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Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:07 pm
by Looty
Hi there!

I had the opportunity to visit Gyeongju World this past weekend and see their new expansion, Dragon Valley, which includes their new B&M Dive coaster, Dragon. Gyeongju World is located in the southeast part of Korea and is around a 2.5 hour KTX (high speed train) ride from Seoul. Gyeongju is one of the more historically-significant cities in Korea and has a ton of cultural sites to see including palaces, tombs, and museums. If you do visit Korea, do yourself a favor and spend a few days there.

So overall, Gyeongju World did a nice job with this expansion. In addition to Dragon, the park added a Zamperla Air Race, looping frisbee, and...a Dunkin Donuts! Having ridden Griffon at Busch Gardens several times already, I didn’t expect anything different from Dragon. However, I was quite surprised. The transitions seemed to have a bit more ‘snap’ to them. Plus, the park did a fantastic job with the entry and station theming. The trains, unlike Griffon, are 8 seats across but do also feature the ‘old’ B&M restraints.

I first visited Gyeongju World 3 years ago and while it was a nice park, I found myself satisfied and ready to leave after 2-3 hours. I’ve lived in Seoul since 2012 so I’ve honestly become a bit bored of T-Express (gasp!) and Lotte World. Having two B&M’s in one park now makes this a ‘must stop’ for coaster nerds visiting Korea.

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:44 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Amazing report! Your pictures were great! =) I'm glad you had a wonderful time!

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:23 am
by coasterer
Thanks for the update!! It looks really great. We were in the Seoul area a few years ago and had a wonderful time - we'd love to make it back and see some of the rest of the country. You're right, this + Phaethon makes this park nearly unavoidable. Next time!

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:24 am
by cfc
This looks like a very nice park. The dive coaster does look like a Griffon clone, which isn't a bad thing. ;)

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:02 am
by SharkTums
Great TR! The park really seems like it's becoming more 'real' as opposed to before it felt like a small fair type park that added a B&M by accident!

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:42 am
by JordyC
Excellent report and pictures! Dragon seems to be a great addition to this park. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:44 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! It's so weird seeing an orange Griffon. I almost never hear anything about Phaethon too and usually forget it even exists.

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:47 am
by Mrlittle
Great TR and photos. I liked how you started it with some cultural knowledge. Boys are better than girls :lmao:

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 4:06 pm
by ObeyTheShihTzu!
Looty wrote:Hi there!

I had the opportunity to visit Gyeongju World this past weekend and see their new expansion, Dragon Valley, which includes their new B&M Dive coaster, Dragon. Gyeongju World is located in the southeast part of Korea and is around a 2.5 hour KTX (high speed train) ride from Seoul. Gyeongju is one of the more historically-significant cities in Korea and has a ton of cultural sites to see including palaces, tombs, and museums. If you do visit Korea, do yourself a favor and spend a few days there.

So overall, Gyeongju World did a nice job with this expansion. In addition to Dragon, the park added a Zamperla Air Race, looping frisbee, and...a Dunkin Donuts! Having ridden Griffon at Busch Gardens several times already, I didn’t expect anything different from Dragon. However, I was quite surprised. The transitions seemed to have a bit more ‘snap’ to them. Plus, the park did a fantastic job with the entry and station theming. The trains, unlike Griffon, are 8 seats across but do also feature the ‘old’ B&M restraints.

I first visited Gyeongju World 3 years ago and while it was a nice park, I found myself satisfied and ready to leave after 2-3 hours. I’ve lived in Seoul since 2012 so I’ve honestly become a bit bored of T-Express (gasp!) and Lotte World. Having two B&M’s in one park now makes this a ‘must stop’ for coaster nerds visiting Korea.


LOOTY - Thanks SO much for sharing this little bit of magic in Korea! Your photos and your quips were totally entertaining, and I really enjoyed this introduction to a Korean Theme Park! (Am still reeling from your fried chicken on top of cola! :lmao: Heck - why not?? I'm up to any new culinary experience!)
Many thanks for this most enjoyable TR!

P.S. I LOVE Korean cuisine and am lucky to live a few subway stops from a Korean area in NYC. I've tried almost everything -- except chicken and cola. It's not on the menus...yet!! =)

Alice

Re: Photo TR: Gyeongju World

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 5:53 pm
by SharkTums
^Lotte World offered fried cheese curds on top of soda! I love this trend and can't believe of all places it hasn't made it to America!!!