Most people look to visit Busan for its beaches, shopping and its museums but Busan is also a great place to spend time among nature. One of the best kept secrets for locals is an area called Children’s Park. This local favorite is a great place to spend an entire day, but the highlight of this beautiful park is the newly re-designed zoo. Samjung The Park is a small zoo located in the heart of Busan’s Children’s park and it offers a fun and interesting way to spend the day with animals of the world.
A perfect spot for an entire day outdoors
The zoo is nestled in the center of Busan’s Children’s Park, which makes its location a great space to spend an entire day. The park is easily accessible by driving, taxi cab, or bus. If you drive, there is a large parking garage right next to the entrance of the park. The zoo itself is small and could most likely be completed in an hour or two. The surrounding location however offers a nearby temple, hiking trails through the beautiful mountains, and a small lake that is surrounded by an easy to use, wheelchair accessible walkway. The entire park is filled with picnic spots, a couple of different jungle gyms, small souvenir and food shops as well as beautiful sculptures and cute photo opportunity spots. The zoo, combined with the surrounding area would make a great full day of fun for couples or families with children.
Small zoo packs a punch
While the park is ideal for families traveling with children, this small but well-designed park has fun for all ages. Prices are: 19,000 KRW (about 18.50 USD) for adults, 17,000 KRW (16.50 USD) for teens, and 15,000 KRW (about 14.50 USD) for children ages 36 months to 12, under 36 months is free. During the summer months they are open late (until 9pm) and offer even cheaper ticket rates. There are two main sections of the park divided by a picnic area, maze and an intense ropes course. All the walkways are clean, large and wheel-chair accessible. The zoo offers not only animal viewing but a large playground complete with slides for both children and the children at heart. They also have a toy museum and multiple dining areas to enjoy a snack or lunch.
Interact with unique and interesting animals
The highlight of this zoo is the variety of ways you can to interact with animals. The zoo offers a full schedule of events to allow people visiting at any time of day to see something unique. There are daily feeding schedules and also meet and greets with different animals. Coati, a curious little south American raccoon-like creature wanders overhead along a rope bridge. During feeding time, you can reach up with treats and they will hang down and grab them from you. The most popular daily event is the “animal parade”. Where a parade of goats, sheep, pigs, and other animals are led free-range around the park for guest to interact with. If you visit in the off season, you may even get a chance to lead the herd around the park!
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The park offers many different events happening year round. Of course, the zoo is busiest in the spring and summer but during the winter season, the zoo offers different events and opportunities to entertain you even in the colder weather. Such events include: extra animal interactions and sheep herding demonstrations. Be sure to check out what might be offered during your trip!
Overall this park offers fun for anyone to enjoy. Explore the wild safari lands, spend time on the farm, let out your inner animal on the ropes course or jungle gym and spend a fun day enjoying the mountains and fresh air of this beautiful area. Close enough to the city to be easily accessible but still far enough away that you can enjoy nature.
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