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Astroman Submitted on October 9th, 2005 by Kill304 Print
Type: Gyms Province: Gyeonggi-Do City: Seoul
Phone: 02) 325-4787 URL: Visit Gym's Homepage Address: Soonseon Bld. Basement SeongSan-Dong 572 - 99 Mapo-Gu, Seoul
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Open: Mon. ~ Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Sun. open only in rainy weather)
Admission fee:
(adult) (student)
1 month 70 000 won 50 000
3 months 189 000 135 000
6 months 350 000 250 000
1 year 630 000 450 000

one-day passs: adult 10 000, student 5 000

equipment rental available

Walk out of Hongik University Station(aka Hongdae IpGu) Exit 1 until the first major intersection. Without crossing the street, turn right. Walk straight about 10 min. You will see a pair of SK Gas stations, one on the left, one on the right. Turn right into the small street before the SK Gas station on the right, and Astroman will be in the basement of the building on your right.

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Comment added by Murdog83 on March 10th, 2009
I climbed here. Very clean gym, and the directions are impeccable and I had absolutely no problems finding this gym. The gas station doesn't say Hyundai Oil Bank on it though, the station I saw SK in the logo.

The busy nights are on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (or so I was told). The locals are very nice and will include you in their climbing challenges (or at least the locals climbing when I was there did). There wasn't much English spoken, but climbing is a universal language. I had a lot of fun.

Comment added by markchui on March 23rd, 2009
directions are spot on; pretty much turn right at the first SK gas station, walk the ten minutes, and turn right at the next SK gas station
astroman is right there

Comment added by choss monkey on September 10th, 2010

the first gas station no longer exists. It is die! The directions are still great, just don't look for that first SK station.

Comment added by danger on March 4th, 2011
Directions and Maps to the gym have been update =)

Comment added by carr0444 on December 1st, 2011
It's been remodeled as of November, 2011, and is MUCH nicer than before. Honestly, it's one of the nicest bouldering gyms in Seoul at the moment. It's not K2, but it's also only 90k/mo or 15k/day. The walls are tall, the pads are perfect, the routes are great, and the hours are spectacular. It's open from 9am-11pm weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends. I'll try to post some new pictures soon, but you should definitely check it out. Hongdae Station exit one, take a right at your first intersection, walk about 10m until you come to the gas stations (one on each side), turn right...you can't miss it. The 7011 and 7016 buses also go there...3rd stop after Hongdae.

Comment added by RaggedThought on December 29th, 2012
Thought I'd give everyone a little update about this place, as I checked it out the other day...

It still exists, and is really nice. A cool little hole-in-the-wall type of place, with some good wall features and nice staff. It's not a really high-wall gym--it's just bouldering (no ropes), but the pads are nice and the facility is clean and easy to find if you follow the directions above.

There aren't a ton of routes, and most of them are geared towards the beginner and intermediate level. But there are a lot of random holds up, so you could easily make up some of your own routes just for kicks.

A few things to note:

The prices have increased a bit. I think the manager told me it's W90,000 now for a 1-month membership (non-student), and it's W15,000 for a non-student day pass.

Also, there's no loose chalk allowed, only liquid. They let me borrow some, but if you don't have your own, plan to buy a bottle of it at the gym.

Overall, still a really cool little space, and great spot for any boulderers near Hongdae.

Comment added by lyanbaek on August 13th, 2014
Just took my first class here, yesterday. They teach you well starting from the basic and the daily question seems fun to solve.

But to be honest, one should avoid using the gym between 7:00pm-10:00pm; too much people on the wall.

Comment added by chersland on March 16th, 2015
An update to the directions: the gas station on the right side of the road is now "GS", not "SK".

Comment added by Gil on September 16th, 2015
The gas station on the right side has been torn down and walled off for construction.

Comment added by Gil on September 16th, 2015
Also, the prices have changed. Briefly, adult day pass for 15,000 won, adult monthly fee of 110,000 won and adult three-month class for 250,000 won. The enrollment in class does not preclude you from paying the monthly fee. So three months with class would be 110,000X3 plus 250,000, or 580,000 won.

Comment added by mila on September 6th, 2017
Prices are updated online at the Astroman website. The gym was small and I found it difficult to figure out the marked climbs. I agree with coming at non-peak times, especially give that many of the climbs are horizontal and span entire walls.

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