One of the reasons I wanted to go back to South Korea is because of Everland. The last time I visited Seoul, my friend and I got to experience an exciting day at Lotte World Amusement Park and wondered how Everland would look like. When I finally stepped foot inside, I was happily surprised. It was definitely much better than Lotte World (not that I didn’t enjoy Lotte).
I feel lucky to visit Everland last April with my mom. The spring weather was crisp and flowers are in full bloom. I love the most the tulips that are stark red and yellow in color.
I was a bit apprehensive at first to venture outside Seoul. Everland is located in Gyeonggi-do province so it’s about an hour and a half away from the city (the commute took us probably almost two hours), that’s why prior to coming to SK, I made some research and found out, in their website, that they offer discount coupons to foreigners. I immediately printed a copy of the coupon so I can pay only KRW 32,000 per person. Good thing, the staff at Beewon Guesthouse was helpful. He directed me to take the subway and get off at Gangnam Station. After asking several people, we managed to get on Bus No. 5002. After about 45 minutes we finally sighted the entrance to the resort. And my, is this property is sooo vast!
After leaving the bus at the last stop. We transferred to a shuttle bus that transported us to the amusement park. At the entrance, I paid the entrance fee using the coupons I printed earlier. I like discount perks! If ever you want to visit Everland, don’t forget to print coupons. You can find them at their official website. Don’t forget to bring your passport with you also, although in my case, I wasn’t asked to show them even if I brought them with me.
Everland is actually divided into five courses–Zootopia, Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, and European Adventure. Our intention was to roam the whole courses, but we ended up only scouring half of the park. Nevertheless, it was a refreshing take from the usual amusement parks we’ve been to so far (Hong Kong’s Disneyland, Ocean Park). My only regret is that we had a very limited time here.
Since both of us never liked to try jaw-dropping, exhilarating rides, we skipped the American Adventure course where most of the kids and teenagers flocked to. After eating at an Asian restaurant at the Global Fair and buying some candies and chocolates, we decided to ride the Sky Cruise which we found out opened just recently.
At the other end of the Sky Cruise, we caught sight of the lovely garden at Magic Land. Enchanted, we walked around the Secret Garden just to take in the glorious sight of fresh flowers around. At another end is the breathtaking European inspired-village. We sat down for a while to eat some ice cream before proceeding to Zootopia where we had a bird feeding session at an aviary, had an up-close-and-personal encounter with wild animals at the Safari and made the rounds at the zoo.
We capped off our day tour with a ride up the Human Sky. Mom was hesitant to leave at first, but the weather suddenly dropped so we had another freezing bout. I dozed off on the bus on our way back to Gangnam, dreaming I’m still playing around the Secret Garden all by myself. 🙂