Everland is Korea's representative theme park, offering up attractions galore along with a variety of animals, a mix of an amusement park and zoo. The thrilling rollercoasters draw in students and those young at heart, while the cute animals and colorful parades delight children and seniors. The garden, beautiful with seasonal blossoms throughout the year, is a popular photo attraction for couples. Let's head to Everland, where everyone can have fun, regardless of age or stage in life!
Everland can be even more fun and enjoyable with a little prior know-how! We've gathered the most important tips and bits of info for tourists to know before heading to Everland.
In order to make your trip to Everland as enjoyable as possible, it's recommended to make a simple plan of the attractions you would like to see in advance. The park is large enough that an entire day can be wasted running around without a course decided in advance. There are four main courses for enjoying Everland; choose the theme you enjoy most or mix and match!
Set out on an Everland adventure, seeing a menagerie of animals up close and personal! Lost Valley provides a safari tour on an amphibian car, able to drive over land and float on water, through a garden that is home to over 150 animals. The tour includes elephants, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs and more, but perhaps the most memorable event is looking into the large and kind eyes of the gentle giraffes.
Safari World offers more excitingly savage beasts, ranging from big cats like lions and tigers to brown bears. Aboard a strongly reinforced bulletproof bus, you can enjoy a safe yet thrilling experience, seeing dangerous animals relaxing just beyond the windows.
Everland is special in that it is home to rare white tigers and white lions, animals not easily-found at other zoos. Other attractions of Safari World are the brown bears which show off their talents in exchange for snacks each time the bus passes.
You can meet internationally treasured giant pandas at Everland! The cute panda couple of Ai Bao and Le Bao are living a life of luxury and love, being pampered at Everland's Panda World. This zone uses advanced IT equipment to create a variety of fun and exciting ways to look in on the panda's daily life. You can see a 360-degree animated panda video upon entrance, and learn about these loveable creatures through the touch screens installed in the experience hall. Despite these attractions, the highlight of Panda World is fittingly seeing the pandas in person. The pandas draw all eyes with their slow movements while eating bamboo, cooling themselves on blocks of ice, or climbing up tiny trees – and sometimes falling out. You can also see lesser pandas on display in the outdoor enclosure.
Meet monkeys of every shape and color in the exclusive enclosures at Friendly Monkey Valley. Here, you can meet Japanese Macaque grooming each other's fur, squirrel monkeys carrying their babies on their backs as they climb among the trees, ring tailed lemurs bunching together to avoid the bright rays of the sun and other species of monkeys going about their daily lives. And you can't miss out on Jenny, the friendly orangutan who in turn plays jokes and then exhibits her charms to her visitors.
The penguins, fennec foxes, parrots, and other animals of Zootopia can be seen with the park-wide admission ticket, excluding the areas of Lost Valley, Safari World, and a few other areas.
It would be a misjudgment to think all Everland has to offer is a zoo. The park is home to the nation's most thrilling attraction, the T-Express! This wooden rollercoaster with a drop angle of 77 degrees reaches speeds of up to 104km per hour and is a must-ride for daredevils. On summer days, the most popular rides are the ones that leave you soaking, like the raft ride of Thunder Falls and the Amazon Express. Other thrilling rides include Robot VR, a 6 meter-tall robot that spins its arms freely in all directions, Hurricane, Columbus Adventure, Double Rock Spin and more.
If you're at Everland during the afternoon, be sure to catch one of the lively parades taking place throughout the day. The main parade show is Carnival Fantasy Parade, offering a glimpse of three festivals in one. The first is the excitement and passion of a Samba carnival, the second is a representation of the Venice carnival in Italy, and the third is a Caribbean carnival, bringing to mind Everland's water park, Caribbean Bay.
If you miss out on Carnival Fantasy Parade, there is still a chance to enjoy exciting performances and shows. After the sun goes down, the night lights up with grand fireworks and colorful floats in the Moonlight Parade. Another night performance not to be missed is Jukebox: The Musical, a large-scale firework show put on nightly.
Many visitors to Everland enjoy taking photos at Four Seasons Garden and Rose Garden. Starting with tulips in spring and roses in summer and continuing to colorful chrysanthemums in fall, the gardens are beautiful all year round. At night, hundreds of LED roses create an even more romantic mood.
The most popular photo spot in the gardens is before the Romantic Tower Tree, a grand 26 meter-tall decorative tower installed to celebrate the park's 40 year anniversary. Families with children can often be seen around the garden's fountain play area, with the children cooling off in the water shooting straight out of the ground. Everland’s signature multimedia show, “Lenny’s Fantasy World,” starts on March 16. Be sure to catch if when you visit!
* This column was last updated in March 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check with the official website before visiting.