Siam Park City is the largest amusement park in Bangkok, with numerous rides for all ages, a museum, event facilities, and a scout camp.
For those who want to save money on transportation, here are the best ways that show how to get to Siam Park City within an hour!
1. Start from BTS “Victory Monument” Station
Getting a taxi in Bangkok can be very tedious and annoying, considering Bangkok’s congested traffic. Getting on a taxi or bus from here is convenient, since this station is the main hub of land transport in Bangkok, and it is much closer to the motorways which lead to other tourist destinations all around Bangkok.
1.1) By taxi
You can hail a taxi from any of the exits and you won’t be declined, which happens often on the streets of Bangkok. It will cost around 150~200 baht and 30~40 minutes depending on the traffic. Plus, your taxi will not go around in circles to increase the fares from here.
1.2) By bus
The cheapest way is to go by bus. From the Victory Monument BTS station, there is a circular skywalk that leads you to a bus stop called “Ko Din Daeng”. From there, take the air-conditioned bus no.168 or 36ก.(go-gai) which only costs 25 baht.
2. Start from Hua Mak Station (Airport Rail Link)
Apart from Victory Monument station, you can take a taxi from the Airport Rail link Hua Mak station. From here, it only takes 20~30 minutes to Siam Park City. This choice takes the least amount of time and money; around 75~100 baht at mot depending on the traffic.
If you feel this is too complicated, click below to buy a ticket to Siam Park City including the transfer fees.
Dream World – the most well-known amusement park located just outside the city proper, in the neighboring province of Pathum Thani. Visitors can experience and enjoy the amazing rides which are divided into several zones such as Dream World Plaza, Dream Gardens, Fantasy Land, and Adventure Land. One of the major highlights of Dream World is the “Snow Town”, where visitors can experience a truly arctic atmosphere in the powdery snow!
Here is how you can go to Dream World conveniently.
Start from Victory Monument BTS Station (N3)
This is the best method to get to Dream World because this is the main hub for land transport, where you can transfer to local buses and minivans that take you to popular tourist destinations around Bangkok.
Going by BUS (takes 1 hour)
After leaving from the Victory Monument BTS Station, walk through the skywalk to “Ko Din Dang” where you can take an air-conditioned bus No. 538 (Victory Monument – Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi) which costs around 25 baht. Get off at “North Bangkok University” station (or you can ask the fare collector on the bus to remind you when to get off). After leaving the bus, you will see an overpass. Use this to cross to the other side of the road.
From there, walk straight for about 100 meters, and you will see a bridge on your right side.
Cross the bridge and walk further until you see a shuttle bus stop.
Dream World provides free Shuttle bus services from the entrance to the Ticket booth/ Information counter every day. The shuttle bus leaves every 10 minutes.
Do you feel more confident in getting to Dream World Bangkok by public transit now?
If you still think this is too much hassle for you, you can simply get the ticket combined with transportation. For those who would like to get tickets for Dream World and transportation, click below.
Beaches, ice creams, short pants… It’s finally time to bid the long scorching summer goodbye and welcome the chilly fall weather with open arms. Famous author Jim Bishop once said, “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons”. In contrast to the lush green grass and fragrant flowers of Spring, Autumn presents us with stunning shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Known for its beautiful scenery all year round, Seoraksan National Park is the starting point of fall foliage in Korea. Located in the northeast of Korea, the park spreads across Gangwon Province which is divided into two main areas, OeSeorak (east) and NaeSeorak (west).
It is an extremely popular hiking destination during the autumn season, with throngs of people gathering to watch the leaves change color. On October 18th, the foliage will reach its peak in the park, boasting magnificent views of the mountains with the hiking routes blanketed in a canvas of yellow, reddish-gold and orange.
To enjoy the autumn tints here to the fullest, we highly recommend the following two trails:
1) Seoraksan National Park – Baekdamsa Temple
Baekdamsa Temple is one of the beloved trails you can take from Seoraksan, a very popular destination within the mountains. The trail here is narrow and winding, but it’s well worth it as it is a beautiful temple, known for its scenery that embodies an old history tracing back to the Silla kingdom (B.C.57~935).
There are streams and valleys nearby as well that add more beauty to the scenery, complete with crisp blue skies and a gentle cool breeze.
The second trail is fromSeoraksan to Ulsanbawi, a massive rock standing at 876m that provides a spectacular view. Hiking up these granite peaks is no easy task, with the last section involving a steep flight of 800 steps that can be especially difficult to climb in strong winds.
But don’t give up, because once you reach the summit and gaze upon the panoramic view, you’ll realize the pain and suffering were all worth it.
Besides the foliage, Seoraksan boasts colossal mountain peaks that pierce through the clouds, dense rocks, gorging valleys and cascading waterfalls that are sure to be magnificent.
* There are various trekking options available on Seoraksan National Park. If you want to challenge yourself to hike Seoraksan National Park while enjoying the beautiful autumn foliage, click here.
The next foliage destination that you could visit in South Korea is Naejangsan, located in Jeolla Province. This place is particularly famous for its vivid crimson foliage, 600-year-old nutmeg trees, and famous waterfalls such as Dodeok Falls. There are also two famous temples to explore called Baekyangsa Temple and Naejangsa Temple.
Temples, mountains, plants, animals, waterfalls … Naejangsan has an endless list of things to offer so you’ll never be bored. There are incredible views every season, such as cherry blossoms in the spring, greenery in the summer, and trees covered with snow in the winter.
Known for its beautiful thick forest of fir trees, Odaesan National Park was used as a location of the hit Korean drama, “Goblin,” starred by Gong Yoo and Kim Go-Eun.
The nearby Woljeongsa Buddhist Temple, located in the valley east of Mount Odaesan, founded in 643, is another stunning site to take in the autumn foliage.
Daedunsan, at 878 meters, is known for its steep and rocky landscapes and is one of the most challenging but worthwhile mountains to climb. Characterized by large rocks and trees, the main attraction is a hair-raising suspension bridge that hangs over a deep ravine 300 meters above sea level. Cross it if you dare! We can assure you that it’ll add an element of thrill and excitement to your trekking, especially on a windy day when the bridge sways from side to side.
Daedunsan(Mt) Cable Car - Beautiful Korea @ 대둔산 - YouTube
However, for those of you who don’t want to cross the bridge, you can ride the cable car instead! Aside from the thrills, Daedunsan is full of maple leaves that are a dazzling red spectacle from above.
Chuseok (‘Hangawi’ in Korean), or the Korean Thanksgiving, is one of the biggest Korean holidays. And the good news is, this year’s Chuseok will be 5 days long in total, starting from Sept 22 to 26.
Many shops, department stores, and restaurants will close down at some point during the holiday.
Still, luckily, there are many places to visit and exciting events for travelers and expats in Korea to enjoy during the Chuseok holiday.
1. Historic sites & Museums
In Seoul, the royal palaces and museums are perfect places to get into the Chuseok holiday spirit as they will offer plenty of cultural and traditional activities to indulge in.
• Korean Folk Village – Korean Folk Village is a “living museum” type of outdoor park where you can feel what Korea was like in the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). You can explore every corner of the village and go into various types of ancient houses. Get 42% off on Korean Folk Village here.
• Namsangol Hanok Village –A popular Chuseok holiday destination, located near Chungmuro Station, where visitors can take part in various hands-on activities and enjoy folk music performances.
• National Folk Museum – Located in the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum offers a wide range of hands-on activities and traditional games. Open during the Chuseok holiday period except on Oct 4.
• National Museum of Korea – The National Museum of Korea, the nation’s largest museum located in Yongsan in the central Seoul, will hold various traditional events. Open during the Chuseok holiday period except on Oct 4.
• Korean War Memorial – The Korean War Memorial in Yongsan displays replicas of missiles and exhibitions about the Korean War. From October to November, the daily events, such as Military Musical Performance and Women Honor Guard Marching, are held every Saturday at 3pm. The exact operation date for the Chuseok holiday is TBD.
2. Amusement Parks
For a nontraditional holiday, set out for Korean amusement parks that are open all year round. As this year’s Chuseok coincides with the Halloween season, it will be a double joy!
They will be more crowded than usual, so be sure to get the admission tickets in advance.
Everland – Everland is Korea’s largest theme park located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, boasts a wide range of rides and attractions, such as T-Express, one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world. During Chuseok, enjoy Everland theme park’s Halloween attractions, such as the Blood City, a new zombie apocalypse-themed event, Horror Maze, Horror Safari and many more.
Lotte World – Lotte World, the biggest indoor theme park located in Jamsil, Seoul, is holding Horror Halloween Season 2 until Nov 5. From zombie games in VR to live-action zombie invasions, there are plenty of attractions to give visitors the ultimate zombie experience!
Seoul Land – Seoul Land is the best family-friendly park located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province that has the most kid-friendly rides and attractions. The “Halloween October Festival” will be held until Nov 15!
If you are staying in Seoul, check out these brilliant musical and cultural performances that will spice up your holiday. Click on each performance below for details. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance!
• Cookin’ Nanta Show– Nanta Show is a non-verbal performance incorporating traditional percussion and humor that has long been a popular staple since 1997. The show runs every day at Myeongdong Nanta Theatre and Hongdae Nanta Theatre.
• Jump Show– Packed with martial arts and humor, Jump Show is an award-winning nonverbal dance performance that incorporates ‘taekwondo’ and other Asian martial arts. Since 2003, the show runs every day at Myeongbo Art Hall in Jung District, Seoul. For more details about Jump Show, click here.
• The Palace ‘Jang Nok-su-jeon’ Show– A traditional Korean musical performance that is based on Korean folktales at Jeongdong Theater, Seoul. Jeongdong Theater is a state-of-the-art performing arts center for Korean traditional shows since 1995.
• FANTA-STICK – A live Korean musical featuring a blend of Korean folk music ‘gukak’ and modern art performances, using Korean traditional instruments. The show runs every day at 5:00pm and 8:00pm at NH Art Hall near Seodaemun Subway Station in Seoul.
4. Other Cities
Fortunately, less traffic jam is expected due to a large number of Koreans traveling abroad this Chuseok holiday. So use this time of the year to explore other cities in Korea!
The best bet might be Busan,the second-largest city in Korea located down south. Famous for stunning ocean views and fresh, delicious seafood, Busan offers completely different experiences from Seoul.
Trains and buses are almost always fully booked both during and before the Chuseok holiday but don’t be disappointed.
For those who want to save themselves a trip to Busan this Chuseok, here’s an all-inclusive package, Hassle-free BUSAN 3D2N Trip for Chuseok 2018 (Sep 24~26), offered at an early bird price of $167 USD per person. The package includes a round-trip bus transportation, 2-nights stay at Haeundae Citadines Hotel, a 4-star hotel in front of the beach and free time to explore.
It’s that time of year again, “the season with clear skies and stout horses.” Nothing depicts fall in Korea more accurately than this old saying.
During the fall, the weather is at its prime with the perfect combination of sunshine and cool breeze. Additionally, the harvested crops are so plentiful that even livestock get to enrich themselves, so what’s not to like about this peaceful season?
Besides the beautiful scenery on the street and the smell of pumpkin spice and roasted chestnuts, there’s another reason why we anticipate fall…it’s the time of Korean Thanksgiving, also known as “Chuseok“!
1. Chuseok, Happy Korean Thanksgiving Day!
Chuseok is a harvest festival that the whole nation celebrates together. Many scholars claim that it originates from the shamanistic worship ritual of giving thanks to the harvest moon and ancestors. Farmers would show their gratitude and pay homage to their ancestors by presenting them with their new harvest, believing they would spend the coming winter with warmth and plenty of food and have a rich harvest for the coming year. They would then share their food with friends, family, and neighbors.
Nowadays, it’s a time when people take a break from their busy lives to head home and spend time with their family and friends. As a result, airports, trains, and roads are packed as people return to their hometowns. There’s even an expression for such phenomenon, the “mass migration of Chuseok“. So if you plan to travel anywhere during Chuseok holiday, make sure you book your tickets way ahead of time or you’ll be headed absolutely nowhere.
“Charye” is an ancestor memorial ritual that has been carried out for thousands of years in Korea. On the morning of Chuseok, family members gather in their homes to hold a memorial service for their ancestors, usually up to around four generations above (Chuseok would probably be over if they tried to pay their respects to every single one). During the ceremony, food, fruits, and beverages are offered to them. Each dish has a designated spot on the table and there are set processes such as lighting candles before alcohol is poured into three different cups and bowing twice afterward.
On the morning of Chuseok, family members gather in their homes to hold a memorial service for their ancestors, usually up to around four generations above (Chuseok would probably be over if they tried to pay their respects to every single one).
During the ceremony, food, fruits, and beverages are offered to them. Each dish has a designated spot on the table and there are set processes such as lighting candles before alcohol is poured into three different cups and bowing twice afterward. After the ceremony, everyone sits together to enjoy the delicious food they prepared and used for the ceremony as they reunite and bond with their family members.
2. It’s Not a Festival Without Food!
No food, no party. That’s the universal rule.
Chuseok is no exception. Preparing the delicacies is a lengthy process that involves many hands due to the quantity and variety of foods to be made. The food is meant to serve the ancestors. Therefore, Koreans believe that the more effort you put into making it, the more respect you are paying for them.
Songpyeon: The Delicious Chuseok Delicacy
When it comes to Chuseok specialties, it would be blasphemous to leave “Songpyeon” off the table.
This crescent moon shaped rice cake is made with rice from the first harvest of the year, filled with beneficial ingredients such as powdered sesame, red beans, brown sugar, and chestnuts. The finishing touch is a fragrant pine scent, achieved by layering the cake with pine needles.
Though Songpyeon used to be made solely by women, nowadays the whole family participates. And ladies, take note! There’s a belief that a person who makes Songpyeon in the prettiest shape will meet a great spouse and have a beautiful baby, so make it count!
Besides Songpyeon, various other foods and fruits are served during the festival. Seasoned vegetables, pork, beef, and fish are common and the remaining choices vary by region.
For instance, in the northern part of Gyeongsang province, dried shark meat called Dombaegi and octopus are served because their main harvest is seafood.
It’s quite interesting to see the variety of foods in different regions, so do give them a try if you have the chance!
3. Eat, Pray and … Play!
So you’ve filled your stomach with delicious food and spent hours chatting with your family members. Now, it’s time to relax… NOT! The real fun now begins.
There are many fun traditional activities that await you, so get up and prepare to have fun!
About Ganggangsulae Dance
This nearly impossible-to-pronounce dance is traditionally done by women to pray for a bountiful harvest.
They come together under the brightest full moon, forming a circle as they hold each other’s hands. As the lead singer starts singing, the rest sing the refrain “Ganggangsulae” as they rotate clockwise. The dance gets faster and faster as the tempo speeds up and can last until dawn.
No one knows the exact origin, but many people claim the dance dates back to the 16th century when the Japanese attacked Korea. Naval commander Yi Sun-shin ordered the women to circle the mountains in military uniform to scare the enemy off, in an effort to deceive them into thinking the Korean military was greater in number than it actually was.
If you’ve never seen the dance, it’s quite interesting and exciting. Better yet, why not join in!
“Ssireum” is a traditional sport in Korea, composed of two opponents who wrestle while holding each other’s belts, called ‘Satba (샅바)’.
To win, the player must bring his opponent down to the sandy ground. Unlike Japanese Sumo wrestling, pushing the player out of the circle does not signify victory.
The biggest contest is held during the festival, its popularity scale comparable to American football on Thanksgiving as many families enjoy watching the games on TV.
Traditionally, the champion of the contest receives a bull and rice as the victory prize along with earning the title of being “the world’s strongest man”. He’s definitely not someone you want to mess with.
Can you imagine what an honor it would be for a man to be called the world’s strongest and to bring home a bull in one hand and a bag of rice in the other?
About Bull Fighting
There is no written record of its origin, but bullfighting has been done traditionally over many centuries. However, Korean bullfights don’t involve much blood or killing at all.
Instead of humans fighting bulls like in Spain, it’s literally just two bulls fighting each other. So if you’re an animal lover, don’t worry as you won’t be seeing anything gruesome. As a matter of fact, the bulls are treated with lots of love and affection. The trainers take care of them in a respectable way, feeding them gourmet meals after training.
The show isn’t all about competition. Rather, it’s to show how well their livestock have been raised. In a contest, these thick-necked bulls butt heads until one eventually give in. A dual can last a few minutes or even hours.
Cheungdo is the city well known for its annual bullfight festival, with its own exclusive stadium that holds various events related to bullfighting. The event draws thousands of tourists every year. If you’re interested in this unique traditional and exciting event, you should try a visit to Cheungdo this Chuseok.
If you’re stuck with nothing to do during Chuseok because your family is abroad, don’t stay at home moping. Head outside as there are still many things to do!
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, we hope you spend the best time during Chuseok holiday! And don’t forget to stop by Trazy.com to stay updated on the latest events and fun things to do in South Korea.