When the Olympic Games were held in Seoul 1988, the country gained attention from around the world as an important rising economy in Asia. The summer games allowed the construction of several infrastructures and facilities around the venue to entertain international participants and guests. One of these facilities was Seoul Land in Gwacheon; Seoul’s first theme park that was completed just before the Olympics.
Seoul Land is divided into five themed areas, which are World Plaza, Adventure Land, Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land and Samchulli Land. World Plaza or World Square features the unique architectural styles of several countries, as well as a number of folk items from around the world. Strolling within this area allows visitors to “travel” around the world. At the center of the plaza is “Earth-A Star”, which symbolizes Seoul Land.
Adventure Land offers several challenging adventure rides set in a village that represents the old American West. Tomorrow Land, on the other hand, is a futuristic world that shows the mysteries of the Universe; while Samchulli Land represents a traditional Korean folk village, and offers cultural performances that depict Korean traditions. Scattered around these themed areas are forty different thrilling rides, such as Space Cruise, Black Hole 2000, Galaxy Train, Rapid Current Ride, and Magic Carpenter. Other fun facilities include Adventure Theater, Movie Theater, and Story Land, just to name a few.
Seoul Land also hosts a number of seasonal all-year-round events and festivals, such as the Tulip Festival (April to May), Starlight Rose Festival (July to August), Chrysanthemum Festival (September to October), and Snow Light Festival (December to February). The park grounds are so wide that it can host these major national festivals and accommodate 50,000 guests per day. Also, a Laser Show is offered in the evenings. The park also contains the Seoul Grand Park, Forest Bath Resort, and National Modern Art Center.
Other rides and attractions include Sky X (or Bungee Swing), Shot X Drop, Top Spin, Elephant Train, King Viking, World Cup, Haunted Cave, Adventure Zone, Samcheolli Theater, Venice Theaters and a couple of game zones. A swimming pool is also made available in summer and a snow sled park in winter. Also available within the park are snack bars, picnic areas spots, restaurants, souvenir shops, guest information centers, first aid areas, nurseries, baby stroller rentals, storage lockers, and ATMs.
Seoul Land is open every day throughout the year from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and sometimes as late as 10:00 p.m. Admission is 800 won for adults, 600 won for teens and 500 won for children. Stroller rental is 3,000 won; wheelchair rental is free. Pets are not allowed inside.
To reach Seoul Land, visitors may simply take the subway going to Seoul Grand Park Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 2. For those driving to the park, there are two available parking lots: East Gate parking lot, which can accommodate 1,300 cars, and Rose Hill parking lot with 300 parking spaces. Parking fees are 20,000 won for buses, 10,000 won for regular cars, and 5,000 won for small cars.