The scoop on Korean water parks
The best way to deal with the heat is to get wet. Here are some great water parks — and how to get discounts for them.
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You can get here easily by subway. This water park has water slides, a spa and a “jjimjilbang,” or public bath.
Location: Line 2, Mullae Station, exit 4
Prices: Weekdays - 22,000 won / Weekends - 27,000 won (For children: Weekdays - 17,000 won / Weekends - 22,000 won. Also, under 36 months is free, but you need to bring a document to prove how old your child is.)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discounts: Lotte Card - 20% off
Okcashbag: 30% off (if you have points)
If you live in Yeongdeungpo-gu - 30% off (You need to prove that you live in Yeoungdeungpo)
Homepage: www.sealala.com (in Korean)
This park is also accessible by subway. It’s not just a water park, but also a sports complex, complete with a jjimjilbang, sauna, sky pool and golf center.
Location: Line 2 and 5, Wangsimni Station, exit 5
Price: Weekdays - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 22,000 won (adult), 17,000 won (child). From 4 p.m., 30% off. Weekends – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 28,000 won (adult), 22,000 won (child). From 4 p.m., 30% off.
Under 24 months is free (You need to bring proof of how old your child is.)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (They don’t open the pool on weekdays from September to May)
Discounts: KB Card (including check card) - four people, 20% off
Samsung Card four people - 10% off
KEB Card, four people - 10% off
Homepage: www.fseason.co.kr (in Korean)
This place is huge. They have lots of attractions like water slides, an aqua playground and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. This one is only reachable by car; no public transportation.
Location: Paju, in Gyeonggi Province
Price: From July 15 to August 15 - 39,000 won (adult), 30,000 won (child)
After August 15 - 29,000 won (adult), 22,000 won (child)
Under 36 months is free (Once again, proof of the child’s age is needed)
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Discounts: Shinhan Card – 2 people, 20% off
Hyundae M Point Card – 1 person 40% off
Homepage: www.kksland.co.kr (in Korean)
Woongjin Play City
As the name suggests, this place is basically a city. There you’ll find neighborhoods with names such as Water City, Snow City, Golf City and Kids’ City. You can go there by subway and bus.
Location: Line 1, Bugae Station, exit 2. Take the 579 or 79 bus. Get off at Bupyeong Information Industry High School. It’s also accessible from Songnae Station, exit 2. Take the 96 bus. Get off Bupyeong Information Industry High School
Price: 40,000 won (adult), 30,000 won (child)
After 4 p.m. - 25,000 won (adult), 20,000 won (child)
Under 36 months is free (Proof needed)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Discounts: Shinhan, KB, Samsung, KEB, and Lotte cards (not BC cards – sorry) Weekdays 25% off / Weekends 20% (up to 4 people)
SKT Card - 40% for 1 person (Only if you have enough points)
Homepage: www.playdoci.com (in Korean and in English)
This is a part of Everland. This place is also huge and very popular. Around this place, there are many kinds of accommodation. You can enjoy what Koreans call “one bak, two il” (a 2 day, 1 night trip).
Location: Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. You can go there by bus
Price: 50,000 won (adult), 39,000 won (child). After 2:30 p.m., 42,000 won (adult), 33,000 won (child)
Under 36 months is free. (Proof needed)
Hours: It depends on the date, but usually 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Discounts: Samsung, BC, KEB, KB, HanaSk, NH, Citibank and Hyundae Cards – 30 to 50% off
Homepage: www.everland.com (in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)