October 10, 2014
Yesterday was Hangul Day in Korea so we had the day off! Hangul Day celebrates the creation of the Korean alphabet. We took the opportunity to check out Everland, Korea’s answer to Disney World – sort of. Ordinarily I would not have been interested in going but we were given free tickets by our head teacher so we figured we might as well check it out.
Everland is in Yongin which is pretty far from us in Goyang. It took us 4 trains and 3 hours to get there. Yuck!
We arrived around 1:15 in the afternoon and stayed for a couple of hours. We knew that it would probably be pretty crowded since it was a holiday so we didn’t expect to ride any of the rides. We decided to just walk around and eat.
We wandered over to the European area first and ended up eating at a “German” place, Alps Kuche. It wasn’t quite what we expected – you could get udon noodles and soup, a rotisserie chicken with rice, and a special Halloween pizza. We got the chicken and it was surprisingly delicious. As we were leaving we were held captive by a parade. We had to wait a while before we could pass through – at least we were in the front! After we were allowed to leave we walked toward the Dutch Village where we had read there were many different types of beer. Turns out there were only 3 or 4 types of beer but we were okay with that. We settled with a schwarzbier and sat in the Dutch Village for a while.
After that we mostly just wandered around the park and had some dessert. Everland is definitely not on par with Disney World. Even though we skipped the safari area (we’d read some pretty negative reviews) and didn’t visit Caribbean Bay (the water park), what we saw felt pretty small. Even still, I’m glad we were able to go and see it (for free!). We broke up our long ride home by stopping at Craft Bros. Taphouse. We had a beer and picked up some pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers for the week! Here are some more images of Everland: