Located 1 hour away from Seoul ‘Everland’, Korea’s largest theme park, is the perfect place to take a break from the city. Don’t forget to take along with you some slide film!
Theme parks seem to be the perfect playground for lomography: wacky rides, outrageous architecture, the open blue sky, and of course, a lot of time to spare while waiting in line. If you happen to have a free day in your busy schedule while in Korea, what’s better than taking a break and heading towards Everland in Yongin City (just an hour away from Seoul), Korea’s largest and most visited theme park.
Everland is divided into 5 different areas, so you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy (watch out for the different events and parades that take place during different times of the year!).
European Adventure: just as the name states, this area imitates different European architectural styles. There are also a variety of European-style restaurants. The highlight of this area is T Express, currently the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster (meaning you will have to wait for more than a hour to ride it…).
Magic Land: this zone is basically for families with kids. The rides are extremely tame and safe for children and the like. You can always spend some time here as a warm-up for what’s to come. Avoid it if you’re looking for some thrills.
American Adventure (my personal favourite): it features the best rides of the whole park, such as “Let’s Spin” and “Double Rock Spin” among others. Spin round and round to the sound of Rock ’n Roll, not for the faint of heart! There are also a couple of American diner-style restaurants where you can get your junk food fix (if you can stomach eating anything after so much spinning).
Zoo-Topia: if you’re feeling dizzy head to Zoo-Topia and take a rest petting some harmless animals or having a walk around the zoo.
Global Fair: this is the place to go if you feel like buying some souvenirs or grabbing a bite before leaving.
If you happen to visit Everland in winter, like I did, don’t forget to wear appropriate clothes. Despite the heaters scattered around the park and waiting lines, it gets extremely cold. Pay special attention to your footwear, you will bitterly regret wearing your Converse shoes at -5ºC just like I did (how stupid can I get?).
One last photo, with the setting sun hiding behind the buildings in Global Fair, just before leaving. The best way to finish a day full of fun rides and slide film shooting!