17 Best Korean Amusement Parks
Korea is a country with an almost uncountable number of attractions. From the markets that line many streets in Seoul to the palaces and historical landmarks that dominate much of the city, there is always something to see. But, perhaps even more importantly, there is always something to do!
One of these many activities worth doing is visiting a Korean amusement park (or two or three!). Although amusement parks are hardly unique to Korea, some parks in Korea are unlike those that you can find elsewhere.
Being a relatively small country with a high population density, Korea has a few advantages regarding amusement parks. Firstly, there is a wide range of parks – this list doesn’t even include them all! Secondly, since the country is relatively small, many amusement parks are located within an hour’s drive of Seoul.
This makes Korea a great country to visit for anyone who loves amusement parks. Even if you’re visiting Korea for other reasons, it’s well worth visiting one of the parks on this list if you get the chance. They’re great for families and individual travellers alike!
With that being said, let’s take a look at the best amusement parks in South Korea! Although this list isn’t exhaustive, it includes all the best amusement parks you’ll want to add to your itinerary, given a chance!
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Types of Amusement Parks in Korea
Korea has a surprising number of amusement parks for a relatively small country. This list alone includes over 15 amusement parks, and there are even some amusement parks I chose not to include. With this massive range of amusement parks, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Amusement parks in Korea usually fall into three categories – major amusement parks, water parks, and minor amusement parks. Major amusement parks include the more typical parks you’re probably expecting. These are the likes of Everland and Lotte World.
Smaller amusement parks, such as Shinhwa Theme Park, Maze Land, and Aiins World, instead move the focus away from roller coasters and rides and tend to rely more on unique themes and atmospheres within their parks. If you’re seeking some adrenaline, these parks are not ideal. However, they’re perfect if you want a more relaxing day out and about!
Water parks can be found worldwide but are especially common and popular in South Korea. Water parks are essentially theme parks dedicated to water. If you don’t mind getting wet, you’ll find both exhilarating and calming experiences in these Korean amusement parks. Since you’ll naturally get wet at these parks, they’re mostly enjoyed during summer or the warmer spring and fall months.
Getting to Amusement Parks
One of the biggest difficulties travellers face when visiting Korean amusement parks is getting to them first! While some amusement parks are a breeze to navigate to – Lotte World is a great example – other amusement parks aren’t so effortless.
Amusement parks in or around cities are typically easy to navigate via public transport. E-World, Lotte World, Seoul Land, Seoul Children’s Grand Park, and Wolmi Theme Park are great examples of amusement parks that can be visited via public transport.
For amusement parks a bit further out of the way, you’ll need to either have private transport such as a rental car or hire a shuttle bus. For some amusement parks, shuttles are included in the price. For others, you will need to purchase a shuttle bus ticket.
Here are some amusement parks with shuttle services:
Amusement Park Discount Tickets
Are you looking for a discount at one of Korea’s many amusement parks? Luckily, it’s not hard to find discount tickets. Before you ask, they are totally legitimate! No need to worry there.
Purchasing tickets through the official park website or at the gates is a good way to pay more than you should. This becomes even more of an issue because many official websites are in Korean and require Korean credit or debit cards for payment.
Luckily, third-party websites offer discount tickets for almost every Korean amusement park on this list. The two sites I recommend checking out are Klook and Trazy. Both these sites offer large discounts on tickets and even offer combined packages with shuttle buses or other attractions.
Best Korean Amusement Parks
1. Lotte World
Lotte World is the most popular theme park in Korea. It has a handful of attractions such as the Lotte World Aquarium, an indoor AND an outdoor theme park, food and drink places, shopping areas at Lotte World Mall, and facilities for families with children. The location is easy to find because it’s near Lotte World Mall.
The major attraction of Lotte World is the adrenaline-pumping 540-degree indoor roller coaster ride called the “French Revolution.” Aside from that, it has not one but two outdoor roller coasters called the Gyro Swing and the Gyro Drop for all you thrill seekers.
In addition to roller coasters, you can try another popular attraction, Lotte World’s “air balloon” ride that encircles the entire Korean theme park with guaranteed captivating views from above! It is essentially a mini version of Disney World!
The highest point of Lotte Tower is the Skywalk. It’s an observatory that lets you see all of Seoul below your feet! The view is fantastic, but it’s not for those afraid of heights. If you’re looking for something less dangerous, there’s also a 4-D cinema where you can watch movies like Harry Potter and Iron Man in 3D with special effects like wind and bubbles!
Lotte World Mall is also a great place to shop. There are many shops and restaurants inside the mall that you can enjoy. For example, there’s a food court on the third floor with eight different stalls that serve various delicious Korean food!
|Regular Pass (9:30 AM – 10 PM)||₩36,000||₩29,000|
Tip – if you want to save money on tickets, check out Klook, where all-inclusive passes start at 41,000 for adults.
Tip #2 – Magic passes allow you to skip lines and only add a slight premium to the price.
Everland is the second-biggest amusement park in Korea, but it’s easy to miss because it looks like any other amusement park at first glance. You can’t tell what’s happening inside until you go through the gate and see all the rides, restaurants, and attractions around you.
The park is divided into two sections: a larger leisure area with restaurants and shops and an amusement park. The leisure area has a large fountain in the centre of the plaza where people can eat lunch or relax on one of the benches nearby.
The amusement park has a variety of rides for all ages. There are roller coasters, including the infamous T-express, water rides in their Caribbean Bay waterpark, and even an indoor haunted house! Most of the rides are geared towards children and inexperienced riders, but a few are more thrilling for older kids and adults.
One of the main highlights of this Korean amusement park is the zoo or “Zoo-Topia,” where visitors ride along a vehicle and go sightseeing some wildlife in action. Make sure you don’t miss out on the infamous Liger, which is literally half lion and half tiger!
Suppose you’re looking for an affordable weekend getaway that doesn’t require a passport or plane ticket. In that case, Everland is the place to go.
The park can be reached by subway from Seoul Station and Dongincheon Station, as well as buses running from other parts of the city.
Tip – if you want to save money on tickets, check out Klook. Day passes start at 41,000.
Tip #2 – If you don’t have a car, shuttle busses to Everland are available.
3. Ocean World
Image source: Klook
If you’re looking to cool down in the summer, there’s no better place to do it than at Korea’s premier water park – Ocean World! This massive outdoor park is located in Vivaldi Park and can be found situated about an hour’s drive east of Seoul. However, despite being located a distance from the capital city, the hour trip is worth the drive.
Ocean World caters to everyone, whether you’re looking for a calm day in the water or an extreme adrenaline rush. For a quiet day, check out the lazy river, which flows in a circle and is ideally suited for a lazy time! On the other hand, if you want something a bit more extreme, check out the tube rides near the back of the park.
Ocean World is a Korean amusement park that caters to all ages. Some rides have age and height requirements, but there are many other areas for people who don’t yet meet these requirements. Even if you’re not interested in the larger rides, there are many activities to check out, such as the water playground!
This amusement park is designed to look like an oasis in the Egyptian desert. Although the theme feels a bit out of place in the middle of South Korea, it’s an oasis worth visiting because it’s sure to be refreshing for you and your family!
If you’re missing any swimming clothes, you will be able to purchase them on sight. However, keep in mind you are likely to pay a premium if you buy any clothes on location. Further, there are restaurants and cafes located within for anyone wanting to spend a whole day at the park!
Tip – you can save ₩3000 on all tickets by getting an outdoor locker instead of an indoor locker.
Tip #2 – if you can’t find transport to Ocean World, consider a shuttle!
4. Caribbean Bay
Image Source: Klook
Caribbean Bay is the next best alternative if you can’t visit the Caribbean. This water park is located in the Everland Resort in Yongin but unlike Everland is a Korean amusement park dedicated to everything wet!
Despite being in the same resort as Everland, Caribbean Bay has a separate admission fee and is essentially a different amusement park. Considering the difference in attractions, there really are no similarities between Everland and Caribbean Bay other than location.
Caribbean Bay is divided into five separate areas, each with unique attractions that offer a ton of fun! The first section, the aquatic centre, is the indoor part of the water park. However, you’ll find a lot more than just swimming pools within this sizeable indoor area. With slides, wave pools, diving pools, saunas, and more, the indoor area of Caribbean bay is almost its own amusement park!
Outside, you will find the Sea Wave swimming pool, Bay Slide, Fortress, and Wild River. Across these zones, you will find pools, tube slides, water bobsleighs, wave pools, and even the world’s longest lazy river. Fantastic for the laziest day ever!
Now, you may be wondering – Caribbean Bay or Ocean World? Well, Ocean World is generally considered a bit better because it is newer and has more modern pools and facilities. However, Caribbean Bay is not a bad water park and is larger than Ocean World.
My recommendation – if you’re visiting only a water park, go for Ocean World. However, if you’re in Yongin or already visiting Everland, check out Caribbean Bay instead! It’s far more convenient and very similar to Ocean World!
|(mid) Summer (afternoon)||₩49,000||₩38,000|
|(other) Summer (afternoon)||₩42,000||₩33,000|
Tip – you can save money on tickets by purchasing from Klook!
5. Legoland Korea
Image source: Legoland Korea.
Legoland Korea Resort is a theme park based on the Lego brand, which opened just recently in 2022. It’s located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province. It is home to 40 rides, shows, and attractions, including roller coasters and the Lego Factory Adventure ride! There’s also a hotel, shopping centres, restaurants with the finest cuisines, and the Legoland Discovery Center.
Suppose you’re looking for an indoor theme park experience with plenty of kid-friendly attractions like rides and play areas that don’t require any height restrictions (or any other requirements). In that case, Legoland Korea is worth checking out.
Legoland Korea is a great place to take kids. It’s spotless, well organized, and has plenty of activities for kids of all ages. There’s also a water park on-site, so you can easily spend an entire day here without leaving.
There are a lot of rides and attractions here, so you can easily spend a whole day at Legoland Korea. The Korean theme park has quite a few highlights. These include Brick Street, Lego City featuring a Driving School), Lego Castle featuring Merlin’s Challenge, and the Lego Ninjago World, where you can discover the land of Spinjitzu!
|Afternoon ticket (weekends only)||₩30,000||₩30,000|
6. Seoul Grand Park/Seoul Land
Seoul Land, located in Seoul and built way back during the 1988 Seoul Olympics, is one of Korea’s most popular theme parks located in Gwacheon. Some of its major attractions include the infamous Black Hole 2000 and the adrenaline-pumping Sky X ( a cross-over between jumping and skydiving).
Not too far from Seoul land is one of Korea’s best theme parks AND zoos, where you can get lost in the world of paintings in their art gallery, take a stroll in their breathtaking botanical garden, and so much more!
There are also many other rides for kids, including a carousel, flying chairs and cocoons, bumper cars, and more! If your child isn’t too keen on this type of thrill ride, there are plenty of things for them to do, such as play arcade games or visit the zoo with exotic animals like giraffes or tigers.
Aside from this type of thrill ride, there are plenty of things for them to do, such as play arcade games or visit the Seoul Park Grand Zoo with exotic animals like giraffes or tigers. A must-do at the Seoul Grand Park Zoo is to get inside a 30-meter tall enclosure filled with exotic and graceful birds that will not disappoint!
Tip: You may want to consider bringing some extra cash with you just in case you find something intriguing from one of their gift shops. They can be pretty pricey, but hey, it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, right?
Ticket Price (Seoul Land):
Ticket Price (Seoul Grand Park):
Tip – purchase discount tickets to Seoul Land and Seoul Grand Park at Trazy.
7. Gimhae Lotte Water Park
Image source: Lotte
The less well-known but equally fun Lotte amusement park, Gimhae Lotte Water Park, is the most recent ‘largest water park in Korea’ – a title that seemingly gets thrown around regularly. Anyway, with the amusement park knowledge that Lotte brings, it’s fair to expect big things from this water park.
Gimhae is located near Busan, and Gimhae Lotte Water Park has quickly become one of Busan’s premier amusement parks. In many ways, this water park is to Busan as Ocean World is to Seoul – a fantastic place to escape the intense summer heat of July and August.
This Korean amusement park features an indoor and outdoor wave pool alongside the rather adrenaline-creating tornado slides and other rides. If you have a competitive streak, try out the racing slides outside!
Of course, if you want a more calm day, you can do that at this theme park too. Lotte Water Park has a Tiki Island Spa, a Korean sauna, and even massaging chairs located around the park! This makes it the perfect place for a family day out.
8. The Ocean Resort Water Park
Image source: KTO
Completing the… Quad-fecta? Of South Korean water parks is The Ocean Resort Water Park, located near Yeosu on the southern coast of Korea. While not comparable to Caribbean Bay, Ocean World and Gimhae Lotte Water Park in terms of size, The Ocean Resort Water Park is still a ton of fun. So if you’re in the area, make sure to visit!
Although The Ocean Resort Water Park is smaller than the larger water parks, some people will find that its biggest appeal. Where Korean amusement parks are often PACKED (especially during the school holidays and summer weekends), The Ocean Resort Water Park is a bit calmer – albeit not too much.
This Korean water park features indoor facilities with slides, wave pools, and spas. For anyone looking for a calmer time, the indoor area of the park is fantastic. However, if you’re looking for some exhilaration, consider heading outside to the tornado slides and larger wave pool!
This Korean amusement park also comes equipped with a cafeteria for anyone wanting to make the most of a long day out. If you are missing any swimming equipment, you’ll also be able to find this at the store. However, remember that you will pay a premium buying any clothing here!
|(mid) Summer (afternoon)||₩30,000||₩22,000|
|(other) Summer (afternoon)||₩25,000||₩19,000|
9. Aiins World
Image source: Aiins World
Aiins World is a theme park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It is located in the centre of Yongin city, near Everland Resort and Yongin Bus Terminal. The park opened on April 1, 2018.
Unlike most theme parks, with rides and waterparks as their featured attractions, Aiins World brings 109 well-known landmarks worldwide into one place! So, you can see the whole world in a single day (literally!).
Whether it be the Old Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, this Korean theme park has it all! Aiins World has five zones: Africa, America, Europe, Korea, and Russia. So be sure to have your camera with you!
Though it is more of a sightseeing theme park, it is a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones while being graced by miniature versions of the world’s greatest landmarks and architecture.
At Aiins World, you can experience travelling the world in just an 80-minute walk along their nature trails before relaxing over at one of their many cafes, where they serve up delicious food that’s sure to keep everyone happy!
10. Wolmi Theme Park
Wolmi Theme Park (previously My Land) is a Korean amusement park in Incheon, a city close to Seoul. It’s a theme park that offers attractions for both adults and children. This means you can bring your whole family here and everyone will have fun! Wolmi Theme Park has a large water park, an amusement park, and a performance centre.
There’s also a shopping centre where you can find souvenirs, clothing, and other items. Wolmi Theme Park is the perfect place if you want to spend a fun day with your family or friends.
The park is divided into the Fun & Adventure Zone and the Fantasy Island. The Fun & Adventure Zone has a water park with slides and pools where you can play with your friends or family. It also has an amusement park with roller coasters, go-karts, bumper cars, and more! In addition, there’s a performance centre where you can watch shows like ‘Swan Lake’ or ‘The Nutcracker.’
Fantasy Island has an outdoor shopping centre where you can find souvenirs, clothing, and other items. Wolmi Theme Park is the perfect place to spend a fun day with your friends or family!
|Rider Fare in Wolmi Theme park||₩4,500 – 6,000||₩3,500 – 5,000|
|4D Theater fare||₩6,000||₩5,000|
Tip – why not enjoy Wolmi Land on a tour of Incheon?
11. Shinhwa Theme Park
Image source: Visit Jeju
Shinhwa Theme Park is a relatively unknown Korean amusement park. Located on the western side of Jeju Island, this park is unfortunately located in an area that causes it to be out of the way for many people. However, if you are in that part of Jeju – and especially if you are travelling with children – you won’t want to miss Shinhwa Theme Park!
Shinhwa Theme Park is unique because it was developed by the same animation studio behind the ‘Larva’ series. As soon as you enter the park, you’ll see the inspiration from both larva and animations in general. The presence of super cute larvae and other characters across this amusement park gives it a unique appeal that you can’t find elsewhere.
The park features three main zones – Rotary Park, Larva’s Adventure Village, and Mayan Civilisations. Sound like quite the range of scenes? You’re not wrong! The theme park is very diverse, and each area feels like an entirely different world.
While the park has activities for adults and children alike, there is no denying this park is more focused on keeping younger family members entertained. As a result, this Korean amusement park places less emphasis on rides such as rollercoasters and instead chooses to focus on fascinating themes and play areas.
Shinhwa Theme Park is a relatively low-trafficked theme park, and you’ll find it usually feels a lot more empty than the more popular theme parks on this list. However, this can make visiting Shinhwa a more pleasant experience as you don’t need to worry so much about overly long queues!
Tip – save some money with discount entry tickets from Trazy!
12. O-World Daejeon Theme Park
Image source: My Korea Trip
O-World Daejeon Theme Park is a great place to take your family. It offers a variety of rides for all ages, including roller coasters, kiddy rides, and more.
O-World is the epicentre of Daejon’s animal kingdom with the infamous Zoo Land, the place to be for people of all ages looking to explore some wildlife. The Korean theme park is located in Sajeong-dong, Jung-gu, and Daejon, where you can get there either by car or by bus from Daejeon Station.
O-World is home to more than 130 animal species, including terrific tigers, enormous elephants, and long-necked giraffes roaming the zoo as you take your African Safari ride to witness these majestic animals in action! On a side note, if you’re feeling a little car sick or prefer to watch it from a stationary stance, you can still check out their wildlife from the observation deck at the Jungle Safari.
If you’re looking for a theme park that has rides for all ages, Toy Land is a great choice. The park has roller coasters that will keep you at the edge of your seat and some kiddy rides for some quality and fun times with your little ones, but it also has many fun attractions like bumper cars and go-karts.
Joy Land is another popular theme park in Korea that offers rides for all ages. It has a wide range of rides, including kids and adult-friendly rides like bumper cars and go-karts.
13. Maze Land
Image source: Visit Jeju
Are you feeling like a bit of problem-solving? Or do you happen to be a navigation whiz? Well, whether or not you know your easts from your wests, Maze Land on Jeju Island is a ton of fun. I hope you’ve already guessed that this Korean amusement park is all about mazes!
The prime attraction, a 5.3km long stone maze – the longest in the world – is sure to put your skills to the test. Not only is the maze itself fun, but the way it is designed is intended to represent Jeju Island and the aspects that make the island special. For this reason, the maze is made from resources found on Jeju Island.
If you’re looking for a bit less of a challenge, there are other mazes in Maze Land too. The green mazes made from trees and bushes offer a slightly less complicated alternative that is great for families to test their wits in.
While there’s no doubt the mazes are the main attraction here, the theme park also has a museum. The museum, as you’ve no doubt already guessed, is all about mazes. So if you’ve ever wondered how mazes came to be, this is the place to find out!
Tip – save some money by purchasing discount tickets at Trazy!
14. Daegu E-World
Daegu E-world Theme Park is the first theme park in Korea designed by a foreign company. It is located in Daegu, the fourth largest city in Korea. The park is known for its variety of rides and attractions.
The Roller Coaster, which was imported from Las Vegas, is the most popular ride at this Korean amusement park. However, you can also enjoy many other rides, including aeroplanes, Ferris wheels, bumper cars, and more!
The park is divided into the E-World and the Fantasy World. The E-World has rides such as roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and bumper cars. It also has an area for small children to play in. The Fantasy World has several different themed areas, including Egypt, Hollywood and Arabia. There are many rides in this section that are suitable for all ages.
This theme park has something for everyone with its wide range of rides and attractions. It is a great place to spend a day with your family or friends!
On top of that, this Korean amusement park also has an aquarium below the tower and the infamous Sky Jump, where visitors brace themselves for a 123-meter drop. Also, if anyone dares to make the jump, they get a certificate and a photo as a bonus!
Note: It is known to be a pretty quiet park, even in the summers, so it may very well be a great destination to spend some quality time with your loved ones through simple thrills that create lasting memories.
|Free Pass (After 5 PM)||₩31,000||₩29,000||₩29,000|
Tip – save some money by purchasing E-World tickets at Klook!
15. Gyeongju World
Image source: Jacob Hong on Flickr
Gyeongju World is a theme park in Gyeongju, South Korea. The park opened in 2005 and is the largest theme park in South Korea. It features several themed areas, as well as a variety of rides and attractions.
The park is open year-round and offers discounts for seniors, children, and students. It also has special prices for couples who want to ride together on the rides. The park also has several restaurants and shops throughout the grounds.
The park is divided into five different areas. The first area is the Galaxy Zone, which features rides such as the Space Roller Coaster and Cosmic Express. It also has a 4D theatre where guests can watch movies such as “The Lion King” and “Tangled.”
The next area is the Mokdong Land, which features rides such as the Aqua Coaster and Sky Wheel. It also has a roller coaster called Sun Light Express. The third area is Magic Town, which features rides such as a carousel and bumper cars.
The next area is Dinosaur Land, which features rides such as a roller coaster and a boat ride. The final area is Adventure Land, which features rides such as a dark indoor ride and bumper cars.
Ecoland theme park is a Korean amusement park that I hesitate to call a theme park… But it’s in the name, so it must be! However, Ecoland is more of a garden or traditional park crossed with an amusement park. That is to say, while it has some rides and play areas, there is a big emphasis on nature – hence the ‘eco’ in the name.
Ecoland is located on Jeju Island and features a 4.5km train ride on a miniature locomotive. The train will take visitors through various stunning gardens and themed areas. This Korean amusement park is perfect for Instagram photos and includes everything from pirates to windmills!
Although Ecoland is for children and adults alike, it’s probably the adults who will enjoy the natural sights more. Younger children often love the train ride, but the views and scenes aren’t particularly thrilling to adrenaline-seeking children! With that being said, this is an excellent spot for families because everyone can enjoy something.
If you plan to visit Ecoland Theme Park, ensure to take your camera (or at least your phone with lots of battery!) with you. You won’t want to miss the breathtaking vistas located around the park.
Tip – save some money by purchasing discount tickets at Trazy!
17. Seoul Children’s Grand Park
Seoul Children’s Grand Park is the largest amusement park in Seoul. It has more than 100 attractions and a variety of events, including festivals, sports competitions, music shows, and fireworks displays. Located in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, the park offers free shuttle buses from Sejongno subway station on Line 3 as well as free parking facilities.
The park is open every day from 9:30 am to 10 pm but only until 7 pm during the winter months (November through February). You can purchase tickets online ahead of time to save some money if you’re planning on going multiple times during your stay (plus, it saves you time!).
The Children’s Grand Park has various attractions and rides, including an aquarium and a dinosaur museum. There are also numerous play areas for both adults and children, including an outdoor theatre where you can catch free performances throughout the day as well as enjoy live music concerts on weekends.
The Korean amusement park is particularly known for its theme park, water playground, and zoo. Some featured attractions include the zoo houses with more than 100 species that stretch across 12 exhibits, including the deer-feeding zone and the marine animal house. If you get the chance, catch their show that occurs five times every day, and you can also ride mini horses (aka ponies) and camels if you’re up for a mini adventure!
|Day Pass (Free admission)||₩7,000||₩5,500|
Korean Amusement Park FAQ
What Is the Best Amusement Park in Korea?
This comes down to your preferences! However, I believe the best amusement park in Korea is Everland, while the best water park is Ocean World!
What Is the Biggest Amusement Park in Korea?
Everland is the biggest amusement park in Korea. It’s also ranked #19 globally in terms of visitation.
What Is the Closest Amusement Park to Seoul?
The easiest amusement parks to access in Seoul are Lotte World (located right in the heart of Jamsil), Seoul Land, and Seoul Children’s Grand Park.
What Is a Water Park?
A water park is essentially an amusement park dedicated to all things wet. Instead of follower coasters, you’ll find tube rides. Instead of playgrounds, you’ll find swimming pools!
What Amusement Parks Are in Korea?
Korea has all kinds of amusement parks. Lotte World and Everland are the most famous. However, Korea recently got a Legoland too! There are also plentiful smaller theme parks and water parks in Korea.