Exploring Seoul's Awesome Parks

There are many theme parks and outdoor spaces in Seoul and you can enjoy them at any time of the year. Some of our favorites are Lotte World, Everland, The Grand Children’s Park, and The Olympic Park.

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Lotte World can be accessed from Jamsil station on the pink line 8 or green line 2. The complex itself contains the world’s largest indoor theme park, an outdoor theme park called “Magic Island”, shops, cinema, firing range (with real guns), museum, and a hotel.

While Lotte World is very childish in nature there are some very fun rides and it is a good day out for visitors of any age. We went during Christmas and were treated to a performance by Lotty, the raccoon like figure head of Lotte World, and his friends. You can read more about the attractions here.

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The second place on our list is Seoul Children’s Grand Park. It’s easy to find at the aptly-named Children’s Grand Park station on line 7, just take exit 1, you can’t miss it.

We visited the park during April so the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and it was a very beautiful place to take a sunny, afternoon stroll. Entrance to the park is free and you can wander through the grounds, the theme park, and zoo without spending a penny. It’s a wonderful place to visit on a nice day but be prepared for it to be crowded if you go during cherry blossom season.

Thirdly, we have the Seoul Olympic Park. This huge park was built for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and is now a very nice place to take a stroll, see some art, and take some photos. We visited the park on a warm, sunny day, and ate a picnic outside the SOMA Museum of Art, the entrance fee for the museum was around 10,000 won and was well worth it. You can find out more about the exhibits here.

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There were also lots of outdoor sculptures, trees, rolling hills, green grass, and families flying kites. All in all, it was an idyllic way to spend a sunny day. You can read more about the facilities available at the Olympic Park here.

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Finally we have Everland, the biggest theme park in South Korea. Comprised of five different areas, Global Fair, Zootopia, European Adventure, Magic Land, and America Adventure, Everland is easily a full day of entertainment for the family. There is also a separate water park called Caribbean Bay.

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Everland has year-round themes, Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, Summer Splash, Happy Halloween, and Winter Wonderland. We went on Christmas Eve, so the weather was cold and the theme was Winter Wonderland, this meant that snowmen, reindeer, princes and princesses were everywhere and we were treated to the Christmas parade. This was a good opportunity to make some Lomokino movies!

Admission to the park was 33,000 won, which isn’t cheap but it was a full day of entertainment and it did include access to all of the rides. Basically it’s a great day out with tons of photo opportunities! You can read more about the facilities here.

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These are just some of the parks and outdoor spaces in Seoul. There are dozens of others and they are all special in their own way. The best idea is to visit them for yourself and find out!

written by roonandbeks on 2012-03-20 #places #location #urban-adventures #select-type-of-location #city-guide-city-guide-seoul-parks-lotte-world-everland-childrens-grand-olympic-south-korea-outside-cherry-blossom

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