Taebaek Coal Museum


This small but well-formed museum inside Taebaeksan Provincial Park documents the history of coal mining in Korea and the Taebaek region, which used to be the country’s main coal-mining area. There's geology galore, a reproduction of a mine shaft and mini coal trams.

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