Attraction 122, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Gimnyeong Maze Park is special ?
Gimnyeong Maze Park (김녕미로공원) is located between the two major tourist destinations of Manjanggul Cave and Gimnyeongsagul Cave. It was designed by the world famous company Adrian Fisher Minotaur Maze Designs and funded by the life-time savings of an American Professor at Cheju National University, Frederic H. Dustin, whose love for Jeju has kept him on the island for 27 years. This unique maze park contains foliages from all over Asia and has been personally maintained by Dr Dunstan since 1987.
Gimnyeong Maze Park contains a maze that has seven images incorporated in it. The maze is in the shape of the Jeju Island, and its images that can be clearly seen from above include the following: a serpent, which was an object of worship on the island until the mid-70s; native horses of Jeju Island, which were brought there by Mongolians as far back as 1276; the ship, the Sparrowhawk, that was shipwrecked on the island in 1653 bringing Hendrick Hamel and his company of Dutch sailors to the Joseon Kingdom; and dolmens that are relics from the Bronze Age. All of these images are famous symbols or landmarks of Jeju Island.
What to explore at Gimnyeong Maze Park?
There are three skywalks called ‘gureum dari’ and an observatory, which are popular photo sites for tourists. They offer panoramic views of the entire maze. There are four ways to get through the maze from the entrance. If you use a map, it will take only 5 minutes, but without a map it’s a bit more difficult and can take up to 20 minutes. Some visitors have been known to spend up to 50 minutes lost in the maze before giving up and calling for help!
Gimnyeong Maze Park can entertain visitors for minutes or even hours (depending on how long you get through the maze and what other activities you plan to do there). For those who have more than enough time, a picnic by the park would be a great idea. You can also take a leisurely walk around the garden or sit for a while and soak in the sun or the cool breeze.
How to get to Gimnyeong Maze Park?
From Jeju International Airport take bus No. 100 and get off at the Intercity Bus Terminal (제주시외버스터미널). Then take a bus for Manjanggul Cave (만장굴행) and get off at the parking lot by the cave entrance (만장굴 입구). The trip will normally take 50 minutes.
From Jeju International Airport take bus No. 38 and get off at hamdeok-ri (함덕리). Take a bus for the East Coast (Dongilju 동일주) or catch the Eup-myeon Circulation Bus (읍면순환 버스) and get off at the parking lot in front of the Manjanggul Cave (만장굴입구). Walk along the old road leading to the cave for 15minutes.
- Nice to Feel Like A Kid Again...
- Great adventure and fun to get lost in there!
- Enjoy the maze on the way from Mangjang cave
- Great fun for all ages!
- Fun, amazing and detoxifying!
122, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
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“Nice to Feel Like A Kid Again...” I visited here with several work colleagues. We had a great time and laughed so much trying to make our way through this maze. Built by a westerner and former professor over a number of years, the time, planning and care that went into making the park are all quite easy to see and appreciate. It is beautiful there, very green and clean, and close to Manjang Caves, another iconic Jeju attraction. Negotiating the maze took us about 45 minutes...longer than we thought...but we laughed our way through it. Once you make it to the center, you can climb up to a platform and ring the "finder's bell." Great for photo ops. They also have some traditional Korean games just outside the end of the maze...fun to play if you never have. At the snack bars, they offer delicious Jeju-brand ice-cream. And as a BIG added bonus for my fellow cat-lovers, LOTS AND LOTS of mascot cats, belonging to the mazepark builder. He is now a retired gentleman, known for his affinity for cats; journalists and business persons who go to meet with him in his office are likely to find both his desk and his person draped with one or more of his uniquely colored cats...black, orange, brown, white and grey. A GREAT activity for families (although very young children may tire unless you take them in a stroller); couples; and colleagues...good team-building exercise: Who can lead us OUT of here? LOL You'll enjoy it.