Summer Splash: Korea's best water parks

by Korea Tourism Organization
Stripes Korea
As summer temperatures rise day by day, more and more people across the nation are searching for ways to have fun and cool off. With their giant wave pools, thrilling water slides, myriad of pools and new facilities every year, water parks in Korea are some of the best places to go to escape the summer heat and have a blast with friends and family. A distinguishing feature of Korea’s water parks are the hot spring pools, which are said to be good for health and beauty. The added bonus of Korea’s traditional hot spring culture allows visitors to relax and recharge after an action-packed day of rides.
Vivaldi Park Ocean World
Ocean World Water Park is located in Vivaldi Park (one of Korea’s most famous ski resorts) 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.
Divided into various ‘zones’—Indoor Zone, Mega Slide Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and the Mega Slide Zone—each section of the water park offers a different kind of amusement. The Indoor Zone has various pools and slides, a jjimjilbang (a Korean-style sauna), and a therapy center. In the Extreme Zone, people can enjoy waves as high as 2.4 meters. The Dynamic Zone is also filled with many thrilling attractions including the popular 300-meter-long Monster Blaster slide, the 6-person Super Boomerango slide, and many more. In 2011, two new thrilling rides have been introduced to double the fun: the ‘Super S Slide,’ a rafting thrill ride on a 6-person tube down a 146-meter-long course from a 6.8-meter-high tower, and ‘Cairo Racing,’ an extreme ride of speed. 
Hours of operation:
7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
*Hours are subject to change
Admission Fee: W45,000 ~ W70,000
Gimhae Lotte Water Park
Opened on May 2014, Gimhae Lotte Water Park is one of Korea’s biggest water parks. Located in Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Gimhae Lotte Water Park features custom-designed, Polynesian-themed waterslides and pools, such as an outdoor wave pool (135 m), indoor wave pool (35 m), and a huge funnel slide, among other attractions.
Hours of operation:
10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
*Hours are subject to change
Admission Fee: Adults W47,000 ~ W55,000
Seorak Waterpia
Seorak Waterpia is located within the Seorak Hanwha Resort nearby Seoraksan National Park, the most popular destination on the East Coast. The stunning scenery of Seoraksan Mountain serves as a beautiful backdrop to Seorak Waterpia, which offers the latest in water amusement facilities and hot spring water spas.
The open-air spa is a definite must-try since it uses only pure mineral water that springs up from 680 meters underground at temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius. If you are looking for fun and thrills, check out the water slides and wave pools. 
If you’re traveling with children, be sure to visit the Kids’ Pool and Rainbow Stream. 
Following major renovations completed in 2011, Seorak Waterpia is one and half times bigger and noaw better than ever! As part of the twelve new water facilities, the resort introduced World Alley, a 260-meter-long water slide with a sharp drop and a 360-degree turn. 
The park also added the Torrent River (a water rapids ride) and the Family Raft to its action-packed facility.
Hours of operation:
Swimming Pool 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Sauna 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Admission Fee: W31,000 ~ W49,000
Icheon Termeden
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 spring city of Icheon, Termeden is a hot spring resort complex that is popular for its high-quality water and luxurious facilities.
Though the park has various pools, spas, and slides, one of the most famous attractions at Termeden is the tame 30-meter-wide Bade Pool with various underwater massage jets that effectively ease fatigue, stress, and help muscles relax. 
In 2011, Termeden added to the fun with an addition of a water slide and a water bucket for children.
The themed hot spring pools are also highly recommended, since the added natural ingredients of each spa (ginseng, rice, honey, etc.) are said to provide different unique health benefits. Termeden also has a forest walking path, a park, and an eco-pond, which is also fed by natural hot spring water.
Hours of operation:
Men’s Women’s bath 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Outdoor Spa Pool 10 a.m. - 5 p. m.
*The schedule above is based on the hours of the outdoor spa pool. The operating hours may vary by facility. 
Admission Fee: W22,000 ~ W36,000
Resom Spa Castle
Resom Spa Castle is one of Korea’s most representative hot spring theme parks, thanks to the widespread fame of its healthy 49°C Germanium water. Located in Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, Resom Spa Castle’s hot spring facility, Chunchunhyang is open all year round, providing guests with outdoor, hot spring water park facilities and over twenty open-air pools and tubs.
Looking for a thrill? Try the water park’s famous water slides: the Master Blaster and the Speed Slide, an exhilarating ride where in you’ll race down a three-story water shoot in just four seconds. For some fun that’s slightly less intense, check out the roaring rapids of the Torrent River wave pool, or relax in the open-air pool zone by trying out the Hinoki pool, couples’ pool, blueberry pool, apple wine pool, or the aqua bar. 
Hours of operation:
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
*Hours may vary by facility.
Admission Fee: W30,000 ~ W48,000
Caribbean Bay
Caribbean Bay is Korea’s largest water park and is particularly popular thanks to its convenient location at the Everland Theme Park complex on the outskirts of Seoul in Yongin.
Caribbean Bay can accommodate up to 20,000 people and has five different 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 Wave Pool, where the waves get as high as 2.4 meters and the new Aqua Loop, which is an intense body slide where you plummet down an 18-meter vertical drop, shoot through a 360-degree turn, and reach heart-pounding speeds of up to 90km/h. Also, there are modern sauna facilities and various types of hot spring pools for visitors to relax at Caribbean Bay.
Hours of operation:
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (7 p.m. on weekends)
Admission Fee: W39,000 ~ W50,000
Woongjin Playdoci
Woongjin Playdoci, a very unique indoor theme park, is located not far from Seoul in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. In addition to having a water park, driving range, fitness club, and Korea’s first indoor ski slope, Woongjin Playdoci also has an Aqua Bar in the spa area where you can have a refreshing drink while relaxing in the pool.
Other unusual facilities include event pools decorated in themes of different countries and hot springs pools scented with natural ingredients. For those of you who spend a lot of time on your feet each day, make sure to hit the foot bath, which is perfect for improving blood circulation and helping ease fatigue. There’s also plenty for children to do (wave pool, lazy river, water rides, and more) while the adults pamper themselves with a water jet massage in the Bade Pool at the Spa Zone. In July 2012, Woongjin Playdoci expanded its facilities by opening the new outdoor water park and spa to cater to visitors who enjoy outdoor fun.
Hours of operation:
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
*Hours are subject to change
Admission Fee: W39,000 ~ W45,000
Tedin Water Park & Spa
Tedin Water Park & Spa, located in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, is a great place to nourish and rejuvenate your body as it offers high-quality hot spring waters with such healthy minerals as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and carbonates. Moreover, the hot spring water is known to aid blood circulation and prevent geriatric diseases. The resort has a pool, waterfalls and whirlpools with massage jets that provide therapeutic relief while soothing sore muscles. The resort also offers several outdoor sitting pools in different themes including lemon, jasmine and hinoki (wooden pool) allowing people to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Hours of operation:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission Fee:
W43,000 - 59,000
Sangnok Aquapia
Cheonan’s Sangnok Resort possesses a diverse entertainment facility, offering a Leisure Town with Sangnok Hotel, a convention center, Sangnok Land, and golf course. Sangnok’s featured attraction is Aquapia, known as a “Water World”, or “Water Paradise”. 
If you take a look around the indoor water-park, Aquapia, there is a variety of fun awaiting each guest: a tidal wave pool with 5 different types of waves; ‘The Flowrider’, a ride that simulates the thrill of surfing on ocean waters; ‘Master Blaster’, a ride that takes two riders up at a time, up and down through the water’s heavy pressure; 2 new slides; and 3 types of spas used as resting areas.
Hours of operation:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
* Outdoor pool: June 25 - Aug. 28 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Admission Fee:
[Peak Season]
Adults & Teenagers 55,000 won / Children 45,000 won
[Non-Peak Season]
Adults & Teenagers 38,000 won / Children 28,000 won
* Babies (ages less than 3 years old): Free admission upon proof of age
* 30% discount for people with disabilities, seniors (ages 65 or older): Proof required.

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