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Seoul Family Travel: Everland Theme Park

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Known as South Korea’s largest theme park, Everland certainly has every activity and every ride imaginable, guaranteed to excite the thrill-seekers and put a smile on every park-goer’s face.

I was torn between choosing to go to Lotte World Theme Park and Everland. I’m pretty sure a lot of other travelers, especially those traveling with younger kids, are in the same predicament. We only had 6 full days in Seoul and with a jam-packed itinerary, I can only squeeze in one full day at a theme park. More often, families would choose to go to Lotte World because of its location. But allow me to share with you on this post my family’s experience (including how to get to there) and see why Everland should be on your itinerary.

I have visited Lotte World before during my first trip to Seoul and so it was a natural choice for me to want to go to Everland on my next trip. We, however, are traveling with a 3-year old girl, who’s happiness and comfort are always our top priority. Lotte World seems to be the obvious choice. But I want to make sure that every member of our family gets to enjoy the things that we individually like. My thrill-seeking husband who would always try the most daring ride at every theme park we visit, lots of kiddie rides that my now 3-foot kid can enjoy, and me, the mother who doesn’t particularly care for the crazy roller coasters but instead would take a million photos for the family album.

I’ve asked the experts at TripAdvisor for well, their advice. Most have suggested Lotte World because it’s more accessible than any of the other theme parks. We have been told that it would take at least 1.5 hours to go to Everland (including the many train transfers) and our kid might get bored or too tired because of the travel. Another plus point for Lotte World is half of it is an indoor park. No need to worry about weather conditions. It also has a fair good amount of kid-friendly rides and directly connected to a mall. With so many pros, why am I still longing to go to Everland?

After much deliberation, my husband and I finally made the decision to choose Everland. The next step was buying our tickets online and finding the best way to travel to/from the park.

I was about to purchase shuttle bus tickets from Klook, including our theme park tickets, when after deeper research, I found out that Trazy.com has an even better offer for us. Klook’s shuttle service would require us to board the bus at the Gangnam Station while Trazy’s service (Everland’s official shuttle vendor) has a pickup option in Myeongdong, just a 5-minute walk from our guesthouse! The park ticket rates pretty much the same so we booked the ticket+shuttle package from Trazy.com. So convenient!

(At the time of posting, Klook is now offering a similar shuttle service that includes a discounted Everland Ticket. I’ll be providing the details and links of their services on this post so you know your options!)

The pickup schedule time for Myeongdong was 9:40 AM but passengers are required to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time. We arrived about 9:30 AM, I showed the bus organizer a screenshot of our voucher, he looked for our names and gave us our “ticket” for our 6:30 PM ride home. We left Myeongdong as soon as all confirmed passengers have arrived (about 9:35 AM) and we’re on our way to Everland!


Everland Regular Park Ticket Rates:

Adult – ₩54,000
Child – ₩43,000
Under 36 months – Free

*Some of the attractions inside the park will require an additional fee (such as the Safari World Special Tour and Kizcovery playground regardless of where you bought your park tickets.

Klook’s Everland Options:

Everland (Ticket Only)

Everland Roundtrip Shuttle Service
Pickup Stations: Yeongdeungpo Station, Sindorim Station, Sinnonhyeon Station or Gangnam Station

Everland Full Day Package (Ticket + Roundtrip Shuttle Service)
Enjoy Everland from opening until closing time (Shuttle departs 15 minutes after closing)
Pickup Stations: Myeongdong Station, Hongik University Station (Hongdae) or Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

Trazy.com’s Everland Options:

Everland (Ticket Only)

Everland Roundtrip Shuttle Service (Seoul/Suwon <> Everland)
Pickup Stations: Hongik University Station (Hongdae), Myeongdong Station, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Seoul Station, Sinchon Station, Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station, Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Suwon Station

Everland Full Day Package (Ticket + Roundtrip Shuttle Service)
Enjoy Everland from opening until closing time (Shuttle departs 15 minutes after closing)
Pickup Stations: Myeongdong Station, Hongik University Station (Hongdae) or Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

Everland Shuttle Bus Package (Ticket + Roundtrip Evening/Night Shuttle Bus Service)
Pickup Stations: Hongik University Station (Hongdae), Myeongdong Station, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Seoul Station, Sinchon Station, Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station, Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Suwon Station

* Rates vary depending on the season and current exchange rate so it’s best to check each option on your preferred travel date to know the most updated rates.
** Park tickets can be booked on the day itself for you will be given instant confirmation (QR code will be emailed to you within a few minutes) but the shuttle service (and the Everland Full Package) would need to be booked a day in advance.
*** Your Everland ticket comes with free admission to the Hoam Art Museum (same day) located inside Everland Resort. There is a shuttle that can take you between the museum and the park. 


Remember when I told you that it would take 1.5 hours to get to Everland. With Trazy.com’s direct shuttle (no other stops after Myeongdong), we arrived in Everland in just 40 minutes! I guess when they said that it would take 1.5 hours, they also counted train travel and walking time from central Seoul, to the Gangnam Shuttle Bus Station and the bus ride itself to Everland.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park trazy bus

Just a few steps away from the shuttle bus parking lot is Everland Shuttle’s pickup station. We boarded the next bus and in 5 minutes, we arrived at the entrance of the park.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park shuttle bus

Because my child was technically less than 36 months old the day we went to Everland (it was the day before her third birthday), we didn’t purchase an advance ticket for her. Discounted rates from Klook and Trazy are for adult tickets only anyway, so we decided not to buy her a ticket and just confirm directly with Everland to see if she needs one. And if she does, we still have the option to purchase a regular child park ticket for her anyway, only about $8.00 more than the discounted adult tickets so not a big deal.

And so, yes, we entered the park with no incident. The ticket officer just scanned the two QR codes I saved on my phone and we’re in! No lines at the entrance since we were early.

Right by the entrance are these guide maps that will help you navigate this huge theme park.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park guide map

Welcome to Everland!

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park tree
Magic Tree

Spring has just ended and it was the start of summer so the weather was absolutely perfect! The sun is out but it’s not scorching hot. It was cool and not too humid.

The flowers are in full bloom everywhere! Such a pretty sight!

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park yellow and orange flowers

There are plenty of people already in the park but it’s not overly crowded. I convinced my husband to ride the T Express first so we don’t have to worry about more people queuing for the ride later.

We boarded the Sky Cruise to take us down to where the T Express is. Families with strollers need not worry because you can take your stroller with you, you just need to fold it up.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park sky cruiser

But first, we rode the Royal Jubilee Carousel. Every child’s favorite amusement park ride.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park lake

We intentionally came on a Friday, even if it was not my daughter’s actual birthday, so we can avoid the crazy weekend crowd.

Since it was not even 11:00 AM, some shops and restaurants were still closed. It was nice to stroll and take in the surroundings without the crowd.

Surprise, surprise! There’s an 80-minute wait already for the T Express ride. I guess everybody had the same plan! We left my husband here so he can enjoy the wait (haha!) and the ride. My daughter and I spent the next hour and a half strolling, checking out the souvenir shops, taking photos and eating ice cream.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park t express line

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park t-express view

This area right in front of T-Express has carnival-style games but I’ve never had luck with those so I skipped that!

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park alpine carnival

Pretty colors everywhere!

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park umbrellas on display
Aesop Umbrella Alley

As soon as my husband finished the ride, we went hunting for lunch. Most restaurants open at 11:30 AM. There are plenty of restaurants and food to choose from but my husband saw KFC when we were on the Sky Cruise so that was the plan. We had trouble finding it though so we settled for China Moon, which is near the Royal Jubilee Carousel.

We ordered Spicy Seafood Soup, Cantonese Chicken Fried Rice (not pictured) and Chicken Wings and Fries for the little girl. My husband liked the Seafood Soup so I ended up eating the Chicken Fried Rice. I intentionally did not include the photo because it did not look appetizing (black sauce and all that). The food was just okay but a little pricey. Our total bill came up to ₩27,000.

My rating: 6.5/10

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park lennys tree house
Lenny’s Tree House

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park falls

We came in at a time where Mamonde hosted the Everland Rose Garden. Mamonde is one of Korea’s popular skincare and cosmetics brand.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park mamonde rose garden

The roses, in shades of white, pink and red, were in full bloom. I think if we came in a week earlier, we would have seen perfectly bloomed roses.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park rose garden

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park red roses

We also passed by the Holland Village, which has restaurants with outdoor seating.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park holland village

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park holland village

The Sky Way can take you back up to the American Adventure from the European Adventure, as the Sky Cruise.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park
Sky Way

Next, it’s time to see the animals at Zoo Topia!

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park birds
Inside Bug’s Garden

The line for Lost Valley was long and the staff had no idea how long the waiting time is so we decided to just skip that.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park lost village

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park friendly ranch

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park duck water fountain

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo flamingo
Flamingos

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo penguin

Our little girl was very excited to see many animals up close. Zoo Topia is definitely her favorite part of Everland. She had fun identifying the animals and just couldn’t wait to see the next one!

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo panda world

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo panda kgb
Me and my lovely 🙂

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo panda life information

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park zoo

After covering all areas of Zoo Topia, we went back up to American Adventure.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park stores

Kizcovery is a nature and animal-themed indoor playground for young children. Infants (up to 12 months old) are free of charge and toddlers (up to 36 months old) are charged ₩5,000 (no fee for the parent/guardian). It is a timed-entry playground and the children are given 45 minutes per entry to play.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park kizcovery

My daughter absolutely loved running around and playing with the different slides and figures inside this playground.

There is also a small play area exclusively for infants so that they won’t be bothered by the older kids running around and there’s also a cafe inside the playground.

We still had about an hour to spare before we need to leave the park for our 6:30 PM shuttle back to Seoul. We went back to Magic Land where most of the kiddie rides are.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park roller coaster

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park kgb

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme park

I mentioned that we were scheduled to take the 6:30 PM shuttle back to Seoul, right? Well, we missed the bus. We left the park itself right on time BUT we boarded the Everland Shuttle going to Parking Lot 1 instead of Parking Lot 4/5. My husband and I did not see that there were two boarding stations in front of the park entrance and just went straight ahead to the one with a waiting bus.

So yeah, imagine our surprise when the bus U-turned and headed back to the park. We already knew then that we missed the bus going back to Seoul but we decided to still check anyway and see our options. Fortunately, there was a private car driver from the same company who was about to leave, and he told us that we can just take the 9:30 PM bus.

Seoul Family Travel Everland theme parking area trazy bus

I guess it was kind of a blessing in disguise that we missed the bus because we got 3 extra hours to enjoy the park. Truth be told, we were already thinking of staying until closing time because there were still so much to see and do at the park but we just weren’t sure how to take the public transportation back to Seoul.

We were almost denied re-entry because we didn’t have any stamp on our wrists proving that we just came from the park. Fortunately, we bought a souvenir photo from Panda World so that kinda proved that it wasn’t the first time we are entering the park that day.

We left the park before 9:00 PM because we want to avoid the crowd leaving the park and taking the Everland Shuttle plus weren’t sure if the bus back to Seoul is full. And well, you know, we don’t want to miss it again! Even though we got lucky that they still honored our return ride, I wouldn’t recommend you take the risk like us and instead I would advise you to just book the last bus ride possible. Trust me, one day is not enough to enjoy the whole of Everland! There are still several rides that we had to skip and we were not able to try because we ran out of time.

We left the park at exactly 9:40 PM and with a little highway traffic, we were back in Myeongdong an hour later.

Even though it was a Friday, the park was not crowded. And for most of the rides, you don’t need to wait for longer than 30 minutes (except for the T Express). I am glad we made the choice to come to Everland. My family enjoyed everything that Everland has to offer, and my daughter especially loved the zoo and the kiddie rides. It was a fun-filled day for the entire family!

Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Seoul Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.

4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)
Seoul Hotels
Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
AREX Incheon Airport Express Train to Seoul Station (One Way)
Discover Seoul Pass
T-Money Card (Pre-loaded with KRW5,000)
Korean Rail Pass

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Seoul Travel Diary Series:

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Korean Skincare Shopping Haul
Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong
N Seoul Tower
Myeongdong Street Food
Namdaemun Market and Kalguksu Alley
Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea
Eland Han River Cruise
Dongdaemun Toy Market
30 Best Activities to do in Seoul with Kids
Photo Gallery: Seoul, South Korea

Helpful Links:
Everland Official Website
Everland Guide Map
Klook Booking Website
Trazy.com Booking Website


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