What are Raccoons?
Raccoons are mammals native to North America. Most of the raccoons have an area of black fur around their eyes. Well for me, they look like rats that have the size of a cat.
How was your experience?
It was not my first time seeing some raccoons. I’ve seen them when I visited Everland. However, it was my first time to see raccoons out of their cages. They were moving freely around the cafe.
The admission fee costs 6,000 won. Just like any other animal-themed cafe, you have to take off your shoes and wear some slippers before entering. You also have to put your stuff inside a locker for safety.
You can order some coffee if you want. It’s a cafe anyway. Don’t worry it is cheap. Price starts at 2,000 won to 3,000 won. The menu is written in Korean, I didn’t have a hard time because I can read. I think the staff can speak a little English, you can ask them to translate for you.
The staff gave me a paper with a set of rules. Basically, it says don’t play with the raccoons. Keep your things in the locker. Don’t sit on the floor. (OMG! I sat just to have a picture. LOL) Don’t whistle or clap your hands. Lastly, if a raccoon comes close to you, keep your drink out of its reach.
I spent one hour there. I didn’t even buy a drink. Hahahaha! (I’m so cheap) I guess if you’ll buy a hot drink, it would be cold by the time you finish drinking it. The attention of the people was on the animals. I had a great time there doing Facebook live with my friends and followers.
If you’ll ask me if I’m going to go back there, my answer would be no. My experience was good but it’s not something I would want to do over and over again. It’s good if you want to have a close encounter with a raccoon.
PS. Don’t forget to bring your boyfriend! Kidding! I was surrounded by couples when I went there. I didn’t know that it’s a famous place for dating. LOL.
Where is the best time to visit them?
I went there after dinner. LOL. I think it’s best to visit them at night because they are nocturnal animals. They are more active at night. You wouldn’t want to go there just to see them sleeping.
How to go there?
Take the Seoul Subway Line 4 and get off at Hyehwa Station (exit 4). Make a left turn from the exit. It is located at the 5th floor of the CGV building. It’s above the Etude House.
Disclaimer: I don’t support animal cruelty. I think that these animals are well taken care of. I can see that the staff are very hands-on in taking care of them.