The summer’s turned balmy and very hot here in Korea & the thoughts of jumping into cool waters are on my mind constantly. This past week, I saw a sign advertising a waterpark on a subway ride home, but couldn’t remember the name of it before I got home to find one nearby online.
So, my quest to find a water park near Busan grew stronger. I’ve learned a bit & thought I should share my findings to anyone wanting to play a little in the water to reduce their body temperatures a few degrees — probably would help with all the many people getting heated even at work.
I found these details about parks throughout Korea on one of the main Korea tourist sites Korea.net:
It’s going to be a long, hot summer – a perfect time to go out for a splash. A swimming pool around your neighborhood may be nice but these gorgeous water parks will definitely add to the list of long-lasting Korea memories.
Caribbean Bay: Enjoy the ride
Caribbean Bay, one of top water theme parks in Korea located inside Everland amusement park in Yongjin, Gyeonggi-do (province) promises the best of water facilities that include 2.4 m high artificial waves, an underwater fitness facility, a water bobsleigh, a lazy river ride, a surf ride, a tube ride, spa villages and more.
Right now until August 31 the place is immersed in the Summer Splash Festival. The splash parade has 24 water cannons ready for performers and visitors to have a massive water fight. The parade uses 84 tons of water per performance. There’s also a Splash Band that performs music and a vivid video of water versus fire is all prepared together with the usual fun of Amazon Express, Hoorum Ride, Double Rock Spin and some 50,000 lilies in the Everland Flower Garden. More is to come this July with the opening of new rides like Tower Boomerang, a tower raft and Wild Blaster to give people the thrills of swift currents. For more information visit: Caribbean Bay Website
Seorak Waterpia: Cool and hot spa all in one place
Hanhwa Resort’s Seorak Waterpia (1,652 square meters) located near Seoraksan National Park in Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) is a hot spring water theme park using waters pulled from a depth of 690m, at a temperature 49 degrees. This water is known to be rich in calcium carbonic acid, sodium and more. It also boasts the best location for those wishing multi-layered theme parks.
The place not only offers various types of hot spa zones and swimming pools, but also mountain climbing and a dip to the ocean outdoors thanks to its proximity to the sea. Its Spa Zone has a blue pool that offers 18 types of water waves, a rafting slide, a flowing pool, Jacuzzis and more. Aqua Zone offers a bubble bath, a waterfall bath, a wood bath, and a supersonic bath with water pressure good enough for massage and acupuncture effects. Spa Valley has a cave spa, a mountain spa, an air spa and a wood spa. There are also regular swimming pools and a kids’ pool at the Rainbow Stream. The place has gone through a remodeling and has just opened a hot spring torrent river, family raft ride for this summer. For more information visit: Seorak Waterpia Website
Ocean World: Watch out bikinis!
“Watch out bikinis!” goes the commercial as girls scream over a humongous wave. That’s the catchphrase for Vivaldi Park’s Ocean World located in a 30,000 square meter space at Mt. Palbongsan in Hongcheong-gun, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province). The place, which can accommodate 10,000 people at once has been renovated to scale up its artificial beach wave from the existing 1.2m to 2.4m or so.
Also, every time the wave hits there will be sounds of seagulls and whistling of the boat to add to the mood. The pool itself is designed with an Egyptian pharaoh design to give an exotic atmosphere. Aside from various slides, pools, waves and other amenities in the indoor and outdoor zone, the place also has s fomentation room (“jjimjilbang”) where a fire kiln boils to let out infrared rays that help one sweat and relieve stress. The mud room, charcoal room, and herb and lavender room all work similarly for beauty and health.
For more information visit: Ocean World Website
Aqua World: Pools of refreshment
Daemyung Resort’s Aqua World can be found in three branches: Seorak in Goseong, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province); Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province); and Gyeongju in Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province).
Seorak Aqua World is built in a space of 2,330 square meters with large halls and indoor and outdoor zones has various types of health bath zones and saunas. It uses water pulled from 450m deep in the earth. With various relaxing zones of leisure pools, flowing pools and a fomentation room this is indeed the place to let out your steam.
Danyang Aqua World also uses naturally carbonated water from 750m down, connected with multifunctional sauna systems. It has Health Pool Zone with body massage systems and dream bath, an amusement zone with slides and waterfall and an outdoor path with saunas of mineral water, jade, charcoal and amethyst together with other amenities like a beauty salon and hair shop.
Gyeongju Aqua World has an indoor space with separate children’s and toddler’s pools with other massaging and relaxation facilities. Outdoor features are a wave pool, a lazy river pool and other amusements. Last but not least there’s Sol Beach designed like a Mediterranean-style beach with a sea spa zone, seawater therapy and other beach relaxation.
For more information visit: Daemyung Resort Website (Also serviced in Chinese, Japanese)
Tiger World: Fun tour for kids
Tiger World Water Park in Bucheon is another indoor water park built on a massive scale. Aside from all the regular water park facilities of pools and spas it provides additional fun with an aqua bar, where one can drink cocktails and other beverages inside the pool, doctor fish pool (where little toothless fish gum away the dead skin from your feet), couple massage room and more. For more excitement with kids there are covered and open speed slides, a massive “space ball” and other water amusements.
For more information visit: Tiger World Website (Korean only)
Location: 572-1 Sang-dong Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si Gyeonggi-do
Transportation: From Exit No. 2 of Bugae Station (Seoul Metro line No. 1), take Town Bus No. 579 or City Bus No. 79 and then get off at Sangil High School (takes 5 mins). From the school, walk for 5 minutes to Tigerworld. Alternatively, you can take a taxi at Bugae Station (It costs approximately 2,500 won).
Legrand Fun Beach: Go for extreme
Those who wish to know the true meaning of “extreme” should really try out the Legrand Fun Beach in Daejeon of Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). The Stand Up Flow Rider and Body Boarder wave gives you the feeling that you are surfing. The 310m-long Storm River provides the thrills of rafting in a strong current, bumping up and down. Magic Bowl and Black Hole each offer the unforgettable experience of being sucked down while revolving inside the bowl at a crazy speed. You can only imagine what it would be like to take a slide 100m in length and a height of 20m. All these rides require a life jacket. For those faint of heart, there’s always a kiddie pool and leisure pool ready as well.
For more information visit Legrand Fun Beach Website
Jeju Waterworld: Fun in the island
Jeju Water World is Jejudo (island)’s main water theme park. Indoors the place has a bathing pool, a wave pool, a lazy river pool, a body slide and a tube slide. Outdoors it offers an outdoor spa and high slides and special herb therapies with the island’s specialties like citrus, green tea and pine leaves. The place is further equipped with a fomentation room lined with Cheongitobang (energy soil), Hwangtobang (yellow soil) and other spa rooms with a Korean flavor.
For more information visit: Jeju Waterworld Website (Korean only)
Location: 914 Beophwan-dong Seogwipo-si Jeju-do
Transportation: From Exit No. 1 of Jeju International Airport, take Airport Bus No. 600 at the Airport Bus Station, and then get off at Jeju World cup Stadium (takes 70 mins. / comes at every 15 min. intervals).
Last but not least, there are water parks coming this July. Since these sites have no English webpage, dial for 1330 for interesting service and other information.
Blue Canyon of Phoenix Park in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) :
Asan Spavis in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province):
Aqua Fantasia in Tongdo, Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) — this one which opens on July 5. Original article here: http://www.korea.net/News/News/NewsView.asp?serial_no=20080620019