Seoul Grand Park
|Seoul Grand Park|
Seoul Grand Park Zoo, 2015
|Revised Romanization||Seoul Dae Gongwon|
|McCune–Reischauer||Sŏul Dae Kongwŏn|
Facilities at Seoul Grand Park include hills and hiking trails, Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Children's Zoo, a rose garden, Seoul Land amusement park, and the Seoul Museum of Modern Art.
The attractions all have separate admission fees. Line 4 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway stops at Seoul Grand Park Station. A free shuttle bus from the station visits the art museum and upper park entrance.
Seoul Grand Park Zoo
Seoul Grand Park Zoo, first zoo in the Korean peninsula, was created in 1909 by the Japanese in the former royal palace of Changgyeongung, which was under the changed name of Changgyeongweon. The zoo opened on Nov. 1, 1909 with Siberian tigers, kangaroos, ostriches, camels, orangutans, and other animals.
Towards the end of World War II the Japanese needed both manpower and steel for weapons[clarification needed], and gave orders to kill the animals in the zoo, poisoning 150 animals. Animals that survived this had to also survive the end of the war, when all the remaining zookeepers fled the zoo. The zoo was maintained by the South Korean government at Changgyeongweon until 1984 when it was relocated to its current site in Makgyedong, Gwacheon.
A capybara at the zoo at Seoul Grand Park
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