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Our day two itinerary is dedicated to Everland theme park. For those of you who may not have heard of it, it’s South Korea’s largest theme park owned by Samsung. Other than Everland, there’s also Lotte World which was claimed to be the world’s largest indoor theme park. We opted to only visit Everland as Lotte World is more suitable for the little ones.

Our journey started at Myeongdong Station. We went train-changing until we got off at the Bundang Lane at Giheung station. From there, you may walk to the Everline station and get off at Jeondae–the last station after about fourteen stops. Do note that after you alight at Jeondae, you’ll have to cross a long overhead bridge to get to the shuttle stop. Shuttle bus is for free and takes only about 10 minutes.

Everland, just like any other theme park, has the typical fun and exciting rides–roller coasters, water attractions, name it. It’s divided into five zones, each with its own distinct themes: Zoo-topia, European Adventure, Global Fair, Magic Land, and American Adventure. Whatever your idea of fun is, there’s surely something in store for you.

If you're like me who loves going for the most thrilling rides, then the notorious T-Express would be your favorite! It’s located in the European Adventure zone and named as the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster. If you think you haven’t had enough of roller coasters yet, then you should definitely give this one a shot.

Our visit was a perfect timing as I witnessed two of my most favorite things: giraffes and tulips. My heart can’t help but jump for joy besides being enthralled by the display of beautiful buildings, rides, and attractions. Everland was worth it, worth it all!

It was a beautiful Spring day in Everland. We had enough; we had everything we needed to achieve our ideal kind of fun: the temperature was at 20 degrees and the sun had its occasional peek from the clouds.


*As of July 2016 
Everland Resort
199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do

Operating hours: 
Weekdays 10:00-22:00 / Saturdays 10:00-20:00 / Sundays, Public holidays 9:30-22:00 

One day pass for adults is at KRW 52,000 per pax and KRW 41,000 for children. 
Extra charges still apply for coin-operated rides, rental, animal rides, and special exhibitions. 
There’s discount coupons for foreigners, you may check the site for more info: www.everland.com

EVERYDAY IS A HOLIDAY

If you’ve travelled to certain cities around the world, it’s a fair bet that you’ve encountered the romantic gesture of leaving padlocks on bridges and iron fences. Young and old lovers engrave their names onto a padlock and fasten them to render their unbreakable bond for all of eternity. South Korea, Seoul particularly, made its way to have this practice, too.

Located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul is N Seoul Tower. You’d perch atop an observation deck overlooking the most-breathtaking 360 view of Seoul. Upon it, lies what they call “The Locks of Love”. You’ll find millions of colorful padlocks–inscribed by pen, some with pictures, doodles, and stickers.

Taking in this short experience and heart-felt emotions, I couldn’t help but find a dream in it all. Mababaw lang ako and these things for me are enough to be called impressive.

In case you’re interested, the entrance fee is at KRW 10,000 for adults and KRW 8,000 for the children and elderly.

Have you been to N Seoul Tower and Locks of Love as well? Tell me about your experience! :)

LOCK IT UP WITH LOVE

By far one of the most romantic places I’ve ever had the chance to explore and experience–Nami Island is such a breath of fresh air.

The trip to the island via private bus took more than two hours from Incheon International Airport. We made our way straight after a red-eye flight without a wink of deep sleep and bladder-breaks.

Once there, you’d have to take a 10-minute ferry ride to reach the island. Visa fee in KRW is at 8,000. Another option is via the Zip-wire for KRW 38,000–already inclusive of the entrance fee.

You’ve probably heard of this place. Nami Island was made popular by the Korean drama “Winter Sonata” and typically welcomes hordes of visitors–foreign and local alike. So much has been said about it but akin to its popularity, its unspoken charm and beauty seem underrated. South Korea sure knows how to make a good first impression.

Obviously, we spent most of our time taking photos. The entire area was photogenic in every angle, quite enough to offer vacant spots unoccupied by tourists.

I have no idea how it looks in other seasons, but Spring in Nami almost made me want to live there forever. It’s so serene and magical that I couldn’t help imagine if there’s any season besides Spring that would make it look more beautiful than what it is.

It’s gonna be autumn in Korea in three months, and I’d give anything to be back in Nami Island. Wishing I could hop on a plane, bring Jerrell along, and be back in South Korea in an instant to see all of these again.

SPRING IN NAMI

SAGADA

BORACAY

BATU CAVES

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