Must-try attractions at Seoul Everland theme park

    Inside Everland theme park
    Inside Everland

    I didn’t go to Everland when I first went to Seoul in 2014. Seeing that it was my first trip to the city then, I wanted to make sure I devoted the limited time I had on visting the popular tourist spots within Seoul city such as Gangnum and Seoul Tower and ensuring that there was enough time for shopping (yeah, the shopaholic in me made sure of that).

    However, when I visited Seoul again in Fall ‘16, I finally decided to make that trip to Everland. And I’m glad I did – it was a great way to spend the day in Seoul among endless shopping, eating and sightseeing. If you’re planning on visiting Seoul, we strongly recommend that you check out Everland.

    Everland Main entrance
    Main entrance

    Everland is a large theme park divided into 5 different zones: Global Fair, European Adventure, Zoo Topia, American Adventure and Magic Land. Depending on how crowded the park is on the day you visit, the waiting time for the more popular attractions can take up to 1.5-2 hours, so it pays to be selective. Here are my recommendations on the top attractions you should not miss in each zone.

    Global Fair Zone

    Being the closest zone to the entrance of Everland, Global Fair is the first zone that greats visitors. Some of the features here change according to the season. I was there during halloween and there were lots of carved pumpkins, ghouls and hanging skeletons throughout the park. Nothing too scary, they were rather fun looking in fact. There are lots of great photo-taking spots in the Global Fair zone and only two rides. My advice is not hang around here for too long as there are lots of other exciting attractions in the park.

    Halloween decorations at Everland
    Ghouls and ghosts during Halloween at Everland
    Popular photo 'station' upon entering the theme park
    Popular photo ‘station’ upon entering the theme park
    everland halloween
    Halloween comes alive in Everland during Oct – Nov
    Reaper at Everland
    Realistic reaper decorations like these can be seen at the theme park
    MUST TRY:
    1. Live Hologram Theatre

    Great for: all ages, especially teenagers and music lovers

    The Live Hologram Theatre gives you a pretty realistic experience of being in a live Kpop concert without having to shell out hundreds of dollars to attend a real one. With the help of great sound technology, you’ll get to enjoy performances by famous Korean stars such as Psy and Big Bang. What a way to start your Everland tour.

     

    Zoo Topia Zone

    As the name suggests, Zoo Topia is great for animal lovers. You’ll get to experience everything from wild safari rides to viewing pandas and polar bears up close. There’s also a petting zoo for you to touch and cuddle animals like sheep and rabbits. I think what differentiates Everland from many other theme parks around the world such as Disney Land and Universal Studios, is the vast number of animals housed in the park. Start your journey with the Human Sky cable ride that connects you from Global Fair to Zoo Topia and make your way down from there.

    Human Sky entrance
    Human Sky entrance
    Human sky ride
    Enjoy the scenic Everland while taking a leisurely ride down
    MUST TRY:
    1. Safari World

    Great for: All ages, especially families

    everland lions

    everland white tigers
    Don’t mind me, I’m just chilling
    everland bear
    Will work for treats
    Special Safari tour
    Go for the special tour to get a thrilling experience with tigers, bears and other animals

    There are several attractions in Zoo Topia but the one attraction you must not miss is Safari World. During the tour around the attraction, you’ll get to see white tigers and lions in close proximity. But the main stars of the ride are the big brown bears. They are well trained and can perform tricks like basketball shooting. You’re guaranteed to be squealing from all the excitement and amazement throughout this ride.

    2. Panda World

    Great for: All ages

    Entrance to Panda World
    Entrance to Panda World

    everland panda

    Who doesn’t love pandas? When in Everland, you must pay a visit to Ai Bao and Le Bao, Korea’s adorable giant pandas. I was pleasantly surprised at how close you could watch them eat, sleep and play in the beautiful glass enclosure. You’ll also be able to catch a close-up view of the the giant panda’s smaller cousin, the red panda.

    everland red panda
    Say ‘hi’ to the adorable red panda at Everland’s Panda World
    3. Fox enclosure

    Great for: All ages especially kids

    Dart in for a quick look at these adorable foxes – which have bunny-like ears. It’s a lot of fun to watch the mammals hopping and jumping around their enclosure. Check out this bunch of foxes clamouring together for warmth.

    Foxes at Everland
    We counted 5 foxes
    IF YOU HAVE SPARE TIME…
    1. Lost Valley Tour

    Great for: All ages, especially families

    If you’re up for more animal adventures and can spare the time, check out the Lost Valley Tour. This is rather similar to the Safari World where you’ll also get to see lions, tigers as well other safari animals like elephants and camels. The ride can travel on land and water – could be a new experience for some.

    Lost Valley tour
    Giraffes will stick their head into the vehicle during the tour
    2. Amazon Express

    Great for: teenagers and adults especially adventure seekers

    Watch out water phobes, you could get wet on this bumpy ride that supposedly mimicks the the choppy waters of the Amazon River. Luckily the considerate park planners have desgined a plastic shield you can use to cover yourself during the ride – ok, admittedly, it stinks a little from all that dampness and high usage. Overall, it was a fun ride where the thrill of trying to avoid being splashed by the water was greater than the rapid current adventure itself. We wish there were more visual stimulation throughout the ride.

     

    European Adventure Zone

    Ready for some serious thrill rides? You’ll get your fill of heart-stopping action at The European Adventure Zone. We hope you’re sufficiently warmed up by now.

    MUST TRY:
    1. T Express

    Great for: dare-devils

    Touted as one of the scariest roller coasters in Asia, T Express has drawn many dare-devils to Everland specially for a death-defying experience. Perhaps the most unique thing abuot the T Express is that the entire track is made of wood. The queue is naturally also one of the longest at Everland, so if you want a piece of the action, make this your first stop. Express tickets known as ‘Q Pass’ which lets you cut the queue are available at a cost. Good luck and we hope you survive the 77-degree angle drop – the world’s steepest — of the ride.

    T-Express
    T-Express has a steep drop of 77 degrees and can reach a speed of 104 km/h
    2. Colombus Adventure

    Great for: dare-devils

    If the T Express is too scary for you, check out Colombus Adventure. Not that the viking ride is any less thrilling, but at least the Colombus Adventure’s swinging movements are more predictable than the T-express’ sharp turns, bends and dips. Still, be prepared for a scream fest as you are hurtled from a height of 33 metres!

    3. Four Seasons Garden

    Great for: All ages, especially families and couples

    Do not leave Everland without a visit to the Four Seasons Garden where you’ll be treated to the sights and sweet scents of the flowers in season. The rose garden was in full bloom when I was there in Autumn and the sight was simple stunning. After dark, you’re bound to fall in love with the magical wonderland illuminated by the castle lighting all around you.

    Rose garden at Everland
    Rose garden
    Main stage at Four Seasons Garden
    Main stage at Four Seasons Garden
    IF YOU HAVE SPARE TIME…
    1. VR Adventure

    Great for: Adults and teenagers, especially adventure seekers

    If you missed the T Express for some reason, you should hop on the VR Adventure. The VR journey simulates the T Express ride, giving you a good idea of what it’s like to take the roller coaster ride – minus the heart-stopping plunges. Great for those who want to experience the thrill of a roller coaster without getting a heart attack. If you tend to feel giddy from VR rides, you may want to skip this.

    2. Mystery Mansion

    Great for: Adults and teenagers, especially horror buffs

    This attraction takes you inside a haunted mansion – but there’s no time to cower in fear as your mission is to shoot the spirits indicated by a red light with a laser gun. At the end of the ride, you’ll be able to check your score on the board as you’re exiting the attraction.

    American Adventure Zone

    Another thrill ride zone. American Adventure is modelled after the American history dating back to the 1950s and 60s. It features a time when Colombus discovered the American continent to the American pop culture icons such as Elvis Presley.

    MUST TRY:
    1. Double Rock Spin

    Great for: dare-devils

    Imagine being tossed and shoved from left to right, upside down and back upright again – with your legs dangling off the seat the whole time.

    2. Rolling X-Train

    Great for: dare-devils

    This super fast roller coaster rides is a must-try for thrill seekers. It not only features sharp plunges, there are also two 360° loops to get your adrenalin pumping. It’s perfect for anyone who loves a good roller coaster ride.

    IF YOU HAVE SPARE TIME…
    1. Sky Cruise

    Great for: All ages, especially families and couples

    Take a leisurely ride on Sky Cruise, a cable car ride that takes you around Everland. We recommend that you take the Sky Cruise after dark to take in a bird’s eye view of the beautiful lights all around the theme park while you rest those tired legs.

     

    Magic Land Zone

    This family-friendly zone is great for fun kids rides. It’s where fairy tales and childhood fantasies come true. As the attractions here are mainly designed for kids, most of the rides may not appeal to the hardcore thrill-seekers. If that’s the case, we recommend that you take a quick tour around Aesop’s Village to bring back some childhood memories.

    Carousel at Everland
    Adults and kids alike will enjoy at quick spin on this beautiful carousel
    MUST TRY:
    1. Aesop’s Village

    Great for: All ages, especially children

    Ignite your childhood memories as you wander through Aesop’s Village, which is inspired by the fables of Aesop. Meet Aesop’s Village friends like Herky the rabbit, Timmy the tortise and many more. It’s a fun tour for the young and young at heart.

    IF YOU HAVE SPARE TIME…
    1. Magic Swing

    Great for: Teenagers and adults especially adventure seekers

    Think of this as a mini Colombus Adenture. The Magic Swing is not as high and features some twists to the motion to give you a more varied ride. Great for those who want a moderate thrill ride while still able to enjoy the view of the theme park at the same time.

    Fireworks

    If you’re not too tired by nightfall, stay for the fireworks, which starts after 9pm every night. It’s a spectacular way to end your day at Seoul Everland.

     

    Seoul Everland

    Opening hours: Daily: 10am – 9pm
    Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
    Phone: +82 31-320-5000

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