Yongma Land: what to expect at Seoul's abandoned amusement park

If colourful backdrops, an endless supply of worn down props, and hoards of Korean models snapping pictures with plastic floral arrangements isn't appealing to you, then Yongma Land probably won't be high on your "to see in Seoul" list. 

I knew I wanted to hit up Yongma Land during my time in Seoul. A creepy abandoned amusement park full of photo-ops and broken rides you can climb all over? I'm in. I would have happily gone alone but, luckily for me, I had a seasoned Seoul local with me in the form of my blogger buddy, Kirstie.


KEEP READING FOR THE LOWDOWN ON SEOUL’S ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK


on a scale from 1 to 10, how extra am I in this photo? 13? okay, cool.

on a scale from 1 to 10, how extra am I in this photo? 13? okay, cool.

ABOUT YONGMA LAND

What once was a functioning amusement park in the 80s is now a photographer’s gold mine. Yongma Land closed its doors officially in 2011, leaving the entire park to become the derelict backdrop to some seriously fun {albeit a tad creepy} photos and music videos.

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HOW TO GET THERE

Use Seoul's train system to get to Mangu Station and then dip out of exit 1. Since we arrived at Yongma Land fresh from a weekend at the Olympics, we had our bags in tow and, thus, opted to catch a cab from the station exit. The taxi set us back a few measly dollars and saved us golden daylight for photos. If you have the time {and no baggage}, you can walk from the station exit to the park in about 10-15 minutes.

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ADMISSION

There's a 5,000₩ per person entrance fee that's cash only. For roughly USD $5 you're getting to spend as much time as you like in the wackiest setting snapping ridiculous pictures while looking like your most diva self. If you aren't a photographer, blogger, videographer, or someone who genuinely enjoys snapping away...you're paying to walk around a park filled with rusted carnival rides. 

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WHAT TO BRING

  • CASH: You'll need to pay the entrance fee and this is the only payment form accepted.

  • TRIPOD, CAMERA, ETC.: There are plenty of photographers, Insta-boyfriends, and K-Pop stars taking their own photos, but you’ll want to bring gear to take your own pics if you come stag. If you’ve got a friend, even better; it makes the park even more fun.

  • BEYONCE ATTITUDE AND CREATIVITY: Bringing a fun attitude will insure you have the best time at the park-- move pieces around, climb up old structures, get silly! You're in Korea, no one will be looking at you taking pictures while they're taking their own. NO. ONE. 

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You can watch the fun we had in Yongma Land in Kirstie's video here. 


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