Closely located to the Manjanggul, Kimnyoung Maze Park(or Gimnyeong Maze Park) attracts numerous visitors from mainland and abroad. Originally planned and funded by Professor Frederic H. Dustin at Jeju National University, Gimnyeong Maze Park was later designed and developed by the world-famous Adrian Fisher Minotaur Maze Designs. Filled with the foliage from the all over the Asian regions, this unique maze has been maintained by Dr. Dunstan since 1987. Maze inside the Gimnyeong Maze Park depicts seven images, all incorporated. Followings are; a serpent, an object of worship on the island until the mid-70s; native horses of Jeju Island, brought by the Mongolians as far back as 1276; the ship, the Sparrowhawk, which was shipwrecked on the island in 1653 bringing Hendrick Hamel and his company of Dutch sailors to the Kingdom of Chosun; and dolmens which are relics from the Bronze Age. Three pedestrian overpass called ‘Gureum-Dari’ and an observatory can be found, providing popular photo-shoot sites for tourists. To get through the maze, one can choose among the four paths available. The whole trip only takes 5 minutes with a map, but it can take up to 20 minutes or more to reach the exit without a map. I visited the maze with my friend Fan.G and tried our best to find the way out without a map, eventually taking 25 minutes to get out, which means we were lost inside the maze for a while. [Explanation Courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization]

Forest just outside the maze
History of the Gimnyeong Maze Park Explained in Korean
Small-sized Mock Waterfall near the entrance
View of the maze park from the entrance
Flower Garden outside the maze
Narrow path inside the maze park. Basically, all the paths look the same

Just when I thought that I’ve almost arrived at the exit, there was one more overpass to take.

Pedesrian overpass to the exit, seen from the bridge on the other side
Entrance and the exit gate share the same path to the outside world

After few more minutes of wandering, we arrived at the pedestrian pass to the exit, and could ring a bell!

Bell hung on the pedestrian pass to the exit
Mock bridge seen from the pedestrian pass to the outside
Time to ring a bell and get out
Exit to the outside
Parking lot near the maze park

As Gimnyeong Maze Park is located right next to the Manjanggul Cave(5 minutes’ drive), many of the tourists who visit the maze are visitors of the Manjanggul. Finding a way out of maze might be harder than you think and can even be challenging. Wondering how the Alice in Wonderland must have felt while wandering for a way out? Then the choice of your next destination should be Kimnyoung Maze Park!

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