Everland (the happiest place in Korea!)

In all of South Korea, is there any happier place than Everland? I think not.

Before I begin this entry, I should remind you all that I’m still in Suwon, South Korea. More about that (if you care) on the Bio page.


Everland Entrance



Now then, I am a pretty big fan of Disneyland. As a matter of fact, I’m about 5 years old on the inside; so I’m a pretty big fan of anything designed to appeal to kids. I guess you should bear that in mind when you read this, since the epic awesome that I’m about to describe might not be quite as amazing to a proper adult.



Me and tulips



First, Everland has rollercoasters! Who doesn’t like to be twirled around and terrifying angles and high speeds? T-Express, one of the coasters you can ride at Everalnd, is actually the largest wooden rollercoaster in the world. However, if you have small children or are afraid of that feeling in your stomach just after a rollercoaster reaches the top of a hill and just before it goes down, fear not! They have smaller and less frightening rides for you, too. It’s like Disneyland in that it’s a theme-park that has a little something for everyone.



T-Express




For example, maybe you love animals. In that case, you’ll want to take the safari ride and see the Lions and Tigers. They even have a Liger, which seems to be what happens when a Lion and a Tiger really love each other. I’m not a huge fan of such things, and was more entertained by the pretty birds. I love colorful stuff because, as I said before, I really am about 5 on the inside.



Pretty Birds




Evrland also has a positively amazing garden. It’s really big, and really beautiful. I highly recommend taking a stroll through it and enjoying whatever is in season. It just so happened that when I visited, that was tulips. However, if you go in the summer, I’m told the roses are breath-taking.



The gardens



It really doesn’t matter if you have kids or if you just go on your own. You’ll find something you love at Everland. Also, for you English-speakers, nearly everything is in both English and Korean, so you don’t have to worry about seeing neat animals and not being able to figure out what they are called.



Is one of these King Julian?



To get there from Suwon station, the nice ladies at the tourism office assured me that there are city buses which are cheap. I guess I could have done that, but I didn’t want to. So, I went down to the taxi stand and asked to be taken to Everland (in English). The cab driver knew right where to go and it wasn’t that expensive. I think I paid 25,000 Won, which I considered well worth it.



House in the little kid's area



Oh, and I should mention that the tickets to get into the park are about 35,000 Won. So, it’s cheaper than Disneyland, as well as being totally fantastic.



Overall shot



Rollercoaster rides are still cool

Summer fun in the Valley can include rollercoasters and cotten candy!

 

Castles N' Coasters
Castles N' Coasters

 

I often forget about the water parks, miniature golf courses, and amusement parks we have here in Phoenix. I guess it’s not the sort of thing a person does every day, so it’s easy to forget about. Still, it’s summer and that’s the time of year to grab some cotton candy and go on a log ride, right?

With that in mind; check out Castles N’ Coasters near Metro Center Mall in west Phoenix.

 Castles and Coasters is ideal if you have small children because it’s not overwhelming large, so they can’t wander far. It’s also centrally located, so no matter where you are in the Valley, it’s not too long of a drive.

 As always, please remember sunscreen. This is Arizona people! I see too many of you with killer sunburns after a day floating down the Salt River or out on one of our many lakes. Remember sunscreen, and remember to re-apply it often.