CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZABATH BONNER
SeoulLand Character Park is a great theme park for families and it has something fun for everyone to enjoy. SeoulLand opened in the late 1980s and is smaller in size compared to the very popular Everland and Lotte World theme parks. However, it has a much more affordable admission price for foreigners who visit. SeoulLand is located in the area called Seoul Grand Park. This area consists of SeoulLand, Seoul Zoo, a Theme Garden and camping sites. Once you arrive at Seoul Grand Park you have the option of walking around to your destination or you can take the Elephant train which runs a loop around the whole park and has stops at SeoulLand, Seoul Zoo and the Theme Garden. The Elephant train costs 1,000 won if you choose to take it.
SeoulLand consists of five different areas: World Plaza, Adventure Land, Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land, and Samchulli Hill. If you have small children, there are lots of rides for them to enjoy and there’s even an indoor play area called Kids Land. They have bumper cars and bumper boats and a few big rollercoasters for the thrill seekers. There is also the famous Larva Twister ride for all the Larva cartoon fans and around 40 different rides or so in total. It is a fun place for people of all ages. Throughout the year the park holds several festivals to celebrate the season. These include the Spring Character Festival, the Summer Water Festival, the Fall Halloween Festival, and the Winter Christmas and Snow Festivals. During the snow festival they have snow sledding and ice sledding available.
There are extensive food options throughout the park but most of the restaurants serve traditional types of Korean foods. There are a couple of Lotteria’s in the park where you can get hamburgers and fries for the picky food eaters like my children. The park regularly offers a 25% off coupon on their website for foreigners that you can take with you. The day my family went we were offered an even better coupon from the staff at the ticket counter and this made the adult ticket price only $15.00 for the whole day. Children under 3 years old are always free.
If you plan to drive to SeoulLand, it will take you about an hour from the Yongsan base in Seoul with normal traffic conditions. However, I recommend taking the subway to get there since it’s easy to use, very affordable and it will get you there much faster. If you pick up subway line 4 which runs right by Yongsan base, it’s a straight shot down to the Seoul Grand Park station and you don’t even have to switch lines. SeoulLand is a great and affordable place to spend the day!
SeoulLand Amusement Park
Hours: 09:30 -21:00
Admission: Day-time and Night-time admission options and discounts for foreigners available.
Address: Seoulland, 181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea 427-703
GPS Coordinates: 37.4341563, 127.02012669
Directions: Subway Line 4, Seoul Grand Park Station