Many people like to travel to Korea in the summer. However, the best time to visit this country is autumn, and there are a lot of reasons why!
Gyeongbokgung palace with Maple leaves, Seoul, South Korea. Photo: stock.adobe.com
Autumn in Korea is called the “chhongomabi” season – “the time when the sky is higher and horses are gaining weight.” Fall is the most beautiful season here as the weather is ideal: not hot – not cold, perfectly suited for outdoor recreation.
In September, the air temperature is 20 – 22°С; in October, 15 – 17°С. During the day, everything is warmed by a gentle sun, so this is the best time of year for touring.
Bongeunsa Temple in autumn red leaves Seoul, Korea. Photo: stock.adobe.com
Autumn in Seoul is, without exaggeration, magical. Leaves are all varieties of color, from the usual yellow to bright red and even purple. You can admire this splendor without leaving Seoul – just go to Pukhansan.
One of the few national parks in the world that is located within a city, the park is surrounded by urbanized territory of the capital and its suburbs and referred to as the city’s lungs. Imagine how colorful this park becomes in autumn when the foliage is painted in various shades from light green to maroon. It also has numerous waterfalls, cultural monuments, and overlooks.
Seoul tower in Seoul city , Korea. Photo: stock.adobe.com
Korea is internationally famous for its festivals, and Koreans have great respect for festivity days, celebrating them colorfully and boisterously. Do not miss the chance to see these bright and fantastic holidays of life:
Spectacular fireworks at han River Seoul Korea. Photo: stock.adobe.com
International Fireworks Festival in Seoul
This annual festival on the Khangan River is one of the most spectacular events of autumn where thousands of firework masters from around the world are invited. It is interesting that each team presents a show concerning a unique national theme.
You can also see a truly amazing light and laser show here, as well as festive music performances. The entire pyrotechnic show is accompanied by music of various genres including rock, pop, and classical. Overall, more than 50,000 fireworks are launched throughout the festival.
Seoul Festival of Lanterns (03 – 19 November 2017)
The bright and mesmerizing Seoul Festival of Lanterns is held annually in November along approximately 1.2 kilometers of Cheonggye Stream. This festival first took place here in 2009, and in 2014 it officially changed its name.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang” – meaning the event is being conducted to support the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Sea shell at fish market, Seoul Korea. Photo: stock.adobe.com
Korea Grand Sale
The Korea Grand Sale is an annual shopping festival. It was originally held in winter, but in 2017 it will be countrywide and last all through October. Approximately 20,000 shops from hundreds of business types are going to participate in the Korea Grand Sale.
What can you get there? A lot of significant discounts including 50% off admission to Everland amusement park, about 70% off at duty-free shops, and a free 24-hour stay at the Ibis Ambassador Hotel.
The Korea Grand Sale offers astonishing discounts on almost everything – food, entertainment, fashion, accommodations, beauty, and more.
Don’t miss these fantastic opportunities to enjoy everything South Korea has to offer!
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If sightseeing and excursions induce yawns and lying on the beach is boring – amusement parks might be perfect for you!
Dizzying rides, incredible heights, frantic speeds, along with superheroes walking around – sounds like you are 10 years old again and your dream has come true!
Half an hour drive from the capital of the Arab Emirates there is the artificial island of Yas, where the world’s largest indoor theme park “Ferrari World” is located. Its red corners and curves vaguely resemble a race car.
This giant structure with the emblem of a black horse on the roof is visible even from space.
Inside, in a glass tunnel, there are more than 20 training routes for race lovers. For example, Formula Rossa is a roller coaster that simulates a Formula 1race: accelerating at a rate of 100 km/h each second, to a main speed of 240 km per hour! Your photo is taken at the peak emotional moment.
Getting to ride in a real Ferrari is easy, too; you can also see models of all the cars designed in the Italian Maranello – the birthplace of the red car.
The world’s original Disneyland is located in the California city of Anaheim, part of Greater Los Angeles.
It was opened long ago in 1955, the only embodiment of Walt Disney’s vision of a large theme park to become reality during his lifetime. He had this idea in the 30s and 40s, but the Disney Company began creating it only in the 1950s.
Universal Studios, Singapore
This is an amusement park dedicated to the film industry. It opened on March 8, 2010 on Sentosa Island and became the first Universal Studio park in Southeast Asia. It is famous for the highest “American roller coaster” in Asia.
In the park there are seven themed attraction zones, each of which is dedicated to favorite well-known films and cartoons that were released by Universal Studios at different times.
* Hollywood. Here you can take pictures with Charlie Chaplin, Frankenstein and Marilyn Monroe; see the famous Walk of Fame and go to the Hollywood Pantages Theater, where they show a real American musical based on the movie “Monster Rock.”
* New York. Here you can feel the atmosphere of real New York City – the most famous city in America. Guests can also take part in the creation of cinematic effects in the pavilion Lights, Camera, Action! – with Steven Spielberg himself.
* Sci-Fi city. This zone is a futuristic city replete with the latest technological innovations. The thrill of visiting local attractions is guaranteed.
* Ancient Egypt. Here is one of the most interesting attractions of the park – “The Revenge of the Mummy.” The entrance is guarded by gods of Anubis statues. Visitors wait in line for a journey in a car that rushes at great speed in complete darkness through the labyrinths of the Underground Kingdom.
IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai
This is the biggest Indoor amusement park in Dubai. Its opening took place on August 31, 2016. It is not just an amusement park; it is a whole world of entertainment sprawled across an area equal to 28 football fields. Super-modern attractions revitalize your favorite heroes – from the Avengers to full-sized dinosaurs. Concentrated here are all kinds of extreme slides, carousels and other attractions for children and adults, decorated in the style of modern cartoons, as well as the universe of Marvel.
The Haunted Hotel attraction holds a special place for those visitors 15 years or older who want to tickle their nervous systems.
Lotte World, South Korea
This park was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest amusement park under a roof. In this case, the indoor complex is only the first section; the second one is located in the open air. In addition to attractions, there is an ice rink and a laser show. On attendance, it overtakes the majority of European and American parks, and in Asia, only Tokyo Disneyland is more popular.
Chime-Long Paradise, China
It is a modern amusement park which was built in 2006. More than 100 million yuan (about 14.8 million US dollars) were spent on its construction.
The park has a huge number of attractions: a roller coaster that is more than 40 meters high with the possibility of vertical free-fall, race tracks for motorcycles that can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour in less than 3 seconds, huge water slides, a cloud of splashes, swings and carousels. In total, the park has collected more than 100 modern attractions that were specially brought from Europe.
Dream World, Thailand
This park is located outside Bangkok near the international airport on an area of 28 hectares. Opened in 1994, the park was made in European style and is divided into four zones: World Dream Square, Dream Garden, Fantasy Land, and Country of Adventures.
Dream Garden is a beautiful park where many different plants, including rare flowers, grow; among them are sheltered miniature copies of world famous sites – the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and others. In addition, there is a cable car that carries guests to Paradise Lake. Fantasy Land is a magical world with the castle of Sleeping Beauty, a house of gnomes, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, and many other things that bring children and adults back to the worlds of their favorite fairy tales.
The largest of the Legolands and the first theme park with attractions and sights made of these play construction pieces. It was opened in 1968 next to the original LEGO factory in the Danish town of Billund. It took 45 million of the constructor blocks to create it.
Legoland theme zones in Denmark have become the basis for new parks around the world: in each Lego park you can find Miniland with Lego-copies of attractions; a game park “Duplo” for the youngest guests; 4D-attractions like “The World of Imagination,” “The Land of Pirates,” and “Kingdom of the Knights;” the universe of “Star Wars” and other attractions.
The theme park Tokyo Disneyland was created in 1983 on a territory of 115 acres, and became the first Disney entertainment park outside the United States. The entertainment complex Tokyo Disney Resort consists of two huge parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
A feature of this complex is that it is only partially owned by the Walt Disney Company. The complex has a classic Disneyland structure: the territory is divided into “countries” in animation styles.
From the entrance you walk into the World Bazaar – the main promenade, which includes Main Street and Center Street. On this street you will encounter not only pedestrians, but also stylized transport – omnibuses. Attractions are represented by arcade automata – Penny Arcade.
The second most popular amusement park in Europe after Disneyland Paris, Europa-Park is located near the city of Rust in southwestern Germany.
The park is interesting for its concept – the thematic zones are represented by several mini-copies of European states. In total, 11 countries are represented in Europa-park, and the eleventh one is entirely Scandinavia. Other countries are Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, England, Greece, and Russia.
The highest roller coaster in Europe, Silver Star, is in little France, and in Scandinavia there is a whole river for rafting among landscapes reminiscent of fjords. In Italy, you can admire the comedy del Arte, and in Greece – to ride on the water slide “Poseidon”. Germany has a park with vintage cars, and in Spain there is the remarkable “Columbus Boat” – which resembles a ship’s journey during a storm.
It is the most popular Spanish family recreation park and resort, visited by more than three million tourists from all over the world. The PortAventura complex was opened in 1995 and now covers an area of 117 hectares, with more than 40 attractions.
In addition to the amusement park itself, the complex includes a huge water park, Port Aventura Aquatic, several beach clubs and golf courses, four hotels, and a three hectare lake on its territory.
PortAventura is thematically divided into six zones – “countries” – on a geographic basis, which allows you to take a walk around the park as a round-the-world trip to visit the attractions. There are The Mediterranean, Wild West, Mexico, China, Polynesia, and the bright children’s country of Sesame. On the streets of the park and in theaters there are many colorful shows – about 90 performances per day.
The entertainment park “Linnanmäki” is a true pride of Helsinki. It has a 50-meter rotating platform Panoraama, which offers an excellent view of the Finnish capital. In addition to all kinds of attractions, the amusement park “Linnanmäki” is a whole city where there are cafes, restaurants, shops, 4D-cinema, toy libraries and lotteries. Today there are about 40 attractions and every year there is something new. Admission to the park “Linnanmäki” is free, albeit you must by tickets for the attractions.
The amusement park Tibidabo is rightfully one of the symbols of Barcelona. The park is located on the highest point of the city (about 500 meters above sea level), from where there is a magnificent view of the Catalan capital. Tibidabo Park is one of the oldest Spanish amusement parks; it was opened more than 100 years ago!
Tivoli is an amusement park in Copenhagen that opened in 1843, making it the second oldest park in the world. It is located on a territory of eight hectares and is one of the three most visited entertainment parks in Europe. The founder of the park was the Danish officer Georg Carstensen, who, according to legend, persuaded the Danish King Christian VIII to give the land to the park with the words: “When people have fun, they do not think about politics.”
From the very beginning, theatrical troupes worked in the park, areas for orchestras were organized, and restaurants and cafes were opened. The park has constantly evolved; as if recalling the words of its creator that “Tivoli will never be finished,” it has never changed that tradition. Today the park is known for several wonderful attractions.
The theme park Efteling, opened in distant 1952, is one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe. It is located in the Netherlands province of North Brabant near the city of Tilburg. Every year it attracts more than 4 million visitors.
Initially devoted to themes of old European fairy tales and their characters, over time Eftheling has become a full-fledged amusement park with attractions like roller coasters, but its style is still a priority.
Efteling is somewhat reminiscent of Disneyland – a full resort with a golf course, hotel, radio station, etc. By the way, the creators of the Parisian Disneyland even consulted with Efteling, asking how to better adapt the American park to European culture.
That Efteling is a European park can particularly be noted from the first thematic section “Fairy Forest” – based on folk tales of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault.
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