Would you rather get on a roller coaster or walk around a theme park? Only the faint of heart would choose the latter!
There is no Disneyland in South Korea (not yet, at least), but there are many terrific theme parks that let you experience the thrill of airtime chills. If you’re brave enough to risk life, limb, and sanity for the sake of extreme chills, then brace yourself — we’ve listed the most thrilling theme park rides in South Korea!
T Express – Everland, Yongin
From a distance, T Express may look like an old-school roller coaster. But when you get up close, it’s clear this ride is something else entirely.
One of the tallest and longest wooden roller coasters in the world, Everland’s T Express is also the steepest. This thrilling ride gives a sense of vertigo and makes you feel like you’re plummeting from a great height — at a 46-meter drop and 106-kph maximum speed.
Rolling X-Train – Everland, Yongin
The thrill at Everland does not stop at T Express — do not skip the Rolling X-Train! It is not as scary as the former, but you’ll still get serious air time with its four inversions that feel like you’re being hurled off your seat.
The Rolling X-Train is a standard double-loop, double-corkscrew model by Vekoma, with a top speed of 70 kph and a height of 30 meters.
Gyro Swing – Lotte World, Seoul
If you’re looking for something a bit more out there, Gyro Swing might be what you’re looking for. As the name suggests, this Lotte World ride is a swing that spins you around fast and up to 42 meters above the ground.
When your stomach hits your feet, just think of it as weightlessness! And enjoy the view of Seokchon Lake while you’re up there!
Gyro Drop – Lotte World, Seoul
The first of its kind in South Korea, Lotte World’s Gyro Drop lets you enjoy an exhilarating sense of weightlessness while suspended at a dizzying height of 75 meters and dropped at a rate of 100 kph — that only takes 2 seconds!
As you watch and wait in line, we can almost guarantee that there will be some internal debates about whether to actually ride it or not.
Mega Swing 360 – E-World, Daegu
Lotte World’s Gyro Swing didn’t scare you enough? Press on, and strap yourself in at E-World Daeugu’s Mega Swing 360! Here, you will not only be swung and spun but also flipped upside down at a full 360 degrees!
When you’re at the top, the ride slows down to a near stop and you just hang at an inverted state for a while — no matter what, do not let your heart drop!
Sky Drop – E-World, Daegu
Standing on top of a hill at an altitude of 213 meters, E-World’s Sky Drop is the tallest drop tower in the country. It boasts a maximum descent speed of 124 kph!
If you suddenly feel regret for your life choices, the view of the surrounding lush hills in Daegu may be a marvelous consolation.
Draken – Gyeongju World, Gyeongju
Gyeongju World is another must-visit destination for thrill seekers, and Draken is its flagship attraction — for good reason. This record-breaking thrill ride is South Korea’s first dive coaster, with the highest drop height, best fall angle, and top speed.
This roller coaster may cause you to lose your breath, your mind, or your soul at the top of the 90-degree descent!
Phyton – Gyeongju World, Gyeongju
The Phyton is another representative thrill attraction of Gyeongju World and is the country’s first inverted roller coaster, opened in 2017.
It is one of the fastest roller coasters in South Korea, reaching up to 100 kph. It also boasts six inversions and four descents — enough to lose the lunch you just ate minutes ago.
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