Run to Gyeonggi-do with Running Man
Are you looking for a vacation destination somewhere in the suburbs this spring? How about a tour that follows in the footsteps of the popular variety show Running Man? Here we introduce you to landmarks and tourist destinations that have been featured in the television show.
[Gapyeong] Petite France as seen on Running Man ep. 20 and ep. 204
Petite France is literally ‘little France’ in Korea and the only French-themed amusement park in the country that brings you an entire southern provincial village of France. It is famous for its reference to Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novella The Little Prince. There is a memorial hall dedicated to the celebrated French author as well as statues of the Little Prince, Boa Constrictor, Fox, and Drunken Man, all of which make great souvenir photos.
Address: 616, Goseong-ri, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Inquiries: +82-31-584-8200, www.pfcamp.com
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday 09:00 – 18:00, Fridays and Saturdays 09:00 – 20:00
Admission fees: KRW 8,000 for adults, KRW 6,000 for teens, KRW 5,000 for children (36 months to elementary school students)
Parking: Free of charge
Open all year round
[Pocheon] Herb Island as seen on Running Man ep. 104
Just setting foot on Herb Island will melt away your stress and help you relax. The air is filled with the refreshing scent of fresh herbs. The buildings are replicas of great landmarks such as the Parthenon, Trevi Fountain, and renowned buildings in Venice, making visitors feel like they are in a scene from a fairytale. Colorful fireworks adorn the night sky at Herb Island while Venice Village and the Herb Museum are lit up to create a magical atmosphere. You will find herb shop, bakery, and herb café dotted all around the theme park as well as retro music café, Korean herbal medicine clinic, stores, and restaurants that will take baby boomers back to their childhood. Don’t forget to check out Dinosaur Village, a new addition to Herb Island.
Address: 517-2, Samjeong-ri, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
TEL: +82-31-535-6494, www.herbisland.co.kr
Open hours: 10:00 – 21:00 on weekdays and Sundays in wintertime, 10:00-23:00 on Saturdays and holidays
Admission fees: KRW 6,000 for adults, KRW 4,000 for children aged 37 months to middle school students, and senior citizens
[Goyang] One Mount, Ilsan Lake Park as seen on Running Man ep. 164
One Mount is a multi-faceted cultural space that integrates elements of water park, snow park, shopping mall, and sports club into one large entertainment center. Enjoy splashing in the water at the indoor water park in the coldest months. You can enjoy sledding, dog sledding or skating at the snow park anytime as it is open 365 days a year. You can also enjoy swimming, horseback riding simulator, and golf at the sports club. Whatever your age or gender, you are sure to find something exciting to do. If you’re into shopping, the four-story shopping mall offers a wide selection of popular fashion brands and restaurants. Don’t be limited by season or time. At One Mount you can enjoy all sorts of seasonal sports.
Address: 300, Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Open hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (weekdays), 10:00 – 20:00 (weekends)
Open hours are subject to change depending on the season, weather, facility maintenance, upgrades, and other special events.
|All-day pass||KRW 42,000||KRW 32,000|
|Afternoon pass||KRW 25,000||KRW 19,000|
*The same rates apply on weekends and weekdays.
*Admission fees are subject to change depending on the season, weather, facility maintenance, upgrades, and other special events.
|All-day pass||KRW 25,000||KRW 30,000|
|Afternoon pass||KRW 15,000||KRW 18,000|
Official website: http://snowpark.onemount.co.kr/
*How to get there: Get off at Juyeop Station (Subway Line no. 3) and walk for 15 minutes.
Ilsan Lake Park
Ilsan Lake Park is located in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do on a site covering approximately 1,000,000m2,makingitthelargestartificiallakeparkinallofAsia.Itisthemostprominentparkforrestandrecreationinthemetropolitanarea.Thesceniclakesetagainsttheromanticbackdropcreatedbythesunset,beautifullighting,andten-meter-highfountainisespeciallypopularamongcoupleslookingfortheperfectplaceforadate.TheannualHorticultureGoyangKoreatakesplaceatthepark,puttingtheLakeParkontheworldmap.
Address: Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Open hours: Open all year round
Official website: http://www.goyang.go.kr/park/index.do
How to get there:
Get off at Jeongbalsan Station (Subway line no. 3) and walk for five minutes.
Take bus no.1000, 2000, 9702, 9708 from Seoul Station.
Take bus no. 3300 from Incheon International Airport, or no. 33 from Gimpo International Airport.
[Yongin] Korean Folk Village as seen on Running Man ep. 185
Korean Folk Village is a replica of an entire traditional Korean village. The village was founded in 1974 to preserve Korea’s traditional folk culture and to raise awareness of the importance of preserving it for future generations. The folk market sells traditional foods and crafts, taking visitors to the old days. The outdoor theater features nongak band performances and traditional ceremonies such as weddings.
Korean traditional wedding ceremony
Nongak: Korean traditional music performance
Horseback martial arts
B-boy dance with Korean traditional music
Address: 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Open hours: 09:30 – 18:30 (wintertime: to 17:30 *subject to change depending on the season)
KRW 15,000 for adults; KRW 12,000 for teens; KRW 10,000 for children / Free pass: KRW 24,000 for adults; KRW 19,000 for teens; KRW 17,000 for children
Official website: http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr
[Yongin] Everland as seen on Running Man ep. 141
Everland was opened in April 1976 as Yongin Farmland, the first family park in Korea. The resort covers a 1,488,000m2 site while the theme park itself covers approximately 1,000,000m2. The Resort includes theme parks, an amusement park, a water park, and accommodations. It offers so many different activities, events and experiencing programs that can be enjoyed throughout the year. In spring, there are tulip and cherry blossom festivals and GKBF(Great Korean Beer Festival) is held in June. In fall, there is Holloween festival attracting many couples and foreign tourists and in winter it features Snow festival and Christmas festival. Everland is also one of most popular filming locations for many TV shows and dramas.
Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Open hours: 09:00 -22:00
Open all year round
Admission fees differ among facilities (refer to the official website)
Official website: http://www.everland.com1