Everland Theme Park is, according to my tour guide, the largest theme park in South Korea. It boasts a main theme park that includes a mini zoo called Zoo Topia where animals are kept and bred in captivity. The theme park is only a small part of the Everland franchise with Caribbean Bay ( a water theme park), Home Bridge ( guest lodgings ), Ho-Am Art Musuem and Glenn Ross Golf Club making up the rest of it.
Everland Theme Park is about 2 hours drive from Seoul. For those who wish to get there by car, I recommend departing
early in the morning to avoid traffic jams and competing with large crowds of other tourists on rides especially the more popular ones like the roller coasters. I left my hotel ( I stayed at the Lotte World Hotel in Jamsil by the way ) and was on route by 8 am. The reason for this is that the theme park opens at 10 am and getting there early will allow us to beat the crowd and queues for entrance tickets.
Ticket prices are shown here. The One Day Pass like the one my family and I got includes unlimited admission to all of Everland’s rides. They also have annual passes for those who frequently visit Seoul or for those who are living in Seoul. Their admission tickets are for those above 36 months of age so if you have children younger than 36 months, the tickets you purchase for your children can only be used for Kids Only Attractions. Please check with their staff if you feel unsure which attractions you are able to ride with your child.
Families with young children will be happy to know that there is a new playground for kids called Kizcovery where children below 125cm tall can run around in an enclosed playground while their parents can relax while watching over them at the Kizcovery Snack cafe. It says on the brochure that reservations are required so to be on the safe side, call them up 2-3 days in advance just in case. Admission fees are 5000 won although it is free for One Day Pass or Annual Pass Holders. It is also free for those with children less than 12 months.
As for festivals, Everland typically has four major festivals held throughout the year.
1. Happy Halloween & Horror Nights festival : September – October
2. Winter Wonderland : November-February
3. Tulip Festival : March – April
4. Rose Festival : May – June
I happened to visit during their Rose Festival. Honestly, I have never seen so many roses in my life! The place was heavenly, something I would expect from a fairytale book and the sheer variety of roses is mind boggling. Since I went during the summer, the place was a little hot but there are mist tunnels where they spray cooling mist onto passerby’s so it wasn’t so bad.
When it comes to rides, their rollercoaster called T-rex is without a doubt the most popular ride in the entire park. It is a wooden rollercoaster that boasts the steepest dive in all of Asia. The queue for this rides can be really long if you are unlucky as there are those that ride this particular rollercoaster again and again. Another reason why this rollercoaster is popular is because it was featured in a particular Korean drama.
As for their Zootopia, I must say I am impressed with their zoo especially their safari, which I think is their main highlight closely followed by their petting zoo. Their safari includes white tigers ( which I have never seen before in my life), lions, hyenas and bears. There was one bear that stood up and walked alongside our safari bus! It was amazing!
Those who wish to visit Seoul, please try and take the time to go to Everland Theme Park. It really is a lovely park, perfect for a family’s day out.