One of the first things people think of when summer comes to mind is fun in the water, whether it is at a river, lake, or the beach. It’s not easy, however, to fully enjoy those activities within an urban area. This article will introduce Korea’s top water parks designed to let you get your fill of water fun within the city, as well as a few 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, with waves reaching up to 2.4 meters high, and the Mega Storm, a 355 meter-long exhilarating water slide that offers an adrenaline rush that you can’t get anywhere else. Visitors looking for even more thrills can try out the Aqua Loop, rushing down at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour before ending with an 18 meter drop!
Onemount Water Park in Gyeonggi-do’s Ilsan features an indoor water park on the fourth and fifth floors of the building, along with outdoor facilities on the seventh story rooftop! From here, visitors can 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 fourth floor, and rides for adults are located on the seventh floor.
One of the most popular rides is Sky Boomerango, a ride that starts from atop a tall tower. Riders get in a two-person tube to shoot down before being launched into the air off a ramp to fall 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 meter-high slide.
Located in Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Sealala 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 via subway. The place is famous for its 140 meter-long lazy river, beach pool where visitors can splash around, 20 meter-long speedy water slide, and 32 meter-long mat slide. It’s also a perfect spot for family with children, as Aqua Kidsland within the water park offers kid-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 springs city, Termeden is a hot spring resort complex that is popular for its high-quality water and luxurious facilities. Although 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, with natural ingredients such as ginseng, rice, and honey added in each spa to provide various unique health benefits. Termeden has recently undergone a renewal and is scheduled to reopen in July 2019.
Woongjin Playdoci Waterdoci, located in the metropolitan city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, is an indoor theme park open all year round, regardless of the weather! In addition to water park standards, such as a wave pool, lazy river, and water slides, the park also includes a kids’ zone with rides perfect for small children, and a spa zone for people looking to relax. The spa zone offers bade pools with a variety of water jet massage options that help ease fatigue and provide health benefits to the skin. Adults and kids alike are bound to get their fill of fun with the seasonal event pools and outdoor Sunny Park during the summer.
Splas Resom is a popular water park year round, thanks to the use of 49°C Germanium-rich water in their 20-some spa pools. The exhilarating Master Blaster is a thriller-ride that propels you down a three-story water chute in just four seconds. The spa has recently undergone a renewal and will open again June 29, 2019.
Seorak Waterpia is one of the most popular summer retreat destinations on the East Coast. With the stunning scenery of Seoraksan Mountain serving as a 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 meter-long water slide with a sharp drop and a 360-degree turn, Torrent River, and Family Raft.
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. The park is divided into Indoor Zone, Wave Pool Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and the Mega Slide Zone with each section offering amusement of its own. The Indoor Zone has various pools and slides, a jjimjilbang, and a therapy center. At Surfing Mountain in the Extreme Zone, people can experience exciting thrills with waves as high as 2.4 meters.
Gimhae Lotte Water Park in Gyeongsangnam-do features custom-designed, Polynesian-themed water slides and pools. The water park boasts some of Korea’s largest pool facilities, including the 135 meter-long outdoor wave pool, 38 meter-long indoor wave pool, and a huge 118 meter-long Tornado Slide, among other attractions. A special treat at this water park is the zip line, available for an additional fee. Riders fly over 389 meters at a fast speed straight towards the wave pool for a trip that is both trilling and refreshing!
* This column was last updated in June 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.