Exciting Cheongju Zoo

cheongju-zooEntrance gate area of the zoo


Cheongju Zoo is located in Cheongju City, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea.  The zoo is home to many species of animals, including lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, birds and reptiles.

Visitors can take part in various activities and learn more about the animals at this zoological park. With its educational programs and interactive exhibits, Cheongju Zoo strives to create a safe learning environment for all ages.

Aside from the animal attractions, the zoo also offers entertainment, such as a petting zoo and a mini-theme park. The Zoo is open daily from 8am to 6pm and admission is free for anyone under 3 years of age or over 65 years of age. 

The Zoo strives to be an example of sustainable development by operating in an eco-friendly manner. It is committed to preserving animal rights and welfare, training personnel in conservation practices, providing education about nature and the environment, and actively participating in species conservation programs.

Additionally, the Zoo works with organizations such as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other governmental entities to raise awareness on world environmental conservation. 

The Zoo also offers several educational programs for visitors of all ages. These programs provide an opportunity to learn about different species, their habitats, and other conservation topics.

Furthermore, the Zoo hosts many special events throughout the year which are designed to create awareness of animal rights issues and environmental protection. 

The Zoo is also home to a variety of attractions such as a petting zoo, animal shows, a 4-D Theater that gives visitors an immersive experience with wildlife, and the Zoo’s signature carousel ride. All of these attractions are designed to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit. 

Additionally, there are several gift shops where visitors can purchase souvenirs and other memorabilia related to their visit. 

Cheongju Zoo

The Cheongju Zoo in Cheongju City was inaugurated in 1997. This wild animal facility is initially used as a mountain training center.

The training center was for observing the ecology of various wild animals such as Siberian tigers. The facility was extended in 2000 to accommodate animals with a healthy environment to live.

Future expansions will include an Eco-friendly zoo, such as the Bird Theme Park. More extensions will consist of educational facilities through experiential viewing.

The educational facilities will come with various relaxing and convenient facilities that accommodate locals and interested guests.

Entrance Fees
Near the main gate of Cheongju Zoo, you will find a small structure with a window that issues tickets to get inside the facility.

Each age bracket has to pay according to the designated age rate. There will be fees for a child, teenager, soldier, and an adult.

Children: 400 Won per group (*of 20 or more)
Youth: 500 Won per group
Military: 800 Won (Individual); 600 Won (Group)
Adult: 1,000 Won (Individual), 800 Won (Group)

Business Hours
Opens in the morning and closes in the evening as below...
09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM

Cheongju Zoo Land is open to the public six days a week, and weekends, except on Mondays.

Also, the facility is closed on a few special holidays each year, such as on the 1st of January (New Year), and Chuseok Holidays (Harvest Holidays).

Getting to Cheongju Zoo

You can get to the facility either by private vehicle or public transports--taxi and bus.

By Taxi
Tell the taxi driver (mostly 'Ajussi'--Korean men) to bring you to Cheongju Land, where Cheongju Zoo is a part of the whole facility. Say "Cheongju Dongmulwon" at "Cheongju Land (or 랜드 Rendeo)" or ask somebody to write it in Korean for you (assuming you don't know how to read or write the language).

From Cheongju Downtown, it will take around 10 to 15 minutes only.

By Bus
From Cheongju Downtown, you can search the following bus numbers at a bus stop. Ask someone to give you the right direction. Here are the numbers...
832-1, 862-2, 863-1, 863-2.

Or, take a bus from Yaksu Terminal Route numbers: 861 ~ 864. The bus stops right at the Bus Stop of Cheongju Zoo.

By Private Car
You may use the following guide, which I sourced from the Korean website...

Cheongju IC → Chungbuk National University → Sangdang Park → Metropolitan Government → Myeongam Mineral Spring → Uam Children's Hall

Ochang IC → St. Mary's Hospital → Dongbu Bypass → Uam Children's Hall

Seocheongju IC → Heungdeok Bridge → Cheongju University → Sangdang Park → Samil Park → Uam Children's Hall

Aside from Cheongju Land, you can also explore Cheongju National Museum, which is located about a hundred meters from Cheongju Land.

Also, from Cheongju Zoo, you can take a bus from its Bus Stop for Sangdang Mountain Fortress, a famous old wall that used to protect locals from foreign invaders. It is excellent for light hiking and offers fantastic views of Cheongju City and surrounding areas of the province.

I hope this serves your search. Please, let me know should you have further questions or clarifications.

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