Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park

sign outside of Seoul Grand Park Zoo
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Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park was one of our favorite things we did in Seoul, South Korea.  The grounds were beautiful and clean, there was a large variety of animals, and plenty of play areas to keep the kids busy.

grounds at Seoul zoo

We visited the Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park a few days before we were granted custody of Eli.  The park is located on the southeast edge of Seoul and has its own subway stop.  We were excited to finally see of the beautiful Korean mountainside.

We were shocked how empty the park was!  We walked all over the place with ease, never waited in line for anything, and had unobstructed views of all the animals.  We rented a stroller for Ian (for less than $5 USD) and that was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c.  10/10 would recommend as the park is VERY hilly.  (Like… there is a ski-lift that will take you to the back of the park, hilly.)  I will forever be jealous of the bathrooms in Korea – they had the mom/kid toilets in the same stall here as well.  (Seriously so helpful as Ian decided to potty train on this trip.)

elephant at Seoul zoo

Speaking of bathroom situations… there were a few times when English translation would have come in handy, but luckily we got the gist of this situation from the drawing- haha!  Don’t get too close to the tapirs.

sign at Seoul zoo

The best part about the Seoul Zoo was definitely the playground areas for the kids.  Slides, climbing walls, jungle gyms for all ages.

playgrounds at Seoul zoo

There was this INSANE slide that was probably 50-60ft long.  After sending Ian, our three-year-old, down we noticed a sign that it was meant for 10-13yos.  Oops.  James went down it also and said he almost broke his hip- HA.  It was seriously intense and I don’t think there’s any way it would have been legal in the US.  For real, I could barely get the whole thing in one picture.

crazy long slide at Seoul Grand Park

My only complaint about the zoo was the lack of food options.  There were a few vending machines, one or two snack stalls, and a cafeteria with only Korean food.  If I had known that was the case I definitely would have packed our own meals.  That said, I did finally get my “Potato Tornado!”  (She asked if I wanted cheese, I was expecting like nacho cheese but it was cheese powder.  The end result was slightly sweet but yummy.)

potato tornado on a stick

There is also a Dunkin’ Donuts at the entrance to the park, so we stopped on our way out and enjoyed an American donut and cup of coffee as we walked back to the subway.  We never eat Dunkin Donuts at home (Team Krispy Kreme all the way) but after almost two full months in Korea we were getting pretty homesick.

Dunkin Donuts at Seoul Grand Park

I would definitely plan to spend all day here and make time to visit Seoul Land as well!

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