Alpacas are native to South America, which is why I was surprised to learn that South Korea boasts an attraction called Alpaca World – where are these alpacas even from?? How did they end up in Korea??
Nonetheless, I’ve always found alpacas seriously adorable, which was why I signed up for the Klook package that included Alpaca World along with the transport to Nami Island and Petit France.
That being said, although Alpaca World is a large farm that spans across 110,000 square feet, it is also home to other types of animals such as deer, owls and foxes. It sits among forests and mountain valleys in Chuncheon, with an amazing view to offer:
Tbh I wasn’t too sure what to expect with alpacas, and was a little tickled by the following warning sign. Good to know that alpacas don’t like being touched on the butt!
They have a petting area at the entrance where you can go in to pet and feed the alpacas. I didn’t expect them to look so fierce – they just look that way, but their temperament is actually rather mild and meek. Also a heads-up: they poop quite a fair bit, so watch where you’re stepping!
You’d need to purchase some food if you’re keen on feeding the alpacas. It’s not too expensive, but the downside (or major draw, depending on which side you’re on) is that you’ll become an instant alpaca magnet. I feel like they were particularly hungry when we were time because it was still the early morning and not many visitors had arrived yet, so they were eagerly sticking their necks out and rushing towards us for food.
So interesting to see alpacas in different shapes and shades!! It can get quite scary though, especially when they are all clamouring for food from you and they start being competitive – that’s when they turn to spit at one other (I’m not even kidding) and you have to hope that you don’t get caught up in the crossfire.
Upon closer inspection, I think they just look fierce because their eyelashes are so long and droopy that they look like they’re squinting at you…
Alpaca World had a performance segment in the morning where they rounded up all the alpacas in the farm, got them to run down the hills, and swarm into the petting area for visitors to get up close and personal with so many of the furry animals. It was truly a spectacular feat to watch all and the fact that they even allow children to be part of this really just goes to show how gentle alpacas are. After about 30 minutes of feeding and petting up close, the keepers will round up all the alpacas again and get them to run back up the hill to their enclosure.
Unfortunately due to time constraints, we didn’t get the chance to fully explore the grounds and visit the other animals, which was quite disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing the fennec foxes ): Despite that, I really enjoyed my time at Alpaca World – it was a good getaway from the bustling city life and being in the company of so many cute alpacas was a refreshingly therapeutic experience.
10/10 would visit again to see the alpacas and the other animals too!
Address: 310 Pungcheon-ri, Hwachon-myeon Hongcheon-gun Gangwon-do
Admission: 15,000 won (age 3-64), free (age below 3), 12,000 (age 65 & above)
Walking with Alpaca: 10,000 won
Animal feeding experience: 1,000 won per cup