Every season in South Korea offers its own charm. Beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, the vibrant hues of autumn and the Narnia-like snow-filled winter. What about summer?
Although some may think that summer is one of the worst seasons to travel to Korea due to the heat that can reach up to 40 degrees and the jangma (장마) heavy rain, there are certain activities there that can only be done in summer. Boryeong Mud Festival, for example.
Last summer, other than enjoying the mud festival, we managed to try one of the best summer activity in Korea – a 2D1N to Gapyeong. Some of you may have heard of Gapyeong as it is the area where some of the most visited tourist attraction (Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of Morning Calm) is but no, we did not stay overnight in Gapyeong to visit those attractions. Instead, we tried what the locals love to do in summer, play water sports in a water leisure park!
Water Sports Leisure Summer Activity in Korea at 수상레저(V)브이
If you watch Korean reality shows like Running Man, you probably would have seen a water leisure park in one its episodes. It is basically an inflated water playground offering motorized water activities. After doing some research on the many water leisure parks in Gapyeong, we decided to play at Water Leisure V (수상레저(V)브이).
Water Leisure V provides several types of passes and packages including the entry ticket only, the three rides ticket, the three-hour unlimited, the full day unlimited, the 2D1N package and more. We opted for the 2D1N package as we did not want to rush back to Seoul after a whole day of water games.
The 2D1N package 95,000 KRW per pax (minimum 4 pax) and it includes accommodation, free flow barbeque dinner with unlimited soju and unlimited water rides for one day. There are around 8 to 10 motorized water rides available on top of the inflated slides and obstacle course.
Here’s a short highlight of our fun day:
Just a word of caution though, most if not all of these places, are not very foreigner-friendly and almost all information online is only available in Korean. Only a few instructors were able to converse in English. Even during our stay there, we were the only foreigners around. As such I would recommend having at least one Korean speaker with you when you decide to visit.
Because we were the only foreigners around, they gave us special treatment and offered one of their newest rooms. All rooms were Korean-style and only had beddings. The room was spacious enough to accommodate eight of us and it could probably fit up to 10 people.
Other than the main room, there was also a small pantry area and ofcourse, an attached bathroom.
After a day of water activities, we were very ready for dinner. Initially, we thought that the barbeque dinner meant that we had to grill our own meat but there were two large grills where we can take as much meat as we wanted. Korean fermented bean soup, vegetable and rice were also provided on top of the free flow soju and meat.
You can make reservations through this portal.
How to get there
Take the ITX train from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Gapyeong Station. From Gapyeong Station, you can take a taxi to the water park or arrange to be picked up by the place that you book your package from.