You might have heard about seeing deer in Nara Park, Japan, but did you know that you can see deer in Korea as well?
I actually didn’t know either until we looked at the route for the Jeju City Tour (different from the Jeju Golden Bus City Tour!) and saw Roe Deer Observation Center listed as one of the stops.
Roe Deer Observation Center, opened in August 2007, offers a place where you may observe and watch over 200 roe deer romping around the field. Also, the park has a theatre in which you may learn about the life of a roe deer. Moreover, a wide variety of programs are offered to the visitors including eco-life experience program and feeding roe deer. City Tour Bus program is also available for those who wish to take a tour around the park on a bus.
“Romping around the field” is a bit of a far-stretch because all the deer we saw were lazing around. Maybe it was because it was in the afternoon, and they were all having food coma from lunch?
It actually looks like it’s glaring at me o__o
A young one! So cute ~
We didn’t see as many as 200 deer, but maybe it was because we didn’t pay to buy food to feed the deer, so they just weren’t interested in coming to us. There weren’t many visitors at the observation center as well, just a few families with young children.
Besides looking at the deer lazing around, you can also learn more about roe deer through exhibits in the center. There is also a theatre that plays a documentary on roe deer’s life in the center – it was quite informative but looked a tad old and outdated.
We didn’t spend a lot of time here – 2 hours should be sufficient for a good tour around the place. In fact, I think it would be better to visit this center in autumn or winter instead of summer because the grounds will be covered in fallen leaves or snow, which looks extra scenic – almost like a scene out of Bambi!
Summer (March-October): 09:00-18:00
Winter (November-February): 09:00-17:00
※ Last admission: 1hr before closing
※ Subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Address: 520, Myeongnim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 제주시 명림로 520 (봉개동)
From Jeju International Airport, take Bus 300 or 38 to Dongmun Rotary (동문로터리).
– Transfer to Bus 1 and get off at Jeolmul Recreation Forest (절물자연휴양림).
– Roe Deer Observation Center is about 500m away from the bus stop.
* Bus 1 Information (Departure point: Dongmun Rotary)
07:57, 10:39, 11:30, 13:00, 13:45, 16:15, 17:15, 19:15
(* Bus schedules are subject to change)