Visiting one of South Korea’s largest ‘multi-cultural space’: OneMount Water Park in Seo-gu
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After our plane made a touchdown at Incheon International Airport in South Korea, and after me and my travel buddies made our way down the shiny halls of the airport, we were warmly greeted by our local tourist guide Jennifer with a “Anyoung Haseyo!”
I know that I should have felt the thrill and excitement hours earlier in my departure in Manila, or perhaps during my ride in the airplane, but our local tour guide’s greeting was what really made me realize that I’m already in South Korea and that my trip to this wonderful country, which was sponsored by AirAsia and Korea Tourism Organization, was finally going to start.
Jennifer led me and my travel buddies to our transportation service, the Limousine Bus. It was a huge, Wi-Fi-connected vehicle that served as our service vehicle for the six days and five nights “I Love Korea” tour. From the Incheon International Airport, we headed to Goyang City in Gyeonggi-do province for our first South Korean tour itinerary—the OneMount Water Park.
Lunch at Season’s Table Restaurant
While we got into some small talk with our tour guide Jennifer on our way to the waterpark, she mentioned that OneMount Water park is the largest of its kind in this area of South Korea. When we got to
the park, I instantly knew that our tour guide wasn’t exaggerating when she said that. OneMount was massive, and when we arrived at the complex, the towering three buildings immediately caught my eyes. What I also noticed was that even though it was a huge park, there weren’t many people around. Jennifer explained that the park only gets the crowds during after office hours or during weekends.
We met the marketing manager of the property there and proceeded to Season’s Table Restaurant. I’ve been eating a lot of Korean food in my hometown Manila, but tasting it in the country where it actually came from was actually more satisfying. They served a buffet that consisted of salads, Korean barbeque, and some fried sugar-coated squash, among others. There was also an ice cream bar and a fancy-looking coffee bar where we were allowed to prepare our own coffee.
After our meal, we proceeded to explore the park like young children!
OneMount Snow Park
We went next to the famous snow park, which was patterned after the famous Santa Village in Finland. To be honest, I found it really strange for a country experiencing four seasons a year to have a park producing artificial snow. But I thought that it gave a different sort of adventure for both local and foreign tourists like us. And it sure did.
We were given a winter jacket and a headgear each upon entry, and we went walking on the ‘ice lake’. When the snow began to fall from above us a few minutes later, we started cheering like kids!
What was best about OneMount snow park was that there were transportation devices that one can use for free. We tried out their Mammoth Sled that was pulled by real snow dogs. I highly recommend that you try the Mammoth Sled when you get here as well. It seems like a rather simple ride, but it’s actually very fun once you’ve sat down on the sled!
The slides and rides at Onemount Water Park
We toured around the massive park and saw a lot of cool-looking slides. The waterpark, we were told, consisted of nine slides and 18 pools. Like most waterparks today, OneMount also has wave pools that produce five different artificial waves. Somewhere near the pools was a sauna area, a kiddie playground, a shower room, and a locker room where people leave their belongings.
We weren’t able to get close to the massive slides because they were closed due to scheduled maintenance, but we were able to tour around other parts of the park. It was sad, but it’s one reason why I’m going back here next time.
“Even more food!” If you didn’t buy souvenirs
After admiring OneMount’s twisted slides from afar, and after saying goodbye to the snow dogs who pulled our sleds, we went to the waterpark’s shopping area. OneMount shopping Mall area was wide and very inviting because it was a street-type mall, unlike those closely-spaced shopping areas I have been to in the past.
There were many brands and food stalls that mainly served Korean food. There was a McDonald’s somewhere amidst the several Korean stalls, as well.
After roaming around in the clean street-like shopping area, we each got our own souvenirs. We headed back to our Limousine Bus, and we bid OneMount Water park farewell.
We got ready for our next stop. -> Ansan Star Village
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OneMount Water Park
300 Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Please see Google Map of Onemount Snowpark Below:
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