There’s something undeniably creepy yet beautiful about abandoned amusement parks. Once a happy place filled with children’s laughter is now a wasteland that brings back snippets of horror movies from your childhood.
I’ve heard about Yongma Wasteland from Hazel on our work trip to Seoul back in 2017. We wanted to make a trip down for a photo shoot together with Emily but didn’t make it there due to our very tight schedule. I visited Seoul again last month (finally a trip to Seoul for leisure) with my hubby and one morning after our brunch, he suggested heading over to Yongma Land.
Jon asked me how to read the four characters there and how to say Yongma Land in Korean. I read the four characters to him “Yong Ma Ren Te”. >_< Really! Same sound!
Yongma Land is a small, abandoned amusement park in Seoul. And just in case you think that we entered illegally, it is actually open to the public. Just walk in and look for the caretaker, and you can enter Yongma Land for 5000won per pax. Apparently, you can get the caretaker to turn on the lights of the carousel at night for 30000won too.
How to go:
1. Take the Seoul subway to Mangu Station and leave the station via Exit 1
2. Take a cab to Yongma Land at the cab stand outside
We took a cab to Yongma Land. However, when we were leaving the park, we realized that no cab will drive into that secluded area for us to flag. We decided to walk out to the main road. Upon checking the GPS, we found out that Mangu Station was definitely within walking distance and we took a leisurely stroll back. Therefore, instead of taking a cab, you can opt to take a slow walk to Yongma Land!
The place was perfect for a photo shoot with all the abandoned rides as the backdrop. I totally regretted wearing boring colours like black and grey that day since they won’t pop in the photos and I had no change of outfit too since we made a last minute decision to visit the park. So if you are going there for some photos, remember to pick the right colours! The red jacket you see in the photos below? My husband’s!
Here are some of the photos!