Today is my 5th day and last day in Korea; we’ve already talked about
“Sinheungsa – High1 Ski Resort” before, and today I will talk about my short trip to “Everland and Myeongdong”. The travel time from High 1 Ski resort to Everland will take ± 2 – 2.5-hour land travel depends on the traffic.
Everland is a theme park at the Everland Resort in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do province, South Korea. It is South Korea’s largest theme park, operated by Samsung Everland, which is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group.
With 6.6 million visitors, Everland ranked thirteenth in the world for amusement park attendance in 2011. Along with its main attractions, Its also includes a zoo and a water park known as Caribbean Bay.
This theme park divided into five areas each with its main attractions:
- Global Fair: Primarily a place for food, souvenirs and pictures as visitors make their way into and out of the park. The Official line shop is a must visit here if you are collecting line items.
- Zoo-Topia: An animal themed portion. There is a petting zoo, pony rides, and animal shows. A safari bus ride is it’s main attractions here. It shows animals such as ligers and bears roaming in a contained habitat.
- European Adventure: Has many restaurants in various European styles, a flower garden encircled by a train, games and arcades. A roller coaster called T-express and Haunted House adventure called the Mystery Mansion which visitors can shoot at the ghosts are the main attraction here.
- Magic Land: An elaborate array of buildings and rides, including flying and robot ride can be found here. The Aesop’s Village where the characters and themes are primarily drawn from the fables of Aesop is the main attraction here.
- American Adventure: Themes from American history are presented in this portion of the park. The Double Rock Spin is the main attraction here.
I only have limited time here (2 hours only). Looking at the swarm of people, queue and waiting a period of each ride here, I decided just to stroll around and try on the T-express and the safari bus ride to see a liger. To get to that ride, I should use a cable car from Globe fair to European Adventure, then walk to Zoo-topic. It takes almost 45 minutes.
It’s fun and I didn’t realise that I’ve spent nearly 1.5 hours strolling and ride this two attractions. It’s almost time to get back to the meeting point and meet up with other tour members. The bad news is; riding gondola is the fastest way to go back to the Globe fair area, unless you want to walk again for another 60 minutes.
2 hour isn’t enough, but that’s the amount of time that I have because I should visit another three places including lunch before we visit myeongdong. That place is another “Bulgogi” restaurant for lunch, the “Red Pines Medicine” and the “Dongwha Duty-Free” a shop heaven for tourist that over local and international brand from accessory like bags, wallet, watch, glasses to cosmetics with a friendly price.
Let’s skip the lunch and branded shopping things and strike to myeongdong.
Myeongdong is a dong (District) in Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It’s one of Seoul’s main shopping districts featuring mid-to-high priced retail stores and international brand outlets, including Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton, as well as Korean cosmetics brands such as Nature Republic, Missha, The Face Shop and Skin Food.
It is a particularly popular area for young people and tourists as a centre for fashion and sight-seeing. Several large shopping centres and department stores are in the district including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Migliore, M Plaza, and Noon Square.
But what makes this place unique is Its food and retail stalls here. They sell many kinds of food from Korean Skewers, Potato rolled shrimp, and Egg bread to beverages like Pomme Juice. It’s a food stall heaven here.
Sadly we only have another 2 hours to explore this place. Maybe you’ve already read all of my post in Korea by now and heard this “1-2 hour times to explore” a lot because I have to follow my tour schedule, but still I’m happy :-).
My journey feels like a dream that gives happy and joyful feelings that only happened for the amount of times. That’s why this post was titled:
“Everyday I see dreams”
Next time will be another story because I already know a little bit of Korea, I could travel on my own and explore things more.
Before I closed today’s post, Here’s some Tips & Tricks for you who planning to visit Everland and Myeongdong:
- Everland is open for public, with operating hours vary on the month of visit, so it’s better if you check in here first. The admission fee also varies on your age and time of visit.
Children & Seniors
(1 day Pass)
(1 Day Pass)
* Includes free admission to Ho-Am Art Museum for the day.
* Extra charges for coin-operated rides, rentals, animal rides, and special exhibitions.
* Night tickets are not available for online purchase.
- Using subway, get off at Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line), Exit 3. Then take the shuttle bus to Everland. (Operating hours 05:30 a.m. – 23:30 p.m.)
- It’s a huge theme park, so make sure you grab the Everland theme park maps on the information centre in front of the ticket box. The one that you’ll receive would be in multi-fold booklet format.
- To get to myeongdong using subway, get off at Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 6. Take the first left out of the exit.
- If you are planning to go here “solo” but didn’t have any idea how to go, what to do and where to stay, this web might be helpful for you. You could find a detail information about accommodation, event/festivals, attractions, food, etc. in Korea, so it might give you some clue about where to visit, when, and what to expect.