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7 Recommended Water Parks in Korea

7 Recommended Water Parks in Korea

Photo credit: Caribbean Bay

As summer temperatures rise day by day, more and more people across the nation are searching for ways to have fun and cool off. With their giant wave pools, thrilling water slides, myriad of pools and new facilities every year, water parks in Korea are some of the best places to go to escape the summer heat and have a blast with friends and family. A distinguishing feature of Korea's water parks are the hot spring pools, which are said to be good for health and beauty. The added bonus of Korea's traditional hot spring culture allows visitors to relax and recharge after an action-packed day of rides.

1. Perfect Day Trips- Water parks just a stone's throw from Seoul

Caribbean Bay


Photo credit: EverlandCaribbean Bay is Korea's largest water park and is particularly popular thanks to its convenient location at the Everland Theme Park complex on the outskirts of Seoul in Yongin. Caribbean Bay can accommodate up to 20,000 people and has five different themed zones that include indoor pools, outdoor pools, spas, water rides, water slides, and many other amusement facilities. The most popular attractions at the water park are the Wave Pool, where the waves get as high as 2.4 meters and the new Aqua Loop, which is an intense body slide where you plummet down an 18-meter vertical drop, shoot through a 360-degree turn, and reach heart-pounding speeds of up to 90km/h. Also, there are modern sauna facilities and various types of hot spring pools for visitors to relax at Caribbean Bay.

Hours of operation (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

☞ Admission fees

  Gold Season
(7/5~8/24)
High Season
(6/28~7/4)
Adults & Teens Children Adults & Teens Children
All day 70,000 55,000 55,000 43,000
Half day
(14:30~)
60,000 46,000 45,000 35,000

* Dates and fees are subject to change

☞ Convenience facilities
Restaurant (Korean, Western, fusion, etc.), souvenir shops, nap rooms for children, storage lockers, medical room, etc.

☞ Transportation
•Seoul to Yongin
Take a bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line)
(Travel time: 50min / First bus: 06:30, last bus 22:10 / Intervals: 20-30min / Fare: 2,900 won)

•Yongin to Everland
Take Bus 5700 (30min intervals) or 5002 (15min intervals) from the front of Hotel Cinema, which is located across the street from Yongin Bus Terminal (Travel time: 30min / Fare: 2,100 won)

• Giheung Station (Seoul Subway Bundang Line) to Everland Station (Yongin EverLine)
With the opening of the Yongin Light Rail Transit (Yongin EverLine) in April, 2013, it is now possible to get from Seoul to Everland using the rapid transit system (Travel time: 30min/ Fare: 1,600 won, transfer discount does not apply).

Tip: Take a shuttle bus directly from Seoul!
Shuttle buses operate between Everland and major locations in Seoul (Travel time: about 1 hr/ Round-trip fare: 12,000 won). Reservations must be made by phone at least one day in advance.
Shuttle bus reservations: +82-32-322-7001 (Korean, English, Japanese)

Seoul Departure Locations & Times

Seoul Departure Locations & Times
In front of Hotel Seokyo 09:00
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 5 09:30
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Exit 11 09:40
Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 6 10:00

Bus leaves from Everland at 18:30 to return to Seoul.
*Departure times are subject to change

☞ More info

• Caribbean Bay
• Webpage: http://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/main.html(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Icheon Termeden


Photo credit: TermedenHistorically 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 tame 30-meter-wide Bade Pool with various underwater massage jets that effectively ease fatigue, stress, and help muscles relax. In 2011, Termeden added to the fun with an addition of a water slide and a water bucket for children.

The themed hot spring pools are also highly recommended, since the added natural ingredients of each spa (ginseng, rice, honey, etc.) are said to provide different unique health benefits. Termeden also has a forest walking path, a park, and an eco-pond, which is also fed by natural hot spring water.

☞ Hours of operation
Gold season (July 12–18/ August 18–31): 08:00–20:00
High season (July 19 – August 17): 08:00–21:00
*The schedule above is based on the hours of the outdoor bath pool. The operating hours may vary by facility.

☞ Admission fees

  Gold Season
(7.12~18 / 8.18~31)
High Season
(7/19~8/17)
Weekdays Weekends & national holidays  
All day Adults & Teens 40,000 44,000 50,000
Children 30,000 34,000 40,000
Half day
(15:30~ )
Adults & Teens 24,000 26,400 30,000
Children 18,000 20,400 24,000

Dates and fees are subject to change

☞ Convenience facilities
Food court (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, fusion food), cafeteria, children's playroom, therapy massage parlor, fitness club, medical room, internet café (PC bang), convenience stores, etc.

☞ Transportation
• Seoul to Icheon
- Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal
(Travel time: 1hr 20min/ First bus: 06:10, last bus 23:00/ Intervals: 20min/ Fare: 4,700 won)
- Take a bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line)
(Travel time: 1hr / First bus: 06:30, last bus 22:30/ Intervals: 20-30min/ Fare: 4,700 won)

• Icheon to Termeden
- Take the free shuttle bus in front of Standard Chartered Bank, which is located across the street from Icheon Bus Terminal (Travel time: 15min)
- Shuttle bus schedule

Icheon Bus Terminal to Termeden 08:10/ 09:20/ 10:20/ 11:20/ 13:00/ 14:20/ 15:20
Termeden to Icheon Bus Terminal 12:40/ 14:00/ 15:00 17:30 18:30 19:30

☞ More info

• Icheon Termeden
Webpage: http://www.termeden.com (Korean, English)

Woongjin Playdoci


Photo credit: Woongjin PlaydociWoongjin Playdoci, a very unique indoor theme park, is located not far from Seoul in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. In addition to having a water park, driving range, fitness club, and Korea's first indoor ski slope, Woongjin Playdoci also has an Aqua Bar in the spa area where you can have a refreshing drink while relaxing in the pool. Other unusual facilities include event pools decorated in themes of different countries and hot springs pools scented with natural ingredients. For those of you who spend a lot of time on your feet each 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. In July 2012, Woongjin Playdoci expanded its facilities by opening the new outdoor water park and spa to cater to visitors who enjoy outdoor fun.

☞ Hours of operation
10:00–23:00 (~8/18)/ 10:00–21:00 (8/19~)
*Operating hours are subject to change

☞ Admission fees

  Gold Season
7.12~8.31
All day Adults & Teens 60,000
Children 50,000
Evening
(16:00~)
Adults & Teens 45,000
Children 35,000

☞ Convenience facilities
Food court, aqua bar (beverages), medical center, storage lockers, etc

☞ Transportation
• Seoul to Woongjin Playdoci
- Samsan Gymnasium Station (Subway Line 7), Exit 1 – Walk straight ahead for 650 meters (about a 10-min walk)

☞ More info

• Woongjin Playdoci
• Webpage: http://www.playdoci.com/eng/Index.aspx (Korean, English)

Resom Spa Castle


Photo credit: Resom Spa CastleResom Spa Castle is one of Korea's most representative hot spring theme parks, thanks to the widespread fame of its healthy 49°C Germanium water. Located in Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, Resom Spa Castle's hot spring facility, Chunchunhyang is open all year round, providing guests with outdoor, hot spring water park facilities and over twenty open-air pools and tubs.

Looking for a thrill? Try the water park's famous water slides: the Master Blaster and the Speed Slide, an exhilarating ride where in you'll race down a three-story water shoot in just four seconds. For some fun that's slightly less intense, check out the roaring rapids of the Torrent River wave pool, or relax in the open-air pool zone by trying out the Hinoki pool, couples' pool, blueberry pool, apple wine pool, or the aqua bar.

☞ Hours of operation
09:00–21:00 (outdoor/indoor spa), 09:00–20:00 (pools) 10:00–18:00 (water slides)
*Hours may vary by facility.

☞ Admission fees

  High Season
7.1~7.17 / 8.18~8.31
Gold Season
7.18~8.17
All day Adults & Teens 57,000 62,000
Children 42,000 42,000
Half day
(17:00~)
Adults & Teens 34,200 37,200
Children 25,200 25,200

Dates and fees are subject to change.

☞ Convenience facilities
Restaurants (Korean, Western, fast food, etc), Sports Bar (light meal, drinks, alcohols), gift shop, PC center, kids' café, etc.

☞ Transportation
• Seoul to Resom Spa Castle
- Take a direct express bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line) (Travel time: 2hr/ Interval: 5 times a day/ Departure times: 07:10, 10:10, 14:10, 17:10, 20:30/ Premium bus fare: 10,700 won)
- From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take a bus to Yesan Bus Terminal (Travel time: 2hr 25min/ Interval: 4 times a day/ Departure times: 07:00, 12:00, 15:00, 19:05/ Fare: 7,600 won)

☞ More info

• Resom Spa Castle
• Webpage: http://www.resom.co.kr/eng/index.html (Korean, English)

2. Perfect for an overnight trip! – Water parks surrounded by nature

Seorak Waterpia


Photo credit: Seorak WaterpiaSeorak Waterpia is located within the Seorak Hanwha Resort nearby Seoraksan National Park, the most popular destination on the East Coast. The stunning scenery of Seoraksan Mountain serves as a beautiful backdrop to Seorak Waterpia, which offers the latest in water amusement facilities and hot spring water spas. The open-air spa is a definite must-try since it uses only pure mineral water that springs up from 680 meters underground at temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius. If you are looking for fun and thrills, check out the water slides and wave pools. If you're traveling with children, be sure to visit the Kids' Pool and Rainbow Stream.

Following major renovations completed in 2011, Seorak Waterpia is one and half times bigger and now better than ever! As part of the twelve new water facilities, the resort introduced World Alley, a 260-meter-long water slide with a sharp drop and a 360-degree turn. The park also added the Torrent River (a water rapids ride) and the Family Raft to its action-packed facility.

☞ Hours of operation

  High Season
5.1~7.4
Gold Season
7.5~8.31
Hot spring spa 06:00~20:00 06:00~21:00
Indoor poolss 10:00~20:30 09:00~20:00
Outdoor wave pool 10:00~18:00 10:00~20:00

*Hours may vary by facility.
 

☞ Admission fees

  High Season
5.1~7.4
Gold Season
7.5~8.31
All day Adults & Teens 36,000 45,000
Children 27,000 33,500
Half day
(16:00~20:30)
Adults & Teens 30,500 38,000
Children 22,500 28,500

Discounts are given to those staying at Hanwha Resort and to those who made an online reservation. Dates and fees are subject to change.

☞ Convenience facilities
Food court (Korean, Western, snacks, café), souvenir shops, medical center, etc.

☞ Transportation
• Seoul to Sokcho
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Sokcho Terminal (Travel time: 2hr 10min/ First bus: 06:25, last bus: 23:00/ Intervals: 30min to 1hr/ Fare: 17,300 –19,000 won)
- From Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line), take a bus to Sokcho Express Bus Terminal (Travel time: 2hr 30min/ First bus: 06:00, last bus 23:00/ Intervals: 20–30 min/ Fare: 18,100–19,900 won)

Tip. Take the Seorak Waterpia Shuttle Bus to and from Seoul
Shuttle buses operate between Seorak Hanwha Resort and major locations in Seoul (round-trip fare: 32,000 won). Reservations must be made by phone at least one day in advance.
Shuttle bus reservations: +82-2-2201-7109 (Korean, English)

Seoul Departure Locations & Times
Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4 → Walk straight for 250 meters, then turn left and walk straight for another 150 meters (about a 7-min walk) → In front of Hanwha HQ building 8:30
Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6 → Walk straight for 200 meters (about a 2-min walk) → Hyundai Department Store Parking Lot 9:00
Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 4 → Walk straight for 250 meters (about a 4-min walk) → Outside Lotte Mart 9:30

Bus leaves from Seorak Hanwha Resort at 14:10 to return to Seoul.
*Departure times are subject to change

☞ More info

Seorak Waterpia
• Webpage: http://www.hanwharesort.co.kr/irsweb/resort3/eng/index.asp (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Vivaldi Park Ocean World


Photo credit: Vivaldi Ocean WorldOcean World Water Park is located in Vivaldi Park (one of Korea's most famous ski resorts) 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 (a 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. In 2011, two new thrilling rides have been introduced to double the fun: the 'Super S Slide,' a rafting thrill ride on a 6-person tube down a 146-meter-long course from a 6.8-meter-high tower, and 'Cairo Racing,' an extreme ride of speed.

☞ Hours of operation
07:30–20:00 (7.12~7.31) / 09:00–21:00(8.1~)
*Hours are subject to change

☞ Admission fees

  Gold Season
7.12~
High Season
5.31~7.11
All day Adults & Teens 70,000(Indoor locker)/
65,000(Outdoor locker)
60,000(Indoor locker)/
55,000(Outdoor locker)
Children 55,000(Indoor locker)/
50,000(Outdoor locker)
48,000(Indoor locker)/
43,000(Outdoor locker)
Half day
(15:00~)
Adults & Teens 60,000(Indoor locker)/
55,000(Outdoor locker)
50,000(Indoor locker)/
45,000(Outdoor locker)
Children 45,000(Indoor locker)/
40,000(Outdoor locker)
38,000(Indoor locker)/
33,000(Outdoor locker)

* Dates and fees are subject to change.

☞ Convenience facilities
Food court (Korean, Western, Oriental, fast food), snack bars, cafés, rental shops, children's play room, nursing room, internet cafe, sleeping room, etc.

☞ Transportation
• Seoul to Vivaldi Park Ocean World
- Take a direct bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Travel time: 1hr 10min/ Intervals: 4 times a day/ Departure times: 08:10, 09:19, 14:20, 17:05/ Fare: 6,800 won)

From the shuttle bus ticket office located at Vivaldi Park's bus parking lot, visitors can make reservations and take the shuttle bus bound for Seoul for free.

☞ More info

☞ More info

• Vivaldi Park Ocean World
• Webpage: http://www.daemyungresort.com/web/dm_english/html/@main.html (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Gimhae Lotte Water Park


Photo credit: Gimhae Lotte Water ParkOpened on May 30, 2014, Gimhae Lotte Water Park is currently the largest water park in Korea.  Located in Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Gimhae Lotte Water Park features custom-designed Polynesian-themed waterslides and pools such as an outdoor wave pool (135m), indoor wave pool (35m), and a huge tornado slide (118m), among others. There’s also a thrilling array of attractions that include the mountainous waves at the “Giant Wave” pool, the giant water buckets at the “Giant Aquaplex,” the various spa facilities at the “Tiki Island Spa.”

☞ Hours of operation: 09:00–20:00
(Summer peak season 08:30–22:00, subject to change)

☞ Admission fees

  High Season
(5.30~7.11 / 8.18~10.5)
Gold Season
(7.12~8.17)
Main building locker Annex building locker Main building locker Annex building locker
All day Adults and Teens 58,000 55,000 73,000 70,000
Children 46,000 43,000 58,000 55,000
Half day (14:30~)

(14:30~)
Adults and Teens 48,000 45,000 63,000 60,000
Children 38,000 35,000 49,000 46,000
Evening (18:00~) Adults and Teens     33,000
Children     26,000

☞ Convenience facilities
Food court (Korean food, fast food, Chinese food, snack), café, information desk, medical room, coin charge machine, nursing room, phone charge room, food storage, item storage, etc.

☞ Transporation
•Seoul to Gimhae
- From Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line), take a bus to Gimhae Passenger Terminal (Travel time: about 5hr/ First bus 06:00/ last bus 24:30/ Fare 22,600 to 36,900 won)
- The water park is about a 25-min cab ride from Gimhae Passenger Terminal.
- About 30 minutes by taxi from Gimhae International Airport

More Info
• Gimhae Lotte Water Park
• Webpage: http://www.lotteworld.com/waterpark/en/index.asp (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Mongolian)

☞ Korea Tourism Information Homepage: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Russian)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Last updated on July 14, 2014

Date   08/01/2014



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