You’re probably going to visit South Korea to examine the stellar combination of maintaining a hundred-year-old tradition with modernity. Or better yet, you are going to visit the country to see the places where your favorite Korean dramas are shot. Or maybe you simply want to taste authentic Korean food. There are tons of reasons why visiting South Korea is a must for anyone who has a bucket list. What most people don’t know is that South Korea is home to great amusement parks filled with thrilling rides and adventure. If you want to add an exciting side trip to your travel itinerary, then take a look below at our list of top theme parks and amusement parks in South Korea.
Everland is iconic, to say the least. This theme park is the largest theme park in South Korea and it reportedly receives an average of seven million visitors annually. It was also number 16 in the world’s most visited parks in 2014. There are tons of attractions to be seen in Everland. The large amusement park is divided into divided into five zones: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure. Those who love to eat won’t be disappointed since the theme park has restaurants scattered around everywhere in the park.
Everland Theme Park Admission Ticket with Transfer from Seoul
Duration 10 to 12 hours
2. Gwangju Family Land (Uchi Park)
Hailed as the largest urban amusement park in all of Jeollabuk-do and Jeollanam-do Provinces, Gwangju Family Land (Uchi Park) is known for fun entertainment. It’s complete with a swimming pool, ice skating rink, and a sledge park to ensure that the whole family has something to do once they have decided to spend the day at the park. The Gwangju Family Land (Uchi Park) is designed based on what couples and families need. You’ll surely have an absolute blast when visit.
Gwangju Family Land (Uchi Park)
Address: 677 Uchi-ro, Saengyong-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju, South Korea
Website: Gwangju Family Land (Uchi Park)
Opening hours: 9:30am - 9pm
Price: 5.29 USD
3. Daejeon O-World
Daejeon O-World might be modest but it does know how to show a good time. This quaint and folksy amusement park has a zoo of its own – perfect for your children who want to hang out with animals. Fun fact: the existing Zoo Park and Joy Land are both known as the Flower Land, a massive and ambitious project that’s said to cost 40 billion won. Daejeon O-World is perfect for those who want to take the perfect Instagram photo since it has different gardens that are worth a spot on your feed.
Address: 70 Sajeonggongwon-ro, Sajeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea
Website: Daejeon O-World
Opening hours: 9:30am - 8pm
Price: 25 USD
4. KidZania Seoul
Looking for a good time for your kids? Visit KidZania when you travel to Seoul. This park is built to bring joy to both kids and adults who are kids at heart. This place is perfect if you want your kids to experience different professions, let them act on it, and maybe develop their dreams in the process. This immersive amusement park has different facilities. Let your kids save pets at the “Vet Clinic” or build their delicious donuts at the “Donut Shop.” They can even become crime investigators or television reporters! Hone your kids’ imagination at KidZania.
Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 3(sam)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: KidZania Seoul
Opening hours: 10am - 3pm, 3:30pm - 8:30pm
Price: 15 USD
5. Shinhwa Theme Park
Shinhwa Theme Park is a one-stop shop for those who seek to widen their imagination and find adventure. It’s a fully integrated adventure land in Jeju Island complete with parks and hotels – and even casinos. Shinhwa Theme Park has three zones that every adventurer needs to see. Rotary Park is perfect for those who love anything that’s steampunk. Oscar’s New World has Inca and Maya civilization inspired design and rides. Meanwhile, the Larva Adventure Village offers great characters that every child will love. Shinhwa Theme Park will be your favorite if you love world building and animation. Do visit it when you drop by Jeju Island.
Shinhwa Theme Park
Address: 304번길 98 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
Website: Shinhwa Theme Park
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm
Price: 19 USD
First opened in 1988, Seoul Land is a classic South Korea destination. Seoul Land has five courses namely, the Family Course, Kids Course, Friendship Course, Couple Course, and Rainy Course. It’s also known for its daring rides such as the Black Hole 2000, Top Spin, and SKY-X. Seoul Land is famous for its night shows featuring fantastic fireworks and laser shows.
Seoul Land Admission Ticket
Duration 1 day
7. Gyeongju World
If you are looking for death-defying rides then do yourself a favor and visit Gyeongju World. Gyeongju World’s X-Facility is adored by thrill seekers as it has the best rides in the world including Phyton, Mega Drop, Tornado, and Grand Canyon as well as King Viking and Submarine Splash. There are also rides for children. Gyeongju World is also known as the largest amusement park in the southern part of South Korea.
Address: 544 Bomun-ro, Bodeok-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Website: Gyeongju World
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm
Price: 13 USD
If you’re a fan of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince then South Korea’s Petite France, Gapyeong will stun you. Petite France is like a little French town in South Korea filled with French-inspired villages and landscapes. There are also museums that are dedicated to featuring trinkets and ceramics inspired by France. Petite France is a great stop if you want a quick Instagram photo shoot or simply want to take in the marvelous sceneries that it offers.
Nami Island and Petite France Day Trip from Seoul
Duration 9 to 10 hours
Who doesn’t love water parks? Caribbean Bay is a stellar water park adventure that will satisfy your need for water. Caribbean Bay opened in 1996 and is known as the largest water park in the whole world. It’s part of the Everland Resort but requires a different fee when you want to visit. It also received “Must-See Waterpark Awards” from the International Association of Amusement Park Attractions. Carribean Bay offers attractions for any age from the fun “Sandy Pool” to the “Salt Sauna.”
Caribbean Bay Discount Ticket
Ocean World, a daughter adventure park of Vivaldi Resort, was hailed as the number one adventure park in South Korea. Travel back to ancient Egypt through Ocean World’s fun interiors featuring pyramids and the Sphinx. There’s tons of space for fun and adventure as Ocean World is 14 times bigger than a soccer field. This massive water park has many marvelous rides like Super Boomerang, Monster Blaster, and Cairo Racing. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a day soaking under the sun.
Ocean World Korea Discount Ticket
There's more to see in South Korea
South Korea offers tons of attractions aside from its cultural sites and Korean drama destinations. Make sure to stop by these thrilling top theme parks and amusement parks in South Korea when you visit.
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