Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park is actually located in Gyeonggi-do just south of Seoul. Seoul Grand Park is a huge complex and you can find Seoul Zoo, lots of green land, Seoul Modern Museum of Art and Seoul Land. Seoul land is Korea’s first ever theme park that opened in 1988 just before the Seoul Olympics. Korea’s first Zoo was opened by the Japanese under Korea’s Japanese occupation at Changgyeonggung Palace and any animals that survived were still at the Palace until the 1980’s when they were moved to Seoul Zoo and Changgyeonggung Palace was restored.
Seoul zoo is one of the biggest zoos in the world and there is a lot to see including the Botanical Gardens / Rose Gardens. The zoo is broken up into different sections that follow the different continents such as Africa, Asia, America etc. There are over 3,000 animals at Seoul Zoo and over 350 different species. There is so much to see at Seoul Zoo that you could easily spend the day looking around at everything. Children especially love Seoul Zoo as there are a lot of petting areas and shows everyday. For a map of the zoo in English with Show times, click here.
Opening Hours / Admission
Summer: (March ~ October) : 09:00 am ~ 19:00 pm
Winter: (November ~ February) : 09:00 am ~ 18:00 pm
Night: (July 17th ~ August 31st) : 09:00 am ~ 22:00 pm
Entrance to the Zoo
Adult (19+): 3,000 won
Youth (13 – 18): 2,000 won
Child (6 – 12): 1,000 won. Under 6 is free.
Botanical Gardens and Dolphin show cost extra.
How to get to Seoul Zoo:
Take line 4 to Seoul Grand Park station and leave exit 2. Follow the map below.
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