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“Interesting But Spendy”

Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park
Ranked #11 of 157 things to do in Jeju
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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. 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I really did enjoy working my way through this maze. The entire area is beautifully put together and is the kind of place you just want to spend time in and enjoy. Unfortunately, uniqueness comes with a price. I thought nearly $5 per person was a little steep but it isn't every day you get to walk through a hedge maze. The maze itself is a lot of fun and is large enough to actually be a bit of a challenge. We met the owner and he is very friendly and interesting to talk to. I am glad we stopped here but, because of the price, I don't think I would do it again.

1  Thank KeithK906
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Looking for something different when touring through Jeju? Then this is a nice alternative. Manicured gardens with stunning hydrangeas abound in this most peaceful setting. Taking about 30-40 minutes to complete, it's an enjoyable time to try and navigate through the maze without a GPS! There's a shop (there's always a shop!) compete with souvenirs, drinks and ice creams - and there's a quite spot to sit and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy!

Thank SteveRhon
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This maze is right next to the lava caves and it offers kids to burn up those excess energy by going through this maze and reaching to its end to ring the bell. There is also a small garden of flowers for the family photographers to indulge in

3  Thank samoy75
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

My 10-year old and I had a great fun at the maze. The maze layout is challenging. The garden is beautiful and well-maintained. It is worth going and it is near to the Manjang cave anyway.

Thank Jalan2x
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

I think it was unfortunate that it rained the day we went. The grounds were muddy. The kids were having fun. The adults were grumpy.
Thankfully, we were prepared with umbrellas and raincoats. Still, the kids' shoes got all muddy and we had other places to go to after this. So, not the most pleasant of experiences. But to be fair, the maze is challenging enough to provide good fun for about an hour or so.

1  Thank allyrally
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