Saturday, September 2, 2017

Seoul Subway Stops: Konkuk University

Oh Kondae..... the memories, or lack there of, I have from this stop are numerous. (I don't even have pictures from the area because I'm literally too drunk to take any pictures most of the time)

Konkuk University stop is like miniature Hongdae but with less foreigners. Most university stops are always great places for drinking and shopping. Kondae is known for it's food and it's hunting bars. But it also has a bunch of cute cafes and stall shopping. The vibe in the area is quite young (ok young compared to me). Everyone is early twenties and usually students. The place is well known for drinking, so people come from all over to drink here.

This post may be a little night time biased. I have been there during the day, however, most of my experiences here are night time (read drunk). We'll start with the innocent and work our way up in this article.

The one photo I have from Kondae
Kondae has a lot of cute cafes. There are many little cafes to pop into that are great for meeting friends before (or the day after) you go out. I went to this one chocolate dedication cafe where there were handmade chocolates in the front of the cafe. The whole cafe was super hip and cute. The latte was good and the cake was delicious.

I don't know much about the shopping to be honest (I know this is a huge surprise). I have seen small stalls and one time when I was walking around I saw this really awesome looking flea market. The whole building looked straight out of the 80's, neon lights and all. I didn't go in, but it's worth a visit.

Kondae is known for the food. There is even a food street. I haven't tried anything particularly fabulous from the area, but I like the food I have tried. It has all the regulars, chicken, meat, and other food to drink with. The streets are literally stuffed full of restaurants, so just walk in somewhere and enjoy the food. However, on a Friday or Saturday night, if you want to eat somewhere between 8-10 o'clock, expect to be turned away from a lot of restaurants. This isn't because they don't want you, it's just that the restaurants are so packed with people that most of them don't have tables. Sometimes it takes a long time just to find a restaurant. So, it is good to go earlier if you actually want to eat.

Now on to the night life...  There are so many places you can go drinking, you can literally pick any place. Kondae is known for it's hook up culture. So, a lot of the time, people are there to meet people. There is a hunting bar (once again, not deer hunting) at the center to specifically meet guys and gals. It's two stories of people hitting on people while drinking. The line to get in is usually ridiculously long and doesn't move very quickly, this is because people will sit in here for hours. There a twin  place in Hongdae that is three stories (I think). You can usually spot these bars because they tend to be wooden places with long lines out the door to get in. These are fun places to experience at least once, and if you like people watching, they are fabulous. There are also a plethora of drinking rooms. These are solo rooms where you can take a few friends to eat and drink in a small room without having to worry about other people. They are fun for getting to know people or if you don't feel like socializing with others at a bar. There are lots of clubs in the area, too. You can hear the music and see the promoters outside. This makes them hard to miss. They are the same as most Korean clubs; packed, filled with smoke, and with techno music. However, once you are drunk, they always seem like the best idea in the world.

This is all I can drag up from my skimpy memories of the area. For the young or those that like to party, this stop is great. It's less packed than Hongdae but just as fun. I have, obviously, enjoyed many a night out in the area.

Seoul Subway Stops: Nowon

Nowon is a stop that is super far on the North side of Seoul. I will give a fair warning about this stop, because it is my home stop (by that I mean the closest big stop near my apartment). I have spent a lot of time at this stop, so I have a lot to say about it. That being said, there is nothing overly special about this stop.

Nowon is one of the most densely populated places in Seoul, despite being so far to the North. There are always a lot of people walking around and lots of things to do. Exit 3 will let you off where all the action is.

If you are in to department store shopping, there is a big Lotte mall at this exit. There is also a Starbucks and an Outback Steakhouse, if you are feeling super into foreign food that day. But on to the more important things.

Nowon has a great little area for cheap clothes shopping. It has a bunch of stores that cater to all different styles of clothing that are popular here in Korea. It has party clothing stores. I am not talking about costumes, but rather clothes for a night out. It has sweet, feminine shops but also hard hip hop shops. All of these at really affordable prices. There are good shoe stores as well, they usually have shoes on the upper range of shoe sizes (they stop at a 250). The shoes are affordable as well and usually stylish for Korea. However, there are not many unique pieces that you can't find at other stores in Korea. Most the cheap clothing you find here is just repeated at most of the shops you go into. However, two of my favorite shops are actually in the subway at Nowon. One is beside the line 7 near exit 3 (look at me being specific) and the other is outside the line 4(look at me not being specific). Both are reasonably priced but I have found some of the better clothing I have bought recently at these stores.

As for skin care and make up shopping, they have all the big brands and all the make up stores you can imagine. Since it's not a big tourist spot, you don't get many English speaking people to help you. However, this also means they are not biased against tourists and tend to give the best service. (Looking at you Club Clio... I have spent a lot of money there but also.... I have gotten two eyeshadow pallettes and so much more as service. And the girls who work there are super knowledgeable and helpful).

Now for food and drinks. There is a chain coffee shop here, and I know, I KNOW, it is a chain and you can find them all over Seoul. But the Beansbins Coffee shop here has the best waffles I have ever had in my life. I love trying waffles at coffee shops in Korea and if you ever look at my instagram it's covered with pictures of coffee and waffles. The waffles in this shop are always warm and have nuts in them and they are fluffy and lovely and delicious. I am in love. I think I have gone every weekend to get a waffle (goodbye diet). The shop itself is the same as any coffee shop and other than the waffles, there is nothing special about this place. But the waffles brahhh the waffles.....

The sqrew and I tested out the night life recently. It was decent. There are quite a few restaurants and drinking places. It's really busy at night and there are lots of people walking around. The people around are really friendly.... however.... I feel (personal opinion) they are not used to foreigners here. The sqrew and I were stared at a lot and people kept coming up and saying Hi and then running away. That could be because the population in the area seems rather young because of all the academies around. But this even happened at the bar we were at the other day. There are quite a few busy streets and if you walk around there are some really poppin' spots to drink at. I have not seen a single club... there are always advertisements for this "Hunting Club". Hunter clubs and bars having nothing to do with hunting animals, these are places that you specifically go to meet people of the opposite sex. It is an open bar meant for people to move from table to table and talk. Anyways, we went on a search just to see where this place was because we thought maybe... maybe there would be more clubs around there.... nothing... we found nothing. I feel like there has to be clubs somewhere in Nowon.... but we are oblivious to them.

I really love the areas vibe. The streets have lots of art and statues. There are always lots of people around and it's very noisy. Which are all things that I'm into. I wouldn't say this area is worth a trip if you live far away or even if you are a tourist. But if you are close or want a fun no English experience, this is a great stop.

Seoul Subway Stops: Myeongdong

Myeongdong is one of the most popular subway stops in Seoul. It is a definite, on every blog, tourist attraction. Myeongdong is known for shopping. It is a big area packed with any store you could possibly imagine. Sometimes they even have stores in triplicates (read make up stores). It’s located in the center of the Seoul and is a must stop on most lists of places to visit in Seoul.

Personally, I hate it. It is constantly packed with people, lots of pushing and all the staff at the stores seem stressed, so they aren’t very helpful. The make up stores don’t give good service because there are so many people in and out. I just think there are much better places to go shopping in Seoul. HOWEVER, Myeongdong has it’s time and place.

It has a lot of foreign brands. So, if you need a larger size as a foreigner, then Myeongdong has stores where you can find those things. It has H&M, Forever 21, and a few other stores that are easy for those of us with bigger hips to shop at. There is also a full Converse store with some really cool/unique styles of converse shoes.


Other than those few stores, there is also a magnificent selection of street food. I think I have made a trip to Myeongdong just for the street food. There are booths upon booths of delicious street food. One of my favorite street foods is there. It’s fish bread honey comb ice cream (obviously that's its official name). Now, that sounds disgusting right. But the bread is just shaped like fish, it doesn’t actually taste like fish. The ice cream is usually milky and wonderful. Then they top it off with fresh honeycomb. Honeycomb ice cream was all the rage when I first got to Korea and it took me a year and a half to try it. I had wanted to try it so bad but just never saw vendors  or more so, vendors that were still open. Then a few months ago I tried it and was a IN LOVE. There is also Egg Bread. This is my close second for Korean Street food. It is something like corn bread with an egg on top but it’s sweet. Once again, doesn’t sound too appealing but it is seriously delicious. This you can find anywhere on almost any street corner. But if you are going to spend a day eating through Myeongdong, definitely add this food to your list. . In the summer time, it has slushies and fresh juice/fruit stops. Really, you could have a feast just along one street.

During Christmas time, I really like the atmosphere in Myeongdong. It feels very cheerful and full of people buying presents. The stores are decorated and, since it’s cold, the area really puts me in the Christmas spirit. If you are a foreigner living in a country that isn't your own, Christmas time can feel a little lonely. So, this area really cheered me up and reminded me of back home. 

Other than that, most people that live in Seoul will tell you to avoid the area because of the crowds and tourists. People literally go there with empty suitcases just to fill shopping through out the day, so it's a little crazy. But I think it's worth a visit, even if it's just for being a fatty. 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Korea Life: Adopting a Cat in Korea

Before I moved to Seoul, I was constantly watching all these posts about cats that needed to be adopted. I wanted one so bad, but I knew that I would be making a move soon. I kept telling myself to wait and wait. After I moved to Seoul, I knew I would be here for awhile. I decided it was time to add an extra member to my one member family. I had a cat in mind, I wanted a middle aged cat, preferably black (I wear all black and the hair wouldn't be as noticeable).

There are some cat rescues in Seoul. I researched all the places to adopt a cat from in Korea. Google is your best friend here and there are lots of helpful websites about adopting. I decided I couldn't handle the rescue houses. How do you pick out just one cat from all the cute cat's that need homes??? For me, this wasn't an option. I would be weighed down by guilt. I was kind of hoping a needy cat would just fall into my lap one day. 

This didn't happen. So, I found this site (rescuekorea.org) where you can find cats that are in need of homes and can directly email the current foster parents. I stalked the website daily for a few weeks, unable to make a decision. Then one day I saw the cutest cat. He was nothing like what I had wanted. He was only a year old (I was honestly thoroughly against a kitten before this). He was ginger and white in color with the cutest pink nose. I tried to talk myself out of it because I had really wanted to take on an older cat.... but I loved him just from his picture.

The process was easy. I emailed the foster mom, whose email was provided at the bottom. The foster mom was the nicest person and she was really helpful. She answered all my questions and let me come and meet the cat before I decided to adopt him. So, one weekend I went to her house to meet the cat with my friend. This poor kitty was too scared to even come near me or my friend. He hid in the bedroom the whole time. You would think this would turn me off from adopting him, but it was the opposite. This made me want to take him home even more, so that I could love him and keep him safe. 

The next weekend, I spent the whole day shopping and preparing the pick up my new kitty. The next day, with everything ready for him, I went and picked him up. He was thoroughly scared and it didn't help that we had a 30 minute or so subway ride with him in a carrier. When we finally got back to my place, he refused to come out of the carrier, but this was expected. However, unexpectedly, that night he climbed into bed with me. He made himself comfortable pretty quickly and now owns my apartment (and my heart). 

My experience adopting a cat in Korea has been pretty easy and pain free. This is due to a great foster mom who was easy to talk to and really nice. There are lots of cats out there for adoption and even though the rescues are sad, this is still a much better option than a pet store. There are so many pet stores here that only cater to kittens and puppies. It is a really sad because when they get too old, either they become breeders or go to a shelter. So, putting any money into these businesses is something I am thoroughly against. I could go on forever on that topic. The rescue homes have a much more complicated process than what I went through but it is understandable. There are people out there that adopt for the year they live here and then decide they don't want to take the cat/dog back home with them. Which is another topic I could also kick off on. Anyways, if you are looking for any sort of animal, please go the adoption route and know that it may be the more tedious route, but so much more rewarding. 

In conclusion this is my new cat 부끄 and I am obsessed with him. I highly recommend adopting if you have the time, money, and maturity for adding a pet to your household.  



Monday, May 22, 2017

Seoul Subway Stops: Hyehwa

One of my missions upon moving to Seoul, is to thoroughly explore the city. I don't want to get stuck in one area and stay there. So, I am starting a new segment to this blog called "Seoul Subway Stops" or "Triple S".... I will never call it that again.... ok maybe I will but I do recognize it is corny. Anyways, in these posts I will talk about different stops along the Seoul subway that I have explored and what there is to do there. So let's get started with the first stop along our subway tour of Seoul (please read infomericial voice): Hyehwa.

Hyewha is the really artsy part of Seoul. I first went to this stop because I was going to see a Shakespeare play at a little theater in the area (shoutout to the Seoul Shakespeare Company, they put on English plays in Seoul and are very good). The area is drenched in little coffee shops and theaters.

When you get off the subway, it just looks like a normal street. But with some exploring you can find some really cool things in this area. I think the claim to fame is the Mural Wall. There are lots of signs in the area pointing towards it. The Mural wall is pretty cool and great for some photo ops. There are lots of stairs and upward walking, so wear good shoes. As always, I can't explain exactly how to get here but walk around and I guarantee if you have any sort of directional sense, you can find it.

Near the Murals, there are lots of neat coffee shops. I felt extremely overwhelmed by all the cuteness. There are people walking around dressed up in sailor outfits taking couple photos along the stairs. There are shops where you can rent these as well, if you are into that sort of thing. The streets are flooded with shops that sell handmade goods that are pretty unique compared to what you usually see here.

My favorite shop here is the milk ice cream shop. I love milk flavored ice cream. It is a true and pure love that knows no boundaries. Luckily, this shop is far away from me or I would live off of the ice cream here. It has the hands down, best milk ice cream I have ever had in my life. I am obsessed and would go back every weekend just to eat it. I tell all my friends they have to go to this area just because I want to eat the milk ice cream when I take them there. (I'll give you a tour for some milk ice cream). It's hard to miss, it says Milk Ice Cream really big on the building and I love it.

If you keep walking upwards there are some cool streets to take pictures. My favorite is the balloons that you stand with to pretend like you are holding a big bunch of rainbow balloons. I, however, have not been able to get a good picture with these balloons... one day I will have that photo opp and it will be a beautiful photo. If you continue to go upwards, you hit the wall of Seoul. Walking along the wall gives you some great views. Eventually you'll hit a park where you can take some great pictures and you'll see lots of people cued up to take these photos.

The walk back down is pretty neat too, we were constantly finding something to take a picture with or some place to stop and look at things.

Back down at the bottom, there is a row of shoe stalls along the street. I didn't buy any, but the shoes look pretty cool and I definitely wanted to go shopping. In the area near the university, there are lots of places to do some clothes and accessory shopping on the cheap. It looks like it may be popular at night for drinking as well, but I cannot attest to this because I didn't stay long enough. However, I did shop and come out with some of my current favorites in clothing and accessories.

All in all, Hyewha is a great stop for a day trip. Great for a little exploring and shopping. And, most importantly, it's filled with great photo ops for the gram. (Like giant colorful poos to sit on)






Friday, May 19, 2017

Korea Life: Moving from Cheonan to Seoul

I recently (read almost 3 months ago because I post everything ridiculously late) decided that it was time to make the move to from Cheonan to Seoul. I wanted to live in Seoul originally but....  when I moved to Korea, I didn't have any previous teaching experience. Seoul is a much bigger city with a much more competitive market for English teachers. I knew if I wanted a good job in Seoul, that I would need experience first. I picked Cheonan for a lot of reasons; it was close to Seoul, it was a transportation hub (I could get anywhere pretty fast), and it was a great place to save money. I loved living in Cheonan and it's a great city to live in. But I am from a big city and I wanted to be back in a big city surrounded by lots and lots of people. When my contract finished at the end of February, I made the move to Seoul.

First things first, the actual move. Due to the situation of having no time off between jobs, I had a very limited window of time for moving. I ended work on a Friday night, moved to a new city on Saturday and started at a new job on Monday. To say it was stressful is a complete understatement. My school helped me hire a truck for Saturday to take me from Cheonan to Seoul. It was supposed to cost around 120 dollars, which isn't bad for a city to city move. Well, I specifically asked for a moving truck because the amount of clothes I have was in definite need of a full on truck. Unfortunately, something changed last minute and the truck was unavailable. A medium sized van pulls up in front of my apartment right on time, but I looked at it and said "not happening, my stuff can't fit in that thing!". The grumpiest faced old stepped out of this van. He looked just severely pissed from the onset. Luckily, I wasn't going through this alone (my male coworker, who is a worrywart, wouldn't hire the truck unless he knew I wasn't going alone). We moved all my stuff down and out of my apartment and into this truck in maybe 10 minutes. We had to tetris my stuff in and the grumpy faced man kept sighing and asking why there was so much stuff. Once we loaded all the stuff, he said he wasn't going to drive for the same price. He wanted 60 more dollars because there was so much stuff. I had no choice but to say yes because my stuff was already in his truck. We all piled into this van and were off on the long ride to Seoul.

No joke, it took 5 hours.... 5 hours!! The trip is usually 2 hours but the traffic was horrible and my new apartment was on the Northern most edge of Seoul. Janelle was blogging the whole way and the van was hot. It was miserable. We were all whining and annoyed in the car. But the absolute worst part was how bad  I needed to pee. I needed to pee so bad. I cannot even begin to explain this pain. I should have gone before we left, but I didn't, I was stupid and my bladder, kidneys, whatever... it paid for it. I was literally crying by hour 3. I wanted to ask the man to stop but we were in such bad traffic, it wasn't moving, and I was scared of the driver because he was grumpy. I thought I was going to pee in the back of this man's van. Since, my friend was vlogging the whole thing, she caught the crying on camera. I wish I could say it was funny now, looking back... but it wasn't. The pain of needing to pee that bad will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Anyways, I made it and unloaded my stuff faster than it was loaded because the man was rushing us. But I was finally moved and I was in my new apartment. My friends went out to dinner with me for my first night and then they went back to Cheonan.

That was my moving experience in Korea. It was pretty bad. From the wrong truck, to the grumpy old man, to the bladder infection that I thought I would get.... it was rough. But I guess I successfully moved with all my stuff... so it's not as bad as it could have been. I could have been dropped off in the middle of nowhere and had all my stuff stolen or something. (I don't know, something definitely could have gone very wrong).

Adventure Time in Korea: Vivaldi Park (Skiing for the First Time)

Working at an academy (aka Hagwon) in Korea doesn't come with a lot of vacation time. There are lots of holidays with 4 day weekends but actual vacation time is minimal. Usually, you will get a week in summer and a week in winter. So, those of us working as teachers at Hagwons tend to take these weeks very seriously, you must get EVERYTHING you can in in in this short week. The sqrew and I decided to check out one of Korea's hottest spots for skiing, Vivaldi Park.

DISCLAIMER!
Now, I am from Texas, I didn't actually see snow until I moved to Korea, so you can already guess I have never, ever been skiing in my life. I was accompanied by two other people who had never been skiing before either. We knew this was going to be an interesting, maybe dangerous, experience.

We had help from one of our Korean coworkers in booking everything. Vivaldi Park is not a big tourist place for foreigners. Many Koreans were surprised to find out we were going there because apparently there are more foreigner friendly (read English speaking) places to go. But our coworker said this was the best skiing and that we should go here. She helped us book the house and gave us an itinerary with a break down on how to do pretty much everything.

DAY 1
Heinously early on Christmas Eve (and wearing couple clothes ;)), we got on a bus to Seoul then on a bus to Vilvaldi Park. The bus from Cheonan to Seoul was easy, because we had made that trek a million times over. But the bus from Seoul to Vilvaldi was a little harder and actually we almost missed it because we were confused. The bus driver was also very grumpy. There were much louder people on the bus but he kept telling us to be quiet and that we were too loud. (Note this actually happens to us a lot, we are not being particularly loud. We think it's the language difference that makes it sound like noise, so it's more bothersome). We weren't really sure what to expect pulling up but we went winding through some mountains and came up to this amazing resort. When we got there we had to call our pension man to come pick us up. He pulled up in an unmarked white van and just motioned for us to get in (can you say sketchy). He was very kind but his English was very minimal.

Maybe 10 minutes later we pulled up to the cutest set of pension houses. He helped us with everything and tried to explain everything as best he could. We had a kitchen with everything we would need (minus food). There were two big beds and lots of bedding under the stairs to make a bed on the floor (that was my bed). Our bathroom was huge and the floor was heated. This was a big deal, because it was really cold and floor heating usually stops at the bathroom. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night in winter is not usually a fun experience. So, the floor heating in the bathroom was a BIG deal. We had a hot-tub on the back porch (it had a lock and we didn't have the code though). There was a grill out back for grilling our own food if we wanted to. It was great butttt it was a little far from the main stuff happening. That being said the owner is always available to drive you wherever you want to go.

30 minutes later we loaded back in the car and the man drove us up the road to a shop to rent our ski gear. The place we went had everything you needed. There were levels of clothing and we chose the cheapest. We probably could have gone eccentric, but we decided to dress in all black because we were all pretty sure we were going to die anyways. The people at the shop were really helpful and although they only spoke korean, we got through everything with no problem. They kept laughing at us because we were always confused because we had never worn ski gear before. Once we looked the part, we loaded back in the car and we were off.

We drove back up to Vilvaldi Park and got out. This is when we realized we made a rookie mistake. Everyone was walking around in regular shoes and were carrying their ski boots. We found out there were lockers inside and we could have left our regular shoes in those. It was really unfortunate because it's hard walking in ski boots and we looked like a group of slow penguins waddling everywhere. We were half hoping to get a lesson when we got there and half thinking maybe we could wing it on YouTube videos. When we looked at the prices, we decided we were winging it and would have to hope for the best. (For future reference, for half a day of skiing it costs 88 just to get in and the lesson costs 100 extra for 2 hours).

Here is where the fun begins. Vivaldi Park is a big man-made snow ski park. There are lots of different hills to choose from and a stage with performances down at the bottom. There are soooo many people. so you are bound to crash with someone eventually (if you have no idea what you are doing, read us). We took it slow and just tried to get used to skiing around. We were doing well on the ground. Little baby slants were fine and we were gaining confidence and making it work. But then I got cocky. I blame myself completely for what happened next. I suggested trying the slope after we had been practicing for a little while. Now I didn't say an actual slope, just the smallest one. We cued up to take the baby lift up to the top of the baby hill. We thought we would be okay because we only saw children and instructors on this baby hill. First the lift was a struggle bus of its own, we kept ramming into the people in front of us and we almost fell just trying to get on the lift. We should have known then to turn back. Getting off was a whole nother struggle. I couldn't stop and almost died getting off, Janelle immediately fell, and the golden child, Cassie, was just fine. We could have stopped then but we kept going. So, we try to practice at the top a little and I felt like I was getting the hang of stopping and it was going fine. We were hovering around people taking lessons and trying to copy what they were doing. However, Janelle immediately went spiraling into the mesh wall and splatted like a bug. She got stuck for the longest. Cassie and I died laughing, which caused me to start going down the hill too fast. I didn't know how to stop, so I just fell to avoid crashing and dying. Janelle tried to get back up and went maybe two feet before she was back tangled in the wall. I tried to get back up but couldn't. I was stuck on the ground. Cassie was doing fine and looked like a professional skier.

At this point, Janelle and I were both flailing in the snow but we were too far apart to help each other. People were watching us like we were crazy but no one was helping us. Because I couldn't stand back up, I slowly "skied" on my butt down to Janelle. We tried to take off our skis to walk down but realized we didn't know how to take them off. Finally, I got one ski off but it turns out the other one was broken, so we continue to flail in the snow trying to get our skis off. At this point, people were pointing and we were about to pee ourselves laughing because the situation was so ridiculous. I had to take off my ski boot with my ski. Janelle had gotten both skis off successfully and we walked (I hopped on one shoe) down the hill. Cassie was waiting at the bottom, having become a master skier in no time. Janelle and I were done skiing forever. We took some pictures to prove we did it. But we walked over to the stage to watch performances from whoever and let Cassie keep practicing her newly acquired skill. We decided to hang up our skis and go inside for some coffee. (Note: It may seem like we were upset at this point, not at all. We may have failed but it was fun and we were still in good spirits and having fun.)

We were wiped by the time we got back to our pension and Christmas Eve dinner was instant noodles and some chips. Champions of the day, we decided to call it a night early.

DAY 2
Christmas Day, we decked out in our tacky Christmas sweaters and decided to hit up the mall we saw. We walked around and ended up in the arcade. There were lots of games to play and some fun 4D rides. . There are lots of restaurants and some shopping but if you are not skiing, there is not much to do. We had fun exploring anyways. Christmas dinner was a nice restaurant by our pension but walking in the dark definitely gave off a scary movie vibe because we were surrounded by trees and fields.

DAY 3

The last day we went to Ocean World. Ocean World is an indoor swim park located at Vilvaldi Park. The outside part looks like it would be AWESOME for summer but the inside was the only thing open for winter time. There is a lazy river that takes you outside for a little bit. That was fun because we got to swim while it was snowing. There are a few slides and a wave pool. There were some games you could play, but it cost extra money. There are also some hot-tubs and saunas near the changing room that are sectioned off by gender. We spent most of time floating the lazy river and sitting in the wave pool.

We left early the next morning and headed back to Cheonan. All in all, it was a really good experience. We had a lot of fun. I will never ever ever ever ever ever suggest going skiing without some sort of instructor. Vivaldi Park was great and was a fun place to go skiing and hang out. We didn't stay at Ocean World long, but it was worth the day visit. So, if you are looking to go skiing in the winter or to a water park in the summer, this is a really great option.