The thrill of the T-express, an uncanny Rotating House, the soaking Amazon Express, the adventure expeditions of the Lost Valley, candy floss, German beer, endless summer snow cones… you can experience it all at Everland! Everland Resort is Korea’s number one theme park located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do province. Recently, the Chungdahm Travel Club organized a fun and exciting day for all instructors to experience the exhilarating activities at Everland for free! Yip, entrance was fully paid for! At $46.00 per ticket joining the CDI Travel Club was a pretty good deal that could not be missed!
Making our way to Everland was simple, as transportation in Korea is easily accessible from almost anywhere. If you are coming from Seoul, it is highly recommended that you catch a bus from either Gangnam or Jamsil subway stations. The ride to Everland is direct from both of these locations. At Jamsil station (the Green Line) , walk out of exit 5, turn right and walk in the opposite direction towards the main road. Cross the main road to the centre island, and walk left for about 50 meters. Here you will find bus 5700 which will take you directly to Everland Resort.
What I have enjoyed about the CDI Travel Club events is that the outings are planned so that we meet up and then enjoy the rest of the day however we want. What better way to travel Korea than to enjoy a day out with old friends, have an opportunity to make new friends and freely enjoy the event in which ever way you would like. Even better, there is an organized meeting point for dinner or lunch, which is a great opportunity to mingle and share stories with fellow travel lovers.
The ride that you must do first is the T-express! The T-express is a wooden rollercoaster that is located in the European Adventure section of the park. It is the steepest rollercoaster in the world with a top speed of 104km per hour at a 77 degree angle. Not only is the view breathtaking as you make your incline to the top, but the first drop is a direct plunge that will leave your heart-racing and your adrenalin pumping on overload. Generally the line for this ride is long, so make sure to have some drinks and snacks and good company to keep you entertained.
If you are peckish after the T-express and in need of a beer to calm your nerves, there is a reasonably priced German restaurant next to it called Alps Kuche. Alps Kuche not only has authentic German drafts that will satisfy any scorching summer palette, but it also has delicious roast chicken combos. The roast chicken is a must-try and half a chicken is only $5! This is much cheaper than the Holland Village where most tourists generally eat at Everland. You can also order BBQ Combos and thin Italian pizza’s.
Another ride that is highly recommended, especially in the summer time, is the Amazon Express. This is for people that like water rides and do not mind getting a little wet. You can go in a group of 4-8 people on a rotund tube. The ride places a tarpaulin over each person so that it covers you from the splashing water and then you get dropped into a rapid flowing river. This ride was a lot of fun and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone on the 580 meter long course!
For those of you who like weird and out of body experiences, the Rotating House is for you! The Rotating House is a ride that I only discovered after my third time of venturing to Everland. The ride is hidden and not many tourists know about it. The experience is very different to what you initially expect and it will trick you into believing all sorts of illusions. The ride is located opposite the T-Express next to the exotic bird cages, and in front of the camel rides.
Everland is not only for adrenalin junkies, it is also a great place to enjoy more chilled outdoor activities. You can take a stroll through Zootopia and see the many exotic animals or enjoy the adventure safari of the Lost Valley. In the centre of the park there are plenty of beautiful gardens, such as the Secret Garden of Starlight Fairies and the Summer Characters Vacance. You can also visit the K-pop Hologram exhibition or watch the night time fireworks show.
Everland Resort should be on your top activity priority list when living in Korea. Every season the park has a different theme, and it will be a day well spent creating memories, enjoying exhilarating rides and ticking another thing off the Korean bucket list.
It is no surprise that Tijana Huysamen, a South African born Capetownian, avid traveler and travel journalist, fell in love with South Korea and its people. After Tijana arrived in South Korea in 2010, she had the opportunity to live in the heart of the Korean countryside. During her time spent in Chungnam province she learned to speak Korean, prepare Korean food and experience the humble nature of the countryside people. After a year break in New York, Tijana jumped at the opportunity to return to Korea again, and is currently working at the CDI Jamsil Branch, in Jamsil, Seoul. Read Tijana’s Aclipse blog to gain a unique perspective on Korea and her shared experiences and adventures both in a major city and in the countryside. Follow Tijana on Twitter @TeeAnni or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information on teaching in Korea!