The Pyongyang Zoo, otherwise Known as the Pyongyang Central Zoo, is located at the western foot of Mount Taesong in Pyongyang near the Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery.
Pyongyang Zoo History
Constructed in 1959 the zoo is the DPRK’s national and biggest zoo. The zoo features many animals gifted by foreign leaders, such as an elephant from Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam, and a Jindo dog from Kim Dae-Jung of South Korea. The underwent extensive renovations to modernize the facilities in 2016.
The zoo has eight halls and 37 houses for animals, including those for reptiles, monkeys, dogs, wild beasts, elephants, giraffes and dwarf horses. The zoo covers an area of 100 hectares an features over 10,000 animals and over 800 species from all over the world.
Located in the same spot as the zoo is Pyongyang’s Natural History Museum.
Can you visit the Pyongyang Zoo?
Yes, it is possible to visit the zoo but, it is not often visited on our groups to North Korea, but it is certainly possible to arrange on an Independent tour of the country.
A visit to the zoo takes approximately 2-3 hours and is an excellent place to mingle with local North Koreans who are enjoying their time off
The Pyongyang Zoo costs 2 Euros for an entry per person and can be paid on the spot.
- The zoo also breeds and sells domesticated animals such as dogs and cats that are for sale to the people of Pyongyang. Pet ownership while still uncommon, has gone up quite a bit in the last few years. The zoo also has an onsite veterinary whos services are open to the general public.
- Upon the re-opening of the zoo in 2016 headlines were made when it became known that there was a monkey in the zoo who infamously would light up cigarettes in front of tourists. The monkey has since quit smoking.
- There is a section of the zoo full of animals presented to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il by Jonas Wahlström who was the director of the Skansen Zoological Garden in Sweden. In the gift animal house, there are over 80 species of animals.
- There have been more than 300 species of animals donated by foreign heads of state to the Pyongyang Zoo mostly from other socialist states.
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