BUSAN, South Korea — ‘The Park,’ Busan’s only local park and zoo, officially opened yesterday, and will be open to the public from this morning. It is located in the former Children’s Grand Park in Cho-eup, Busanjin-gu (district).
The Park has 15 animal buildings containing almost 430 animals of 123 species in its five zones which include a walking safari, a central square and a kid’s land in the 84,000 square meter area.
The zoo, which has been in the city’s plans for 10 years, has come under criticism from residents for its high admission prices. Admission to the park is 19,000 won for adults, 17,000 won for teenagers and 15,000 won for children, much higher than the zoo’s in Seoul and Daejeon which run between 3,000 to 12,000 won. Basic signage around the park is in English, though in-depth descriptions of animals are only in Korean. There is also currently no English website for the zoo.
The zoo avoided delaying its scheduled opening as it faced many problems during its setting up of the facility including slow hutch construction and securing animals.
The Park Details
Hours of Operation:
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. September – May
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. June – August
Web: www.samjungthepark.com (Korean only)
Admission: 19,000 won (adults) 17,000 won (age 13-18) 15,000 won (children over 3 and seniors)
Additional packages are available for the 4D movie experience.
Bus Service: Number 33,44,54,81,83-1,133