Friday, 8 May 2015

Everland Resort and Theme Park!

Think of a mixture between Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park and Alton Towers and then you’ll understand ‘Everland’ in Seoul, South Korea. It is a magical place where dreams have literally come true not once, but several times I'm sure. So as you can imagine I was more than excited to be going. What adventures awaited me, only time would tell, and so I waited, and I waited, and I waited some more. Wow, Everland really isn’t anywhere near Seoul - it is genuinely in a far far away land called, well... Everland.

From Beomgye station on Line 4, it took us more than two hours to get to the Resort. So be prepared, and if you’re on your own bring headphones, Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ Album (its a winner) and maybe even a small picnic, oh...and leave early. After this epic journey which included 3 changes, 4 trains and a free shuttle Bus from the station to the park, we finally arrived at our destination. People charged towards the entrance in hope of the small possibility that running would improve their chances of getting in quicker. Luckily for us
foreigners, we have our very own booth, and so the queue was only about 10 minutes long! Win! When we reached the desk we also found that foreigners get a discount too...just for...well just for being foreigners. So it ended up costing us 34,000won (approx £17) as oppose to 48,000won. 

Just great news!

Once our tickets were purchased and our high fives received, we were then ready to start our mini adventure at South Korea’s largest theme park. The park has all of the standard things that theme parks usually have and MORE! There are rides galore, a Zoo, and even a water park known as Caribbean Bay. We started off by hitting up some of the bigger roller coasters which were pretty awesome. One of which (apparently one of the world’s largest wooden roller coasters) was ‘The T-Express’. Unfortunately, as the queue was approximately 2 hours long (and that was just to reserve your tickets for later) we decided to pass on this one, and not spend our entire day queuing. Terrible news. 

One of the words biggest wooden roller coaster in the background there!

 Rose gardens!

American zone!

After a couple more rides and a little stroll through the beautiful rose gardens in the European zone - which was complimented with some lovely music from The Carpenters (joys), we headed off in search of the famous Liger. A species made from both Lion and Tiger, and apparently unable to procreate. Seeing that this queue was 2 hours long aswell, we decided to wander around the Zoo for a while, and boy am I glad we did. There we were, checking out some Monkeys, when all of a sudden one of the Zoo keepers started whistling and calling out what seemed like someone’s name. We looked up in to the sky and saw something truly awesome. An Orangutan had climbed out of his enclosure and had started making his way across some small wires and down towards where we were standing. It was unreal, and slightly unnerving as at any point I’m pretty sure the Orangutan could have jumped down on to the crowd below. We also saw an epic Sea Lion show and some other animals too, such as Polar Bears, Kangaroos and Snakes.
 They were definitely friendly!
 Sea Lion show!

 Orangutan tight roping!


Finally, we made our way to the Safari adventure. The queue hadn’t really gone down but not wanting to miss out on the chance of seeing the famous Liger, we waited. Once at the front of the line we hopped on our very own Safari, and took off down the path where we were greeted by Tigers, Lions and even some Grizzly Bear's before finally seeing a real life Liger. There are only around 30 of these Ligers in the world, so it was pretty amazing to see one of these creatures in the flesh. The Liger is a hybrid cross between a male Lion and a female Tiger and can only be found in captivity, due to the fact that they do not mate in the wild. Interesting fact for you all there. 

The Liger!

The end of the day soon arrived and so we prepared ourselves for the long journey home, over a quick bite to eat. In the end, this journey was totally worth it and I had a lovely ole day out. If you're worried about the language barrier, don't be. Everything at Everland is in English aswell as Korean, which makes it all a hell of a lot easier. I would definitely recommend this theme park as one of the places you should visit whilst living in, or visiting South Korea, so go and check it out. Oh, and remember to bring your ARC card or Passport for the foreigner discount...as you certainly don't want to miss out on that one! 

Bye for now Everland!

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