This continued from In The Land of Kpop (Part 2)
So, on Day 3, as what we have planned, it was time for some theme park adventures, it was time for Everland! I was so excited! Like the previous days, we had simple breakfast at Nungmaru, just some Lotte bread and Daily Spread that I bought from home. We started our journey to Everland at 10.15 a.m. The journey took about 45 minutes or less but mind you, since the traffic heading to the freeway was always heavy and busy, it might took more than an hour to get there.
We went there by car, by the way. Idham was driving, so we had time to snap some pictures along the way. It was so hard to see any Japan-made car here. Here’s why. Japan is a right-driving country so their cars are generally right-side, while Korea is a left-driving country. I guess that’s the biggest reason why it was hard to find any imported car, especially Japan-made ones here. Plus, I believe they’re very supportive of their local cars. If I were Korean myself, I would too, because Korean cars sangatlah cantik. Sadly, takde second value kat Malaysia. Sobs.
We arrived at Everland Theme Park about an hour later. It was quite cold here. Its operating hours is from 10.00 on certain days and at 9.30 mostly. I’m not sure why, maybe due to the season or weather, but it is closed everyday at 10.00 p.m. The ticket prices are as followed:
Adult : KRW48k (RM160+-)
Children : KRW38k (RM126+-)
Like any other major theme parks, Everland Theme Park is divided into 5 sections, namely
As for starters at Global Fair section, we went to the Kpop Hologram since it was the first stop we saw at the entrance. There was a Big Bang hologram concert at that time. Not a fan at all, don’t even know the members of Big Bang, but like they say, ‘Layan je laa..’ No cameras allowed during the 3D concert, so I couldn’t show you how it looked like, but it’s the usual la, you know, dark, images of Big Bang performing, the music etc. I guess it was just typical, but not bad.
After that, we went to Sky Cruise Station to go to the other side of the park, which is at the European Adventure, on a cable car. Since we were already hungry, we decided to have a burger snack at Burger Cafe. Sorry no picture of it, we were hungry, so we just ate it right away. Haha
There has been a culture here in Korea that I admire the most. After having meals, people will take their own trash and leftovers to the dustbin and dump it there on their own. They don’t need waiters or servants to do that for them. It’s the culture. It’s their thing. No argument about it. People won’t look you twice if you take your own trash and handle it yourself because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Handle your own trash. Unlike here in Malaysia, they do. Sometimes, siap tunjuk, jeling2 and bisik2 lagi. Dumping your own trust into the bin is like committing a crime. I guess, we still have a lot to catch up.
After having burgers, we walked around for our next adventure. Idham told us about the must-try roller coaster here in Everland, called the T-Express. It is located in the Alpine Village. When I looked at the famous T-Express, it didn’t look as convincing and safe especially after Idham told us that they’re all made of wood, instead of strong metals like any other normal roller-coasters. WOOD! What if one of the wooden rails suddenly cracked and broke into parts??????!!!!
Perfect timing, crazy brain!
However, this is quite interesting too because it is actually the first wooden roller coaster and the largest of any kind in South Korea. It would have been so cool if it wasn’t being too scary at the same time. It was a must-try but…… I was nervous, yet excited and then it went back to nervous especially looking at how high it was. Since Idham said it was a must-try and hubs kept repeating himself as an adrenaline junkie and kept pulling my arm like a little child, then okay laaa, let’s do this!
We queued to get to the station, and as usual the operators need to ensure that you are at a suitable height to ride this. Normal procedures, I thought we totally passed it. Hell, was I wrong! They didn’t check your height, they checked your waist measurement to see if the belt could be fastened to protect you. I was scared, not for me, but for hubs. I mean, they didn’t even have to check my waist measurement since I was… ehem.. slim, but hubs was a different case. He’s just ‘super cute’ like that! As I thought, he failed. The belt was not long enough to wrap his belly. Hubs was pretty down that he couldn’t try the ride, so I said, ‘It’s okay laaa yang, next time we’ll come here again la okay? Make sure you dah kurus la by then.’ A lil giggle at the end that eventually turned into a laughter. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
The operators welcomed me to proceed to the next checkpoint but I didnt wanna go if hubs couldn’t come with me. I didn’t wanna hurt his feeling and make him feel really bad about this whole thing. I was such a sweetheart, wasn’t I?
And NO! It wasn’t because I was afraid of going alone. Pffft!
Anyway, bye bye the must-try T-Express. See you never!
(You had no idea how relieved I was not riding that thing!)
(Fine, I WAS afraid! Happy?)
Tho hubs was pretty devastated about the whole T-Express thing, don’t worry, he got over it quickly, especially when we arrived at the Zoo-topia. It’s basically an animal themed section where you can pet animals, ride ponies and here’s the best part, there is also a mini safari where they put these big cats like tigers, white tigers and lions. There are bears too! Owh.. Bears. They were just so majestic and BIG!
I like this concept of mini safari where people are the ones who are caged up, instead of animals, and those animals are just roaming around, sleeping, you know, minding their own business.
In order to see those animals in their habitat, you need to take a safari bus ride and the driver will take you from sections to sections while explaining their names, their diet etc. Owh, you can also see the driver feeding them from the bus. But you’re not allowed to feed them tho, only the bus drivers are allowed to do that during the tour.
I really had fun here. I would consider myself as an animal person. In Malaysia, every time I visit some of the zoos, I usually feel sad looking at the condition of the animals here. Not only they’re caged up or put in a dirty place, not having freedom to move, but sometimes, they are left sick and untreated too. At the mini safari, the animals are free to move around, even the workers and bus drivers are very friendly with them. They are left just like they’re in their natural habitat and it’s us, humans, who are ‘caged up’ in a bus to see them. I like it that way. 🙂
After we got off the bus, we used Amazon Express as our exit from the mini safari. It’s a raft ride where you’ll get swamped (if you’re not careful). I was quite lucky that I wasn’t wet at all. I looked around and saw some of the visitors even had their shoes drenched. Thank God it wasn’t me.
After the mini safari, we went to Petting Zoo to look at some cute foxes (can’t remember the actual name), wallabies, the baby of orang utan and so many other animals that I can’t recall right now. Owh, there was an animal show as well that we managed to watch when we there, but since the whole performance was in Korean, we couldn’t get the jokes, we couldn’t understand a thing, so it was quite boring for us.
By then, it was almost 4. At this stage, we walked by ourselves since Idham said he wanted to take care of some things and would meet us again later. So, we just strolled around with our hands in our pockets (quite cold at this hour) and chatted a lil bit. It was such a long walk that we eventually just enjoyed our quiet stroll while trying to keep up with our breath.
Sigh… Fitness, where art thou?
Then, we arrived here. I can’t remember what section we were in here, Magic Land, maybe? We were told that they actually were preparing this place for Tulip Festival so you could see it was still in process. But still a nice spot for pictures and most importantly, to rest our feet.
Then, we walked a lil bit more towards the American Adventure section where we managed to try The Pirate Ship Ride. Then, the last one, bumper cars. Honestly, that was my first time trying bumper cars and I was quite hesitated at first since people could see how noob you were if you were a first-timer, but what the heck? I laughed at them too so let them laugh at me. It turned out, I wasn’t so bad. Only hit the dividers less than hmmmm….15 times.
Okay la tu. :-p
Phewwww! It was dark, it was getting colder, my feet were tired, my body was exhausted, my tummy was hungry so I was just like, “Idham, just take us back to the city pleaseeee…”
I was asleep during the whole journey back to Myeong-dong. All I knew was, I woke up to this.
Stay tuned for In The Land of KPOP (Part 4).
Bye for now.