Wondang Horse Ranch
Points of Interest
Wondang Horse Ranch was originally built as a steeplechase stadium for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Post Olympics, it was transformed into a horse breeding and training center. It opened its gates to the public in 1997 and has become an enjoyable spot for those looking to escape from the big city of Seoul for a hour or two. Its scenic rolling hills and pastures create a landscape that is like nothing you'd expect to find in a place so close to Seoul.
There isn't much to actually do at Wondang Horse Ranch. The ranch is managed by the Korean Race Association, which also manages Let's Run Park. Their intent is not to attract tourists, and the ranch is managed and promoted accordingly. Save for a 10,000-won pony ride available to young children, there is not much that entertains visitors by design. However, because of its scenic setting, along with the opportunity to see beautiful horses up close and personal, it is still a great place to visit.
Summer (March - October) - 9:00 - 5:00
Winter (November - February) - 9:00 - 4:30
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok
Check out the Wondang Horse Ranch photo album to see more pictures.
Elsewhere on the Web
- Wondang Horse Ranch - by Geonggi-do
- Wondang Horse Ranch and Theme Park ZooZoo - by Kids Fun in Seoul
- Horse Training Center (Wondang Horse Ranch) - by Visit Korea
- Farms to greet you with plenty of green - by The Korea Times
- Pastures provide peace for horses and humans - by Korea JoongAng Daily
How To Get There
Where: Goyang-si, Deogyang-gu, Seosamneung-gil
It is best to visit Wondang Horse Ranch by car. It also makes for a good biking location. The road to the ranch is quite scenic. Be warned though, there is no bike lane. If you choose to bike, do so cautiously. It is a winding and hilly road, so drivers may not be able to see cyclists on the road to well.
From Samsong Station on Line 3, go out exit 5 and take bus 41. Get off at Seosamneung Entrance (서삼릉입구). The entrances to Seosamneung and Wondang Horse Ranch are immediately next to each other and share a parking lot. Parking is free, by the way.
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Posted November 23, 2015