3 Must-Try Rides & Attractions at Caribbean Bay Water Park in Korea

Looking for the best things to do in summer in Korea?caribbean-bay-water-park (6)Head over to Caribbean Bay Water Park, the most popular water park in Korea, which offers nonstop excitement and thrills!

If this is your first-time visit and have no idea what to ride and experience, here we’ve picked 3 great water slides you absolutely must try at Caribbean Bay Water Park.

1. Mega Storm

From 36m above the ground, your adventure begins on Mega Storm in a 6-person tube. With 3 times of steep drops and surges, you can experience a zero gravity – all in just 1 minute.caribbean-bay-water-park (7)And the highlight is? A funnel-shaped large Tornado that makes you feel as if you’re swirling in a real tornado!caribbean-bay-water-park (1)Use Caribbean Bay Q-Pass, an express pass, for Megastorm. The Q-Pass allows you to access the express queue of selected rides and attractions during peak season and weekends!

2. Tower Boomerang Go

Another water slide you must try at Caribbean Bay is Tower Boomerang Go. It is a fast-paced ride, which falls from a Pirate Watchtower and then rises up toward a 19 meter hill at a 90 degree angle.caribbean-bay-water-park (3)

3. Tower Raft

Imagine yourself falling from the height of a 5-story building. Yes, the Tower Raft will make your imagination true. Enjoy the rapid curves throughout this fun ride!caribbean-bay-water-park (4)

Get 40% off on Caribbean Bay tickets or save up to 30% with Trazy’s ticket+shuttle bus package!

Other attractions at Caribbean Bay Water Park

Besides these ultra-fun water slides, families and friends can also enjoy a variety of swimming pools, including a wave pool, a lazy river, indoor pools and many more.caribbean-bay-water-park (5)caribbean-bay-water-park (11)caribbean-bay-water-park (10)

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10 Best Water Sports & Activities to Try in Jeju Island This Summer

Known for vivid emerald waters and white sandy beaches, your summer trip to Korea’s most popular holiday destination, Jeju Island, wouldn’t be complete without trying one of the exciting water sports and water-based activities on the island.

Here are some of the coolest water sports and activities in Jeju Island you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for. 😉

1. Scuba Diving

Jeju Island offers incredible diving sites with a spectacular underwater seascape, particularly the east coast of Jeju Island.jeju-divingFor first-timers: Here’s a great diving program for those who don’t have a diving certification, which is guided by an experienced instructor and offered in English for foreigners.

For experienced divers with a license: ‘Fun Diving in Jeju Island‘ offers 3 different courses to choose from according to the diver’s level of experience and license.

Want to have a one-of-a-kind scuba diving experience? Sign up for ‘Aquarium Scuba Diving‘ which offers participants a unique chance to dive into a huge fish tank at Aqua Planet Jeju, one of the largest aquariums in Asia (bigger than Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan!).

2. Underwater Sea Walk

Imagine walking through the ocean ground and feeding the fish underwater. For this awesome sea walk experience, there’s nothing more complex than walking around the seabed in a bathing suit with a cute helmet on.b4d352c713e3ae209bde04325b0bc2a6bd41051a_slice_0

3. Snorkeling

If you want to be classic, go on a snorkeling adventure. Jeju Ocean Park is one of the top ‘snorkeling’ hotspots on the island. Don’t worry if you can’t swim. You will be educated with the safety precautions and professional safety guards will be present at all times.jeju-snorkeling

4. Paddleboarding

Stand up and paddle into the sunset while enjoying the beautiful view of Udo Island and Seongsan Ilchungbong Peak on a paddle board! If you have never tried paddleboarding before, your stay in Jeju Island is the perfect time to try it!IMG_6858

5. Kiteboarding (Kitesurfing)

Go up higher with kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, in Jeju Island! This thrilling water-surface sport is absolutely a blast! jeju-kitesurfing.jpg

6. Kayaking

Sit back and chill out in your kayak while taking in the stunning natural scenery. Some of the best spots to go kayaking in Jeju Island are Woljeongri Beach, Yongyeon Pond and Hado Beachjeju-transparent-kayak.jpgSEE MORE: Kayak Fishing in Northeastern Jeju Island

7. Sailing on a Glass Yacht

Enjoy a luxurious ride with Chagwido Glass Yacht, which will take you on a tour around Chagwido Island, a tiny beautiful island located on the west coast of Jeju Island. You can sit in stylish comfort while watching the sunset and enjoy swimming, fishing and snorkeling on this modern and classy glass yacht during the tour!Chagwido Glass YachtSEE MORE: Grande Bleu Yacht Tour

8. Seogwipo Submarine Experience

Go on an underwater expedition with Seogwipo Submarine! Passengers can look out the sea through the windows of the submarine and discover the incredible nature and diverse marine life of Jeju Island during the one-and-a-half-hour ride.jeju-seogwipo-submarine-2

9. Deep Sea Fishing

Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in Jeju Island? Then go on a fishing trip! There are excellent fishing destinations near Seongsan Ilchulbong, a famous tuff cone formed by volcanic eruption, and Chagwido Island, the largest uninhabited island 2km off the west coast of Jeju Island. Visitors at all ages and levels can try their hands at fishing so bring your friends and family on this exciting fishing trip!jeju-deep-sea-fishing

10. Seogwipo Ferry Cruise

Seogwipo Ferry Cruise is the most popular sightseeing cruise in Jeju Island that cruises along the south coast of Jeju Island. During the ride, you will be able to take in the wonderful sights of the island such as the famous Jeongbang Falls. Make sure to take advantage of discount tickets to Seogwipo Ferry Cruise before you visit!jeju-seogwipo-ferry-cruise.jpg

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3 Best Beaches in Korea Worth Traveling For

It’s summer in Korea and you should be taking time out on the beach!

As the Korean peninsula is surrounded by ocean on three sides, there are countless beach options for beachgoers to choose from.

Sure the Haeundae Beach in Busan is a great option as it offers luxurious five-star hotels and buzzing nightlife, but there are plenty of other beach destinations across Korea that are absolutely worth a visit.

For those who are planning a beach getaway, here we’ve got the inside scoop on some of the best beaches in Korea you must visit this summer.

And whether you’re looking for relaxing break or action in or out of the water, these beaches have something for you.

1. Jangho Beach – Best for snorkeling

Slip beneath the waves and enjoy snorkeling!

| Where: Samcheok City, Gangwon Province

janghoLocated on the east coast of Korea, Jangho Beach is often referred to as ‘the Naples of Korea’ as it offers a beautiful crescent coastline with unique rock formations.jangho-2In addition to transparent kayaking, Jangho Beach offers an excellent snorkeling experience, thanks to its crystal clear waters.

If you want to experience Jangho Beach’s snorkeling scene, take a day trip via Trazy.com. And you’ll definitely want an underwater camera for this trip!

| Book Jangho Beach 1 Day Tour (+Snorkeling)

2. Surfyy Beach – Best for surfing

Get wave-ready! Swim, surf, soak up the sun!

Where: Yangyang County, Gangwon Province

yangyangIf you want to avoid the big summer crowds or need seaside chillaxing, and have maybe a cocktail or two, ‘Surfyy Beach’ is your go-to beach.

Hidden in Yangyang County’s Hajodae Beach, Surfyy Beach is a strip of private beach that offers a laid back surfing vibe and new generation surf facility for hip surfing crowds. yangyang-3There are also separates zones for surfers and swimmers, which allow surfers to enjoy the waves without crashing into the beach crowds.

While most of the visitors are locals, Surfyy Beach is also visited by Korean celebrities, including Kang So-ra, San E and Jessi.yangyang-2If being in the water isn’t for you, you can just kick back and laze around the loungers and parasols that line the white sandy beach.

Those who want to visit Surfyy Beach can book a trip via Trazy.com, which includes a round-trip transportation and the use of shower facilities and a locker.

If you are a surfer, you don’t even have to bring your own board if it’s too much of a hassle: a surf lesson, a surf board and shower facilities and a locker are provided at an additional cost.

| Book Yangyang Private Beach 1 Day Tour (+Surfing)

3. Daechon Beach – Best for zip lining

Fly high and zip across the ocean!

Where: Boryeong City, Chungcheongnam Province

daecheon-2If you like buzzing beaches, head to Daecheon Beach, the largest beach located on the west coast of Korea.

While Daecheon Beach is best known for its annual summer festival, Boryeong Mud Festival, which takes place around late-July, there are numerous exciting activities for the beachgoers to enjoy by the beach.daecheon-3daecheonOne of the top-rated activities to try is the exhilarating zip line experience. With Daechon Zip Trek, you can fly down the 52m-high zip line at up to 80km per hour over the Daecheon Beach!

Otherwise, you can opt for riding a scenic rail bike along the 2.3km-long old train track, which has been transformed into a bike trail, offered by Daecheon Sky Bike.

A tour to Daecheon Beach is available on Trazy.com until the mud festival period, before the summer crowds rush in. Zip line and rail bike experiences are available at an additional cost.

| Book Daecheon Beach 1 Day Tour (+Zip Trek)

Traveling to Korea this summer? Find out more things to do in Korea in the summer and start hunting for the best summer travel deals today at Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

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Surfyy Beach
Boryeong City Official Homepage

5 Best Festivals in July 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

During the month of July, Korea is packed with plenty of fun things to do such as live music, fireworks and water fights.

If you want to have some serious summer fun in Korea, make sure to check out these upcoming festivals in July!

1. Boryeong Mud Festival

| Where: Daecheon Beach, Boryeong City
| When: 21 – 30 July 2017boryeong-mud-festival.jpgFor international travelers, there is nothing quite like Boryeong Mud Festival. It is Korea’s one of the largest and most popular festivals, which should be on top of the list for all festival-goers this summer.

At the festival, visitors can enjoy a variety of mud-based activities such as mud slides, mud pits, a mud prison, giant mud bath, a mud swimming pool and plenty more.

Besides these fun-filled activities, SBS MTV’s “The Show”, a popular Korean music television program will be broadcasted live at the venue on July 22 as part of the festival.

| How to Go: For anyone hoping to go to the festival, here’s a great ticket+shuttle package (shuttles depart from Seoul). A shuttle bus service from Busan to the festival is also available.

2. Sinchon Water Gun Festival

| Where: Sinchon, Seoul
| When: 29 – 30 July 2017sinchon-water-gun-2Once again, the Water Gun Festival will take place on the streets of Sinchon, where a huge crowd of people will be squirting each other with water guns. Now, start gearing up for the Water Gun Festival!

| Ticket Info: Everyone is welcomed to participate this event. But don’t go back all wet! The festival offers special discounted online packages, which include a ticket (a wristband), which gives an access to the changing rooms and a locker, a raincoat and goggles, starting from $9. A variety of water gun options is also available at an additional cost.

3. Hearbeat Festival 2017

| Where: Nanji Hangang Park, Seoul
| When: 22 July 2017heartbeat-festival.jpgPart music festival, part haunt event, Heartbeat Festival 2017 is one of this summer’s hottest festivals you should not miss when you are in Seoul.

The festival’s music lineup will include some of the best Korean rappers and DJs such as DOK2, Haze, Reddy, Choi Ha-min, DJ RANA, DJ Cream and more. Also, there will be a scare zone and a zombie flash mob, which will surely keep festival-goers entertained.

| Ticket Info: Tickets are 34% off on Trazy, the official English booking website for Hearbeat Festival 2017.

4. Water Bomb Festival 2017

| Where: Jamsil Sports Complex, Seoul
| When: 29 July 2017water-bomb-2This year, the Water Bomb Festival will return with even more powerful water explosions and an awesome lineup!

For those new to the festival, it is the best water festival with the best dance music scene, where festival-goers can choose either Team Red or Team Blue, team up with their favorite artists and soak up the targets with water guns.

This year, the festival will feature acts including HyunA, Korea’s hottest rappers such as BewhY, C Jamm and Jessi, and Korean reggae artists Skull & Haha, as well as many local and international DJs, including Lookas, Maximite and DJ KOO.

| Ticket Info: The 1st release tickets are currently $70 but will rise as the event draws closer. Tickets to Water Bomb Festival are available here.

5. Pohang International Fireworks Festival

| Where: Yeongildae Beach, Pohang City
| When: 26 – 30 July 2017pohang-fireworksKnown as the “City of Light and Fire,” the coastal city of Pohang will host its annual Pohang International Fireworks Festival where the spectacular fireworks display over the Yeongildae Beach will be showcased every night during the festival period.

Additional highlights include street performances, live music, laser shows and a magnificent fireworks competition on the night of July 29.

| How to Go: Overnight shuttle buses will be running to the festival from Seoul. It is best to book your ride in advance as the shuttle bus runs only on July 29.

★Bonus!

A few other festivals and events in Korea this summer include the Bonghwa Sweet Fish Festival from July 29 to August 5 (try and catch sweet fish with bare hands!) and the Wake Up City Festa Water Slide Festival in Haeundae Beach, Busan, from July 29 to August 13.

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Boryeong Mud Festival
Sinchon Water Gun Festival
Heartbeat Festival 2017
Water Bomb Festival 2017
Pohang International Fire & Light Festival

7 Best Festivals in May 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

From romantic spring flower festivals to star-studded spectacular music festival, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals.

Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2017 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide!

1. Taean Tulip Festival 2017

Immerse yourself in 1.5 million tulips and other spring flowers!

Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in South Korea.

While you can appreciate the beautiful tulips and spring flowers during the day, you can enjoy a fantastic array of impressive light displays at night!

  • Date: April 13~May 10
  • Venue: Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do Province (western part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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2. The Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival

Come and see the stunning gardens of colorful spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm, which is one of the most beloved gardens that offer fantastic flowers all year round.

Visit Nami Island nearby as well! It’s another famous destination where you can enjoy a stroll along scenic tree-lined paths and gardens.

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3. Boseong Green Tea Festival 2017

Prepare to be stunned by the endless stretches of green tea fields covering the entire hillside of Boseong Green Tea Plantation!

Selected as one of the “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN, this breathtaking natural scenery awaits you in Boseong Green Tea Festival.

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  • Date: May 3~May 7
  • Venue: Boseong County, Jeollanam-do Province (southwestern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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4. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival 2017)

Every year, Busan, a beautiful port city in South Korea, offers an incredible display of colorful lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, giving visitors an unforgettable experience.

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5. Seoul World DJ Festival 2017

After 7 long years of waiting, the World DJ Festival is finally returning to Seoul on May 13 & 14! Bringing top-notch EDM artists and DJs including Alan Walker, Brennan Hear, Jauz, Sultan+Shepard, Party Favor, Zeds Dead and many more. seoul-world-dj-festival-(2)

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6. Gangneung Danoje Festival Tour

Gangneung Danoje Festival is one of the biggest folk festivals in Korea that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, you will be able to witness shamanistic ritual of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy folk performances, Korean traditional wrestling called ‘ssireum‘ and many other cultural events.gangneung-danoje-festival

  • Date: May 27~June 3
  • Venue: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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7. Samcheok Rose Festival

Take a stroll through the vast, open gardens of beautiful roses in Samcheok City. Nearby the venue of the rose festival, you can also enjoy a rail bike with your beloved ones while taking in the beautiful scenery along the east coast of Korea.samcheok-rose-festivalsamcheok-rail-bike

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The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
Busan Yeon Deung Hoe Official Website
Nami Island Official Website

Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival | Travel Review & Tips

Usually, when the cherry blossoms are gone, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(120)Now, if you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be!

About Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival

Every year from mid-April to the end of April, a fantastic azalea festival takes place in Goryeosan Mountain, or Mount Goryeo, in the heart of Ganghwa Island in Incheon.

As Incheon is a city bordering with Seoul, it only takes 2 hours to get to the festival from Seoul by car, making it an ideal destination for a short excursion.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(127)

  • Festival Date: April 12 – 23
  • Location: Goryeosan Mountain, Ganghwa Island, Incheon
  • Best time to visit: Mid-April – late-April
  • Book a shuttle bus ride

To witness this otherworldly sight of flaming pink bloom myself, I visited the azalea festival via a shuttle bus package offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop. goryeosan thumbnail_1And it was a fantastic experience, definitely not an ordinary trip that you can take anywhere else except with Trazy. Read on to find out why! 🙂

Top 4 Highlights of Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival Trip

Take a look at the four highlights of my trip to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival, and you will see why this is ‘no ordinary’ trip.

1. Make your way to the top of Goryeosan Mountain to witness the breathtaking azaleas

Since the Azalea Habitat, the main feature of the festival, can be viewed from the peak of Goryeosan Mountain at 436m (1,430 feet), you will have to do some hiking during the trip, which gives you a ‘totally different’ travel experience you can’t get from other spring flower tours. goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(27)While hiking, you can find gorgeous pink azaleas along the way. So stop for a minute and take up-close photos! goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(124).jpgHonestly, I must say I am not a mountain person. But other than some relatively steep inclines on the way to the peak, the hiking trail that I took is enjoyable in overall even for non-climbers, like me.  goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(126)Plus, the spectacular views of breathtaking ripples of pink azaleas definitely pay you off when you reach the top of the mountain.
goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(129)goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(128)The festival also offers a photo zone where you can take pictures against a backdrop of Goryeosan Mountain covered with azaleas, too!goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(130).jpg

Take a look at the map below if you want to follow in my footsteps from my trip with Trazy!goryeosan-mountain-map

  • Total Distance: 2.9km
  • Duration: Approx. 1~1.5 hours; one-way
  • Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate
  • Detailed Course: Cheongryeonsa Temple Entrance (Drop-off location) > Cheongryeonsa Temple > Peak of Goryeosan Mountain & Azalea Habitat

2. Stop and replenish at Cheongryeonsa Temple

On the way to the top, you will pass by this beautiful Buddhist temple called Cheongryeonsa Temple, but I recommend you to fully enjoy your time at the top of the mountain and then drop by this temple on your way down.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(12)There is a rest area with a bench where you can replenish after burning off all your energy on your hike as well as a stunning magnolia tree, which was full in bloom during my visit.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(125)

3. Enjoy the tranquility at Gukhwa Reservoir

If you have spare time, take a brief moment at the reservoir where you can soak in the scenery and enjoy the tranquility.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(118)A short walk from the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple will have you at this calm and serene reservoir.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(131).jpg

4. Travel like a local at Ganghwa Pungmul Market

Before heading back to Seoul, there was a short stop at Ganghwa Pungmul Market during the trip. It was quite an authentic place that gives you a glimpse of a thriving and vibrant local Korean market scene.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(117)Check out this cute map of the market!goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(114)

Checklist for Travelers to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival

1. What to bring
Bring a sunscreen, hat, handkerchief, a water bottle and, of course, your camera, hiking poles if you have one. 😉

2. What to wear
Wear casual clothing and comfortable lightweight walking shoes!

3. Where & What to eat
While you can find vendors selling ice creams and cool beverages along the way to the peak, you can find outdoor food stalls around the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple and at the top of Goryeonsan Mountain.goryeosan-mountain-food.jpgThese food stalls serve Korean spicy cup noodles and local dishes such as ‘Muk-muchim (seasoned acorn jelly salad)’, ‘Pajeon (green onion pancake)’ and ‘Janchi-guksu (banquet noodles)’. The prices range from 5,000 to 15,000 KRW for the meals.

But bringing your own lunch box and enjoying it during the hike is a great option as well!

Enjoyed reading this travel review? If you have any questions about the trip, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and book Trazy’s trip now while it’s available!

Looking for other cool spring festivals in Korea?

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By Byungjoon Kim (IMG_1392Uploaded by Caspian blue) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons