Morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to Jeju and took a flight back to Seoul. We took the 11am flight, arriving Gimpo airport at around 12:30pm. We told Edison that our itinerary would be Everland theme park, and he was truly excited.
Everland is located outside Seoul, in a city called Yongin in Gyeonggi-do province. Our bus ride from Gimpo airport to Everland took about an hour. We had a quick lunch and arrived Everland at 2:30pm.
It was a shame that we only have 4 measly hours to spend at this beautiful and huge theme park. Everland is World’s seventh largest outdoor amusement park, and also the largest theme park in South Korea. It’s FIVE TIMES the size of our Universal Studios. Can you imagine how big it is?
It was opened in 1976, so the theme park is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. A rose festival is being held with a plethora of beautiful flowers. Despite its age, Everland still look very new, clean and well-maintained.
Everland is divided into different sections (as most theme parks are), but we didn’t move around strategically nor did we study the map beforehand due to time limitation. After a short introduction by our tour guide, we speed to those sections that we were most interested in – Zootopia (like a mini Safari), Magic Land (with attractions and rides for children), and European Adventure.
Zootopia is like a Safari where visitors can get very close to endangered animals such as tigers, lions, bears and many others. It houses and exhibits more than 2,000 animals of 201 species. Their latest additions includes a pair of giant pandas, which was a gift from China to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Magic Land, on the other hand, is like a dream-come-true for Edison. Built around the theme of Aesop’s fables with numerous attractions and rides for children, this section is perfect for families with young children. He had so much fun with the rides.
European Adventure brings visitors on a magical journey to Holland with dazzling colours of tulips, replica houses with Netherlands style of architecture, and also a windmill. It’s certainly a picturesque view not to be missed.
Everland is famous for its T-Express, a heart-pumping ride which is South Korea’s highest, fastest, and steepest roller coaster. It’s also a wooden roller coaster – South Korea’s first. And it is said to be the world’s fourth steepest, ninth fastest, fourth tallest, and sixth longest roller coaster. But, nope. I didn’t have the guts to go up there.
One more thing – you may not know about this. Everland theme park is owned by Samsung.
Here are some pictures taken at Everland.
We left the theme park at 6:30pm and spent the night at Yong Pyong All Seasons Resort (another 2 hours bus ride from Everland).
If you’re thinking of visiting Everland on your own, my recommended mode of transportation is to head to Gangnam Station in Seoul. Walk out at Exit 10 and take Bus 5002 to Everland. The frequency of the bus is 15 minutes from 6:20 a.m. to 23:00 p.m. and will take approximately 90 minutes to reach the bus parking lot of Everland.