On November 1, 1909, the first
zoo in Korea was established.
Korea's first zoo was built in Changgyeongwon during the Japanese colonial period on November 1, 1909.
It was built 36th in the world and 7th in the Orient.
At the time of its opening, the zoo had a total of 361 animals of 72 species, including 121 mammals of 29 species and 240 birds of 43 species.
The Cultural Heritage Management Bureau, which was in charge of Changgyeonggung at the time,
made plans to restore the palace and create Seoul Grand Park for the ever-increasing number of
visitors and animals to protect historic cultural properties.
Changgyeongwon Zoo 1910
60th anniversary of the opening of Changgyeongwon
Groundbreaking ceremony for Seoul Grand Park
Movement of animals from Changgyeongwon
Construction began in 1978,
On May 1, 1984, Seoul Grand Park opened in Gwacheon.
On November 1, 2009,
in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the zoo's opening,
The Ape Pavilion was remodeled and opened along with the 100th-anniversary plaza and the time capsule was buried.
Seoul Zoo began remodeling aging animal cages through preparing annual plans and has been striving to fulfill its role as a representative zoo of Korea by promoting exchanges internationally and by holding other international events.