Simply put, another supersized zoo meets amusement park surrounded by nature – Korean style. Not sure this is what I’d recommend culture addicts roaming Korea for local experience but if you’re already in the area to visit the nearby parks and museums (e.g. National Museum of Contemporary Art) or you’ve got kids, then this would be a good place to spend half a day. I’ve had neither, so I’m still not sure what I was doing there.

 

So what do we have?  animals? ofcourse! we’re in a zoo! cable cars? long and high, just the way we like’em. Botanical gardens? check, but that whole mountain area scenery is gorgeous. Seems like we’ve got everything we need for some kiddy fun.

 

So, being in a zoo and all, let’s just go through the obvious animal captures…

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo 

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

 

 

Special? hmm… not really. Where’s my Kimchi eating bear? Actually, strike that, I already feel generally uncomfortable with the notion of animals caged for my entertainment, but I gotta say that the Koreans atleast seem to provide them with a space that they probably wouldn’t enjoy in many other zoos.

 

Want some of the cable car scenery? Here you go… I was there on a weekday and it was dead EMPTY.

 

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo 

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Oh, no, wait! some kids! finally, my people!

 

Alright, and now for the main reason why we came here in the first place… the museum.

 

But, sadly, no photos allowed inside. And after chasing all the animals around with my camera, I was already too tired to admire magnificent works of contemporary art, which I usually don’t get anyhow.

 

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

 

Inside, the only thing that is permitted shooting, is this very famous artwork…

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

Seoul Grand Park : Zoo

 

I stand in awe!



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Love your website!
 
Many people have mentioned that this zoo should be one of the best zoo in Asia other than Singarpore. But how about Taipei zoo? Could you tell the differences between them?

Thank you!

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I have tres strong opinions about the whole zoo business, but almost always keep my mouth shut – simply because I know what a giant hypocrite I am…… aye

That’s Nam Joon Baek (or Paik)’s work, if you recall from your visit 😉 not that I “get” his work but he’s very cool…

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