As the largest zoo in Korea, this animal park boasts 400 kinds of exotic species, and 12,000 kinds of plants in the nearby ... More
Seoul Grand Park
As the largest zoo in Korea, this animal park boasts 400 kinds of exotic species, and 12,000 kinds of plants in the nearby botanical garden. It is located in a 668,000-square-meter area which also includes the Seoul Land Theme Park and the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The animals mainly from Africa, South America, and Australia are divided by species, ecology, and habitat. There is a wide viewing tunnel in the Africa Hall, allowing a close view of the animals. Highlights include the white tiger or regular dolphin shows (three per day).
If you go to YouTube and look up Polar bear dance, you see a polar bear who is suffering from mental issues due to poor living arrangements and maybe even abuse. The video shows that the bear is in obvious distress.
I am ashamed to be Korean today. The Korean government and the city of Seoul should take actions immediately to provide better living arrangements for the animals. Until then, I ask those who are planning trips to Korea to BOYCOTT the Seoul Grand Park, Korea's largest zoo.
A colleague and I have been rushing, as we finish our teaching contracts, to see everything there is to see in Korea. Seoul Land was on our list for this weekend and I must admit that I was thoroughly impressed by the half of it we got to see (the amusement park side will be this weekend). There are ample displays with many signs in English and the animals seem to be well cared for. As to the atmosphere, there are hundreds of shade trees to relax beneath while enjoying ice cream or any of the many consumables prevalent at any amusement park in Seoul.
The value is the most exceptional part of the package -- you would be hard pressed to find a zoo in the states with a better entrance fee to quality ratio (it's only 3000 won) and I thoroughly recommend setting aside two days to see the whole park (the amusement park one day, the zoo the next).