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Summer retreats in the city!

Photo credit: Onemount

One of the first things people think of when summer comes to mind is going to the beach or playing in the water, whether it is at a river, lake, or beach. The one thing hard to do, however, is experience those things within a city or urban area. This article will introduce Korea’s top water parks designed to let you get your fill of water fun without having to leave town, and others great for overnight trips.

Water parks in Seoul and metropolitan area

Caribbean Bay

Photo credit: Everland

Caribbean Bay, a water park located just outside of Seoul in the city of Yongin, holds the titles of both the first and largest water park in the country. Caribbean Bay can accommodate up to 20,000 people, and has five themed zones that include indoor pools, outdoor pools, spas, water rides, water slides, and many other amusement facilities.

The most popular attraction at the water park is the wave pool, where the waves get as high as 2.4 meters. Ahead of Caribbean Bay’s 20th anniversary, it has opened up a new slide called Mega Storm, complete with an 18-meter-diameter funnel slide at the end. As exhilarating as a roller coaster, this slide will give you a full minute of intense adrenaline rush that you can’t get anywhere else.

  • ☞ Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • ☞ Directions:
  • 1. Subway
  • Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line Subway), Exit 3
  • Use the free shuttle bus to reach the entrance (travel time: approx. 10 min.).
  • 2. Bus
  • Take bus 5002 from Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) and get off at Everland Station. Use the free shuttle bus to reach the entrance.
  • 3. Everland Circular Bus
  • There is a regular bus that stops at major points in Seoul. It takes about 1 hour to reach Everland and seats should be reserved at least a day in advance. Return tickets are 12,000 won.
  • Inquiries: +82-32-322-7001 (Korean, English)
  • Bus Stops for Everland Circular Bus
  • Seogyo Hotel - 09:00
  • Hongdae Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Airport Line), Exit 4 - 09:05
  • City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 5 – 09:30
  • Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Exit 11 – 09:50
  • Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 – 09:10
  • Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 12 – 09:40
  • Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 10 – 09:10
  • Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2 – 09:30
  • Euljiro 4 (sa)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 5), Exit 10 – 09:40
  • ※ Times are subject to change depending on conditions and circumstances. Bus departs from Everland at 18:30.
  • ☞ Operation Hours: 08:30-19:00
  • ※ Hours vary on certain days between indoor and outdoor facilities. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 42,000-92,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to season, time, and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-31-320-5000 (English, Korean, Chinese)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.everland.com/web/caribbean (English, Japanese, Chinese)

Onemount Waterpark

Photo credit: Onemount

Onemount Waterpark in Gyeonggi-do’s Ilsan is a four-story structure with a seven-story rooftop that lets visitors look down on the various slides and attractions in the park, as well as the nearby Ilsan Lake Park. Most of the attractions for children are on the 4th level, and rides for adults are located higher on the 7th floor.

One of the most popular rides is Sky Boomerango, a 20-meter-high ride with tubes for two people to shoot down then back up again, then finally plunging into a water pool at the end. In addition, the next-door attraction Cola Ride is another must for thrill-seekers, which will give you an unforgettable memory of free falling thanks to its near-vertical 10-meter-high slide.

  • ☞ Address: 300 Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • ☞ Directions:
  • Juyeop Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 4. Walk straight out of the exit (south) for about 15 minutes and the facility will be on the right.
  • ☞ Operating Hours: Weekdays 10:00-19:00 / Weekends 10:00-20:00
  • ※ Hours vary on certain days between indoor and outdoor facilities. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 30,000-50,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: waterpark.onemount.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Sealala Waterpark

Photo courtesy: Sealala Spa & Water Park

Located in Mullae-dong of Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Sealala Spa & Water Park is a place where Seoulites can enjoy water fun any time of the year. Although it is not as big as other water parks in Korea, it boasts an exotic Greece-themed décor and offers easy access, as it is directly connected to the subway.

The place is famous for a 140-meter-long thematic current pool, a beach pool where visitors can splash around, and a 30-meter waterslide. It’s also an entertaining place for kids to play, as it has a piano fountain and slides at Aqua Kidsland, a play area for children.

  • ☞ Address: SK Leader’s View 2F 164 Mullae-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
  • ☞ Directions: Mullae Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5. Walk east from the exit about 400 m.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00 – 19:00
  • ※ Sauna and 24-hour jjimjilbang (Korean sauna) admission paid separately.
  • ☞ Admission fee: Adults 22,000 – 27,000 won
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Homepage: www.sealala.com (Korean only)

Termeden

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Historically frequented by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, the hot springs of Icheon are well known for their excellent water quality. Located in this famed hot spring city of Icheon, Termeden is a hot spring resort complex that is popular for its high-quality water and luxurious facilities.

Though the park has various pools, spas, and slides, one of the most famous attractions at Termeden is the Bade Pool, along with a water slide and a water bucket for children. The themed hot spring pools are highly recommended, since the added natural ingredients of each spa (ginseng, rice, honey, etc.) are said to provide various unique health benefits.

  • ☞ Address: 988 Sasil-ro, Moga-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • ☞ Directions:
  • Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal bound for Icheon Bus Terminal (Fare: 4,700 won / Time: approx. 1 hr 20 min).
  • Take a free shuttle bus to Termeden in front of the Standard Chartered bank just southwest of Icheon Bus Terminal. (Time: approx. 15-20 min). Or, take a taxi to Termeden.
  • ☞ Operating Hours: 09:00-20:30
  • ※ Hours vary on certain days between indoor and outdoor facilities. Please check details from the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 17,000-34,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.termeden.com (Korean, English)

Woongjin Playdoci

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Woongjin Playdoci, a very unique indoor theme park, is located not far from Seoul in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. In addition to having basic water facilities, Woongjin Playdoci, which is the central area of the venue, includes event pools decorated in themes of different countries and hot spring pools scented with natural ingredients.

For those of you who spend a lot of time on your feet every day, make sure to hit the foot bath, which is perfect for improving blood circulation and helping ease fatigue. There's also plenty for children to do (wave pool, lazy river, water rides, and more) while the adults pamper themselves with a water jet massage in the Bade Pool at the Spa Zone.

  • ☞ Address: 2 Jomaru-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • ☞ Directions:
  • Samsan Gymnasium Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 1. Walk straight from the exit (southeast) for about 650 meters.
  • ☞ Operating Hours: 10:00-21:00
  • ※ Hours vary according to facility. Please check the website to confirm prior to visiting.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 29,000-46,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.playdoci.com (Korean, English)

Beat the heat with overnight trips to these rural waterparks!

Resom Spa Castle (Chunchunhyang)

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Resom Spa Castle represents one of Korea's hot spring theme parks, thanks to the widespread fame of its therapeutic Germanium-rich water, which is maintained at 49°C. Located in Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, Resom Spa Castle's hot spring facility Chunchunhyang is open all year round.

Looking for a thrill? Try the water park's famous water slides: the Master Blaster and the Speed Slide, both exhilarating rides that propel you down a three-story water chute in just four seconds. For some fun that's slightly less intense, check out the outdoor hot spring water park facilities and over twenty open-air pools and tubs.

  • ☞ Address: 45-7 Oncheondanji 3-ro, Deoksan-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
  • ☞ Directions (Seoul → Resom Spa Castle (Chunchunhyang)): Take a direct express bus from Seoul Nambu Terminal to Yesan Bus Terminal (Fare: 7,600 won / Time: approx. 2 hrs).
  • Take a taxi after exiting the bus terminal (approx. 31 min).
  • ☞ Operating Hours: Weekdays 06:00-20:00 / Weekends 06:00-21:00
  • ※ Hours are subject to change. Please check the official website prior to visiting.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 28,000-48,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.resom.co.kr (Korean only)

Seorak Waterpia

Photo credit: Seorak Waterpia

Seorak Waterpia is the most popular destination on the East Coast. With the stunning scenery of Seoraksan Mountain serving as a beautiful backdrop, this place offers the latest in water amusement facilities and hot spring water spas.

If you are looking for fun and thrills, check out the water slides and wave pools. Popular rides in this action-packed park include World Alley, a 260-meter-long water slide with a sharp drop and a 360-degree turn, Torrent River, a water rapids ride, and Family Raft.

  • ☞ Address: 88 Misiryeong-ro 2983-beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions (Seoul → Seorak Waterpia):
  • 1. Take an express bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Sokcho Terminal (Fare: 17,300 won / Time: approx. 2.5 hrs).
  • Take a taxi after exiting the bus terminal (approx. 17 min).
  • 2. Take an express bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line) to Sokcho Express Bus Terminal (Fare: 18,100 won / Time: approx. 2.5 hrs).
  • Take a taxi after exiting the bus terminal (approx. 17 min).
  • 3. Seorak Hanwha Resort Circular Bus
  • There is a regular bus that stops at major points in Seoul. The seats should be reserved at least 2 days in advance, and before 5 p.m. One way tickets are 17,000 won and return tickets are 32,000 won.
  • Inquiries: +82-2-2201-7109 (Korean, English)
  • Bus Stops for Seorak Hanwha Resort Circular Bus
  • Jamsil Sports Complex Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 9), Exit 7
  • Walk straight for 100 m to reach the bus stop. The bus exterior is purple and marked with the letters “KD”.
  • The bus departs at 09:30 (only once per day).
  • ※ Hours are subject to change. Bus returns at 14:20 from Seorak Hanwha Resort.
  • ☞ Operating Hours: 10:00-20:30
  • ※ Hours are subject to change. Please check the official website prior to visiting.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 30,000-60,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.hanwharesort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Vivaldi Park Ocean World

Photo credit: Vivaldi Park Ocean World

Vivaldi Park Ocean World is situated among the beautiful ancient forests of Hongcheon in Gangwon-do. The water park has an Egyptian theme throughout, and contains replicas of the Sphinx, pyramids, obelisks, and other decorative touches. Divided into various “zones” — Indoor Zone, Wave Pool Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and the Mega Slide Zone — each section of the water park offers a different kind of amusement.

The Indoor Zone has various pools and slides, a jjimjilbang (Korean-style sauna), and a therapy center. In the Extreme Zone, people can enjoy waves as high as 2.4 meters. The Dynamic Zone is also filled with many thrilling attractions, including the popular 300-meter-long Monster Blaster slide, the 6-person Super Boomerango slide, and many more.

  • ☞ Address: 262 Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions (Seoul → Vivaldi Park Ocean World):
  • Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Vivaldi Park (Palbongsan Mountain) (Fare: 6,800 won / Time: approx. 1 hr 10 min).
  • ☞ Operating Hours: Weekdays 09:00-19:00 / Weekends 08:30-20:00
  • ※ Hours are subject to change. Please check the official website prior to visiting.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 45,000-55,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.daemyungresort.com

Gimhae Lotte Water Park

Photo credit: Gimhae Lotte Water Park

Opened on May 2014, Gimhae Lotte Water Park is one of Korea’s biggest water parks. Located in Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Gimhae Lotte Water Park features custom-designed, Polynesian-themed waterslides and pools, such as an outdoor wave pool (135 m), indoor wave pool (35 m), and a huge funnel slide, among other attractions.

  • ☞ Address: 555 Jangyu-ro, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • ☞ Directions (Seoul → Gimhae Lotte Water Park):
  • 1. From Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line), take a bus to Jangyu Passenger Terminal (Fare: Regular 22,400; Premium 33,300 won / Time: 4 hrs 40 min). The water park is about a 20-min taxi ride from the terminal.
  • 2. About 33 minutes by taxi from Gimhae International Airport
  • ☞ Operating Hours: 10:30-20:00
  • ※ Hours are subject to change. Please check the official website prior to visiting.
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 47,000-55,000 won
  • ※ Fees vary according to time and period of use. Please check the official website to confirm.
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Website: www.lotteworld.com/waterpark (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Last updated on June 19, 2015

* This column was last updated on June 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.
 

Date   06/24/2015



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