Summer seems to be not legit yet before we play on the beach. But is it just the beaches that are interesting to visit?

The answer is clear, which is “absolutely not!”. I am not gonna chitchatting on this article if beach is the only interesting tourism object during summertime. There are still other places that are attractive to be reviewed further, such as water parks and mountains or valleys.

Even for the beaches itself, I haven’t recommended various beaches for water sport lovers, as yesterday was just the beaches for playing around and sunbathing. Well then, no need to blabbing around, at this part I would start with various water parks in South Korea.

I have been writing here that summer in South Korea could be much hotter than the average air temperature in Jakarta. So, one of the best place to cool off your body while having fun is by playing at water park.

Well indeed, you can also have fun go mad at the beach. But if beach seems to be too far to access than other tourism objects on the itinerary, then water park could be a more realistic solution.

The first water park that I would recommend is Caribbean Bay, which is within the area of Everland Theme Park. This play park is located just a few steps away from Seoul city, precisely it is on Yongin area, so it is interesting to be checked out when you feel sweaty on Seoul.

Not far from Seoul, on Bucheon city to be precise, there is another water park called Woongjin Playdoci which is featured with Aqua Bar and indoor ski ride. But if the Sokcho area becomes the choice of tourism, the city also has an amazing water park called Seorak Waterpia.

Why do I call it amazing? Besides its location which is within the Seorak Hanwha Resort (which is located around Seoraksan mountain with beautiful views), Seorak Waterpia also features an outdoor spa with natural hot water. No wonder if this water park becomes the most popular park at the eastern coast, especially during summer.

Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Dushan/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Dushan/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Dushan/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Dushan/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Miae/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Miae/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Miae/flickr]
Seorak Waterpia [photo by: Miae/flickr]
 

There are still a lot of other fun water parks throughout South Korea. For example there is Icheon city (not to mistake it with Incheon, okay), there is a water park called Termeden. That water park doesn’t only have swimming pools in many shapes and slides in many forms, but it also features a hot water pool which is said to be popular amongst kings from Joseon Dinasty.

On Yesan city, there is Resom Spa Castle which is said to be the most attractive hot spring theme park throughout South Korea. Besided having the hot spring pool, this place also has various swimming pools with many fun games such as 3-storeys-high slide.

And, other water park I recommend is Vivaldi Park Ocean World in Hongcheon. This pool has various zones with different themes which were designed in Egyptian style. Other plus point is, this place is located in the middle of beautiful forest in Hongcheon, so the atmosphere around would be pretty and the air would be fresh. Unfortunately, I haven’t found legal images to share here, so for this moment, there will be no pictures just yet.

From the agenda of playing water, I would like to invite Jalan2ers to come around to the mountain area. Huh? Hiking up a mountain on these hot days? Woops, don’t get it wrong. Coming to the mountain is one of the favorite activities to run away for a while from the summer heat.

Definitely, the popular ones are the mountains with beautiful jungle and valleys, where the air temperature tends to be cool even on a hot summer. What makes it interesting, some of those are easy to access from the big city such as Seoul.

The example is Hongneung Arboretum which is located right in Seoul. This place was a plant research center at first, but lately it becomes a favorite destination of nature tourism in Seoul. Same goes with the forest on Mount Yumyeongsan which is a popular place for “forest bathing”.

Hongneung Arboretrum [photo by: Robert/wikimedia]
Hongneung Arboretrum [photo by: Robert/wikimedia]
Hongneung Arboretrum [photo by: Robert/wikimedia]
Hongneung Arboretrum [photo by: Robert/wikimedia]
Hongneung Arboretrum [photo by: Robert/wikimedia]
Hongneung Arboretrum [photo by: Robert/wikimedia]
 

Seoul also has several astonishing and cool valleys with locations that are easy to access from the city center, such as Jungwon Valley in Yangpyeong. There are also Yongchu Valley and Jomurak Valley in Gapyeong, Bigeum Valley in Namyangju, Myeongji Valley; those are just some of the valleys that can be visited in a couple hours from Seoul.

Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
Yongchu Valley [photo by: Bastus917/flickr]
 

The province of Gangwong-do which is located next to Gyeonggi-do Province (where Seoul is at) also has several pretty forests and valleys. Let’s say Bangtaesan in Inje and Dawgwallyeong, both are recreational forests located on the area of Gangwon-do Province.

Although having only 2 popular jungles, this province has several pretty and cool valleys. Sogeumgang Valley in Gangneung which is a part of Odaesan National ParkMureung Valley in Donghae, and Heungjeong Valley in Pyeongchang; those are just a few of lined-up lush valleys that always successfully invite tourists who look for cool atmosphere on summer.

Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
Odaesan National Park [photo by: Steve46814/wikimedia]
 

Other province which is next to Gyeonggi-do, is Chungcheongnam-do, also has popular jungles and valleys. Anmyeondo Recreational Forest might be the only recreational jungle on this province, but for attractiveness, it is at the same level with jungles from other provinces. How could it be not, this jungle is neighboring with the ocean, so this is the best place to do “forest bathing” and “sea bathing” at one place.

Actually there are still many other jungles and valleys to visit in South Korea, but I prioritize ones that are easiest to access from big cities as well as the ones that are quite popular amongst foreigner tourists. Anyway, if there are too many of those, it would just give you makes your mind goes round and round. I hope the information is useful!

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