Children's Grand Park. Zoo in Seoul, South Korea

Children's Grand Park

Zoo in Seoul, South Korea

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Children's Grand Park - Children's Grand Park. Photo by Jeremy Thompson
Children’s Grand Park, located in the northeast corner of Seoul, is the largest zoo inside of the Seoul city limits and a hotspot destination for school field trips in the spring and summer. The park is built over a hill, so many of the attractions are anywhere from a light slope to a steep hike from the park’s main entrance. Then again, it’s always fun to make the trek to the wild animal exhibit or the botanical garden’s greenhouse.
Unlike other zoos and theme parks in the area, Children’s Grand Park has no entry fee. Visitors are free to come and go every day of the year with only a few restrictions. For example, the park doesn’t allow anyone to enter with any pets, all children must be supervised at all times, and there are no bikes, scooters, or roller skates allowed in the park.

Once you’re inside the gates, the park is separated into five sections: a recreational park for picnics and outdoor performances, a botanical garden hosting thousands of plants, an amusement park with rides and rollercoasters, and the zoo which hosts hundreds of animals.
While there isn’t an entrance fee to get into the park, there are more than enough restaurants, rides, and attractions to help lighten up your wallet.

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Children’s Grand Park Zoo - Children's Grand Park. Photo by Seoul Korea

Recreation and the Great Outdoors

The animals are the main attraction for most who make the visit, but the rest of the park is definitely worth exploring. There are fields of carefully mown grass as well as lakes and recreational areas that are perfect for picnics or light walks on the weekends. There are groups of elderly who arrive in droves during the spring to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

A little known part of the park is the Barefoot Walking Course set up on the north part of the park. It features some raised areas on a variety of simulated terrain to get people out of their shoes and onto a trail. It isn’t a popular destination, but it’s great for taking a break from walking in your own shoes all day.

Like any park worth its salt, there are wide open fields prime for a few pickup games of ultimate Frisbee or badminton. For a bit more traction, there are also a myriad of courts and fields for soccer, basketball, and tennis on the south and east ends of the park.

Bringing the Outside In: The Botanical Garden

The botanical garden at the Children’s Grand Park is a must-visit for anyone who makes the visit. It’s a quiet space filled with thousands of species of plants and nearly zero insects. During the spring, it’s a nice, warm break from all the walking up and down hills while during the summer, it’s a safe respite from the swarms of mosquitoes that call Korea home.

For anyone looking to see rare or distinguished species of plants, the garden is bound to be disappointing. There aren’t many plants outside a large variety of trees, thorny bushes, and flowers but the selection that is there helps anyone take a break from a day that is sure to be filled with a lot of walking.

Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My

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Children’s Grand Park Zoo - Children's Grand Park. Photo by Seoul Korea
The Children’s Grand Park Zoo isn’t as large as other zoos, or even the Seoul Grand Park (Wikipedia
	Article) Zoo, but there’s still a lot to look at. The zoo has been separated off into several areas: Deer Village, Aquatic Animals area; Herbivorous Animals village, Wild Birds Village; Beasts of Prey Village, Petting Zoo; and Tropical Animals Village.

The Deer Village, Petting Zoo, and Wild Birds Village offer visitors the chance to get up and close to the animals. There are vending machines or vendors who sell feed that visitors can then use to coax animals close enough to pet. These areas are also prone to closure during certain seasons or days of the week due to staffing. They are usually open during the warmer months on weekends and close down during the weekdays of colder seasons.

Finally there is the Animal Theater which puts on shows like Peter Pan with the animals taking on many of the roles. There are anywhere from three to five shows a day and tickets can be purchased at the box office at the theater itself. Tickets sell out pretty quickly on weekends mainly because of the sheer number of families that make the trek over.

Up and Over

Past the animals and close to the north entrance (also known as the rear entrance) are the rides and roller coasters that the park has to offer. There are only a handful of rides here and while they aren't enough to compete with other attractions like Seoul Land or Lotte World, they are good enough to round out a trip to the zoo.

For teens and adults, the Family Coaster is the only "exciting" ride in the park featuring plenty of loops and dips. Decked out with yellow rails and blue supports, it's easy to spot if only due to all the screams and cheers.

For younger or less excited crowds, there is a Merry-Go-Round, the Drop Tower and the Crazy Tower which drops riders from understandably nerve-wracking heights.

Be warmed, the rides here aren't for thrill seekers or expert riders. This part of the park really works best if you're looking to spend the rest of your time walking alongside the animals or through the botanical garden. Any adrenaline junkies should probably head elsewhere.

There is no admission fee to get into the park but each ride requires a ticket to ride.

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Children’s Grand Park Zoo - Children's Grand Park. Photo by Seoul Korea

Directions

The park is easy to get to either by Line No. 7 or Line No. 5. On Line No. 7, make your way to Children’s Grand Park Station and take exit No. 1. The main entrance is only a two-minute walk and it’s impossible to miss. Otherwise you can take Line No. 5 to Achasan Station and go through exit No. 4. This drops you off at the back gate of the park but it also gives you quicker access to the amusement park area where the rides are located.

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Author: bludreamers. Last updated: May 11, 2015

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Children’s Grand Park Zoo - Children's Grand Park. Photo by Seoul Korea

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Passeig - Children's Grand Park. Photo by Jordi Sanchez Teruel

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Children's Grand Park - Photo by Jordi Sanchez Teruel

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