and the rail are not controlled, the electromagnets can stick to the rail. The current is controlled by the distance measuring gap and the controller to maintain a levitation status of around 0.8-1cm.
The urban Maglev Train uses linear motors similar to that of rotating electric motors to move forward. The magnetized coil repels the large magnets on the train allowing for levitation, and once it levitates, the power is supplied to the coils within the guideway to create a unique system of magnetic field that pull and push the train. The electric current constantly alternates to change the polarity of the magnetized coils and this change in polarity causes the magnetic field in front of the train to pull the vehicle forward while the field behind forwardly thrusts it.