Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea —
If Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth then probably, Everland is the happiest place in Korea since 1976. It’s an amusement theme park filled with entertaining spots and hair-raising rides. The park is divided into five areas. These are Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure, and Zootopia. Zootopia has 2 main attractions – Safari World and Lost Valley.
Danny and I brought my family to Everland on the 5th day of their trip. First off, we had lunch at one of the Western restaurants inside the park. Unfortunately, there were only a couple of choices on their menu. So, the 6 of us ended up ordering the same food.
Afterwards, we headed to the Zootopia area right on time for the next tour. In Lost Valley, we hopped on a fascinating bus that can pass through a rough road and float thru a man-made river to see all those furry animals. Most of them were in dreamland, instead of Everland. LOL There were also talented bears that can do some random tricks. Guests may opt for private tour to have a close interaction with the giraffes and zebras.
After the zoos, we watched the sea lion show. I thought the story line has changed, but it was still the same as the first time I’ve watched it: The Ol’ Princess Sea Lion’s Birthday.
T express, one of the world’s coolest roller coasters, with a height of 184ft and runs as fast as 104km/h, is found in Everland. It’s the first wooden coaster that’s all made up of wooden tracks in the country. I have to be honest, I will never ever try to get on it as of the moment. I’m not ready yet. haha Yes, call me a scaredy cat, it’s better than ending up in a final destination. I did several friendly-to-my-heart rides with Danny and my sisters, though. They were fun and exciting, but still gave me a tachycardia.
There are a number of thematic parades in the afternoon and at night that visitors may enjoy watching. I never got the chance to see one when I first visited. There were all cancelled due to the Sewol ferry incident. For this second visit, since it was the Halloween month, the performers were also dressed in a child-friendly and cutesy costumes instead of spooky ones. We also watched the evening parade called Moonlight Magic. I could tell that my father enjoyed it very much. He kept playing the video over and over again when we got home. We could have seen the fireworks too, but my parents were feeling drained and cold. It was chilly that night, about 9°C.
In conclusion, Everland is an exceptional place for the young and young at heart. I’ve been there twice and my favorite is their huge garden area aside from the zoos. Every season, they would put up beautiful and colorful seasonal flowers. In spring time, they would host tulip and rose festivals, in autumn is the kochia or burning bush festival and in winter is the romantic illumination show. If given the chance (and some bucks), I would love to visit here again for the winter and spring festivals.
Tip: Proceed to the ticket booth for foreigners and get up to 50% off.
Have you been to Everland? How was your experience?
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Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Operating Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
Direction (Subway): Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line), Exit 3. Take the shuttle bus to Everland.