One of the first things people think of when summer comes to mind is fun with water, whether it is at a river, a lake, or a beach. It’s not easy, however, to fully enjoy those activities within a city or an urban area. This article will introduce Korea’s top water parks designed to let you get your fill of water fun without having to leave town, including other options great for overnight trips.
Caribbean Bay, a water park located just outside of Seoul in the city of Yongin, holds the titles of both the first and the largest water park in the country. Caribbean Bay can accommodate up to 20,000 people, and has five themed zones that include indoor pools, outdoor pools, spas, water rides, water slides, and many other amusement facilities.
The most popular attractions at the water park are the exciting wave pool that rises as high as 2.4 m and the Mega Storm, a 355 m long exhilarating water slide that offers a full minute of intense adrenaline rush that you can’t get anywhere else.
☞ Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)
Onemount Water Park in Gyeonggi-do’s Ilsan is a four-story structure with a seven-story rooftop that lets visitors look down on the various slides and attractions in the park, as well as the nearby Ilsan Lake Park. Most of the attractions for children are on the 4th level, and rides for adults are located on the 7th floor.
One of the most popular rides is Sky Boomerango, a 50 m high ride that has tubes for two people to shoot down then back up again, then finally plunging into a water pool at the end. In addition, the next-door attraction Cola Ride is another must for thrill-seekers, which will give you an unforgettable memory of free falling thanks to its near-vertical 10 m high slide.
☞ Address: 300, Halluyworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)
Located in Mullae-dong of Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Sealala Spa & Water Park is a place where Seoulites can enjoy water fun any time of the year. Although it is not as big as other water parks in Korea, it boasts an exotic Greece-themed décor and offers easy access, as it is directly connected to the subway.
The place is famous for its 140 m long lazy river, beach pool where visitors can splash around, 20 m long speedy water slide, and 32 m long pool mat slide. It’s also a perfect spot for family with children, as Aqua Kidsland within the water park offers kids friendly attractions such as kids water slides, piano fountain, and more.
Historically frequented by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, the hot springs of Icheon are well known for their excellent water quality. Located in this famed hot spring city of Icheon, Termeden is a hot spring resort complex that is popular for its high-quality water and luxurious facilities. Though the park has various pools, spas, and slides, one of the most famous attractions at Termeden is the Bade Pool. The themed hot spring pools are highly recommended, since the natural ingredients added in each spa (ginseng, rice, honey, etc.) are said to provide various unique health benefits.
☞ Address: 988, Sasil-ro, Mogamyeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)
Woongjin Playdoci, a very unique indoor theme park, is located not far from Seoul in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. In addition to having basic pool facilities, Woongjin Playdoci Waterdoci, which is the central area of the venue, includes Kids Zone and diverse entertaining water slides. The Spa Zone offers bade pools with a variety of water jet massage options that help ease fatigue and provide skin benefits. Adults and kids alike are bound to get their fill of fun with the seasonal event pools and outdoor Sunny Park during the summer.
☞ Address: 2, Jomaru-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)
Resom Spa Castle (Chunchunhyang) represents one of Korea's best hot spring theme parks, thanks to the widespread fame of its therapeutic Germanium-rich water, which is maintained at 49°C. Located in Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, Resom Spa Castle's hot spring facility Chunchunhyang is open all year round.
Looking for a thrill? Try the water park's famous water slides: the exhilarating Master Blaster and the Speed Slide, a thriller-ride that propels you down a three-story water chute in just four seconds. For some fun that's slightly less intense, check the outdoors to enjoy over 20 hot spring water park facilities and open-air pools.
☞ Address: 45-7, Oncheondanji 3-ro, Deoksan-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (more info)
Seorak Waterpia is the most popular destination on the East Coast. With the stunning scenery of Seoraksan Mountain serving as a beautiful backdrop, this place offers the latest in water amusement facilities and hot spring water spas.
If you are looking for fun and thrills, check out the water slides and wave pools. Popular rides in this action-packed park include World Alley, a 260 m long water slide with a sharp drop and a 360-degree turn, Torrent River, and Family Raft.
☞ Address: 88, Misiryeong-ro 2983beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do (more info)
Vivaldi Park Ocean World is situated among the beautiful ancient forests of Hongcheon in Gangwon-do. The water park has an Egyptian theme throughout, and contains replicas of the Sphinx, pyramids, obelisks, and other decorative touches. Divided into various “zones” — Indoor Zone, Wave Pool Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and the Mega Slide Zone — each section of the water park offers amusement of its own. The Indoor Zone has various pools and slides, a jjimjilbang, and a therapy center. In the Extreme Zone, people can experience exciting thrills with waves as high as 2.4 m.
☞ Address: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seomyeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do (more info)
Opened in May 2014, Gimhae Lotte Water Park in Gyeongsangnam-do features custom-designed, Polynesian-themed water slides and pools. The water park boasts Korea’s largest pool facilities, including the 135 m long outdoor wave pool, 35 m long indoor wave pool, and a huge 118 m long Tornado Slide, among other attractions.
☞ Address: 555, Jangyu-ro, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (more info)
* This column was last updated on July 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.