New Update (ver.1.8.3)

Hello survivors,
Today’s update for version 1.8.3 includes balance patch and some improvements!
Here are the details.

Balance Patch

Defense Tower
  • Guard Tower – Although Guard Tower is the most basic defense tower, it was too powerful. So, we made it less powerful!

    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Decreased overall
    • Range : 8 → 9
  • Shotgun – Shotgun was strong against both melee and ranged zombies. With its reduced range, Shotgun will be much weaker against ranged zombies like Bonies and Spitters.
    • HP : Increased overall
    • DPS : Increased overall
    • Range : 6.2 → 3
  • Crossbow – Crossbow was especially powerful against huge zombies like Giants and Exploders, but weak against small zombies like Biters. So, we made it more powerful against small zombies.
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Increased overall
    • Range : 8 → 7
  • Cannon – Cannon is usually the first priority target because of its long range and high damage. But, once you learn how to exploit it, it’s not too difficult to destroy. So, we tried to enhance its strength by increasing the maximum range and exploit its weakness by increasing the minimum range.
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Decreased overall
    • Max Range : 10 → 12
    • Min Range : 3 → 4
  • Machine gun – Machine gun’s DPS was very high. To balance out with the changes made for the zombies, we reduced its damage, but also adjusted its reload time a bit faster. As a result, its DPS has decreased overall.
    • HP : Increased overall
    • DPS : Decreased overall
    • Range : 7.2 → 6
  • Loudspeaker – As a defensive tower, Loudspeaker only attracts nearby zombies once they get in range. If you are unlucky, Loudspeaker can be devastating as it draws the attention of your zombies. So, we made it easier to deal with Loudspeaker by reducing its trigger radius.
    • Trigger Radius : 8 → 6
    • Initial Radius : 3 → 2
    • Max Radius : Decreased overall
  • Chemical Sprinkler – Chemical Sprinkler is just OP in Pale Lands. The only way to destroy this tower without much casualties is to use its long reload time against it, but still it’s difficult. So, we made it easier to destroy Chemical Sprinkler by reducing its range.
    • Range : 7 → 6
  • General Buildings
    • HP : Decreased overall
Zombie
  • All zombies
    • Walk speed : Increased overall
  • Biter – We tried to make Biters more useful in combat. So, we gave them more HP!
    • HP : Increased overall
    • Seat Size : 1 → 2
  • Bony – Bonies are one of the most popular zombies because they are ranged units and also powerful. To make Bonies more balanced overall, we decreased their HP, but increased their DPS.
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Increased a little overall
    • Range : 3.5 → 3
    • Unlocked Level : Transporter Lv 2 → Lv 1
  • Giant – Giants will continue to play a tanker role. They were too powerful in the earlier levels but weak in the later levels. To reflect on that imbalance, we made changes to their HP.
    • HP : Increased at lv 4, 5, 6 and decreased at lv 1, 2, 3
    • DPS : Increased overall
    • Unlocked Level : Transporter Lv 1 → Lv 2
  • Scavenger – It’s difficult to utilize Scavengers in combat. Despite the fact, we decreased their DPS to balance out with other changes.
    • DPS : Decreased overall
  • Crawler – We also wanted Crawlers to be more useful in battle especially when they’re combined with Biters. So, now you can have more Crawlers and faster Crawlers!
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Decreased a little overall
    • Seat Size : 2 → 1
  • Spitter – Spitters have the highest DPS, which makes them the best dealers in Pale lands. But, we wanted Spitters to be used in a more strategical way. So, we increased their range considerably, but decreased their HP overall.
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Increased at lv 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and decreased at lv6
    • Range : 4 → 6.
    • Seat Size : 10 → 8
  • Airborne – Sometimes, Airbornes are only used to destroy the HQ. We made changes so that they could be used in more diverse and strategic ways.
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • Helmet HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Increased overall
  • Exploder – Exploders are one of the least popular zombies. So, we wanted Exploders to be much more useful with much higher suicide damage!
    • HP : Increased overall
    • Suicide Damage : Increased overall
    • Seat Size : 15 → 12
    • Walk speed : Fast → Slow

Survivor

  • AI behavior – Survivors will now prioritize attacking nearby zombies in battle rather than running straight to the HQ. Due to the change in this behavior, they will be much more likely to engage in fights with zombies and less likely to cluster around the HQ!
  • Combat statistics – Most of their stats have decreased, but we made their reload time faster to make the interactions between zombies much more interesting.
    • HP : Decreased overall
    • DPS : Decreased overall

Site (outside) Zombies during combat

  • Site Zombies spawned during combat can easily enter (when the walls are already destroyed) and attack enemy sites, or they can be used for the Catapult ability. The spawn number has a much bigger impact in the earlier levels than it has in the later levels. Reflecting on this note, we decreased the number of site zombies spawned at lower HQ levels and increased the number at higher HQ levels.

Watruck Ability

  • Wartruck movement speed – Increased
  • Power – Decreased overall
  • Projectile speed – Increased overall for all abilities
  • Rocket – Rockets had a wide area for its splash damage. We made changes so that Rockets could be used for more focused attacks with higher damage and better accuracy.
    • Damage : Increased overall
    • Damage Radius
      • 2.0 → 0.7
  • Chemical bomb – It was difficult to use Chemical bombs effectively because of its short radius. So, we made them a bit more useful by increasing its radius!
    • Required power
      • Required power (1st shot) : 6 → 8
    • Radius
      • 3.0 → 3.5
    • DPS
      • x 2.8 → x 2.0.

Update Note

Usability Improvements
  • Survivors – replaced the terminology of ‘Refugee’ with ‘Survivor’
  • HUD icons – tapping on resource icons in the HUD now provides easier access to information, like max capacity and production per hour, for resources
  • Tutorial improvements
  • Better graphics and performance
Visual Improvements
  • Improved visuals within the Transporter area
  • Improved visuals for the resource collecting effect
  • Improved the readability of the Survivor information UI
  • Small graphical changes to the World Map

We will come back with fascinating Halloween updates 🙂
Stay tuned.

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Welcome Heewon!

Meet Heewon who joined BiNAREE as a Designer from Korea 🙂

Heewon is very upbeat and has bright energy! Like her pinkish hair color >_<

 

What’s your background?

I majored in Indurstrial Design at Ewha University.

 

What are your previous careers?

I’ve worked as Game Designer for NCSOFT.

 

What do you love about your work?

I love Games, so how come I don’t love creating game.

 

Favorite thing about BiNAREE?

I also love coffee and beer. The coffee machine in the office is awesome! Having a beer time with everyone is my favorite so far.

 

What do you mostly do during your spare time?

Though I am not a good player, I usually play League of Legend, and sometimes reading books.

 

Recent game that you’ve been playing?

Recently, Kakao Sacheonsung(카카오 사천성) for mobile, LoL and Don’t Starve for PC.

 

Favorite food?

Korean Cold Noodle(냉면) is my no.1 Food. Tobokki(떡볶이) is the second.

 

Favorite animal?

Cats! MEOW!

 

Beer or Wine?

Beer! Blanc!

Welcome Sina!

Meet Sina Jafarzadeh who joined BiNAREE as a Lead Designer from Germany!!

Sina is very tall and has a cool mustache. Also, very very very nice haha 😀   

What’s your background?

I studied Media and Computer Science with a minor in Art and Design, because I was always fascinated with digital games and wanted to have the exposure to the different disciplines associated to creating games and become a… drumroll… GAME DESIGNER 🙂

My favorite game designers back then were highly influential in the 80s/90s and were able to act in design/engineering/art (Will Wright, Peter Molyneux, David Perry, Yu Suzuki), sooo naturally I wanted to be ambitious in my education 😀

What are your previous careers?

After my studies in Germany, I had to honor to work with Will Wright in his entertainment think tank in the San Francisco Bay Area to work on various new IPs. After that I worked as the Lead Designer on one of the established projects there. San Francisco was very influential creatively and artistically and I enjoyed my time there and met great people. I then decided to work on my own artistic indie game to use all the things I learned in life. After working some time in the London area in a mobile studio, I got the opportunity to move to Seoul and experience South Korea and its people and culture! Super excited about it and I’m sure that it will be a huge influence for me as well 🙂

What do you love about your work?

It is a great challenge and is mixing creativity, art and technology with the goal to engage and entertain people and make the game part of their life. In addition it is the potential to act in a fairly young medium and take part in its development!

Favorite thing about BiNAREE?

There are so many favorite things… Everyone is very kind and passionate, there are people from around the world and everyone is fun to interact with!

Is Korea your first time to visit? So far, how do you feel?

It is my first time in Korea and I have already fallen in love with Seoul. I have explored many areas within the first days and there is soooo much more to explore and the people are kind and welcoming!

Recent game that you’ve been playing?

On mobile: Ticket to Earth, Clash Royale, Monument Valley 2, Angry Birds Match

On console: Oxenfree, Final Fantasy XV, Last Guardian, Gravity Rush 2, ADR1FT

Favorite food?

Spicy Thai Curry

Favorite animal?

Pandas, Lions and Penguins

Beer or Wine?

Ginger Beer 😛

Shoestring Budget Travel! Enjoy Seoul on 10 Dollars! (From Imagine Your Korea)

Landscape of Olympic Park

Traveling overseas may seem expensive, but it’s also possible to enjoy a full vacation on a limited budget. Seoul, in particular, is a popular city to visit, thanks to the multitude of free or nearly free attractions, as well as the plethora of good eats and the unique harmony of traditional and modern styles meeting. If you are finding it hard to believe, keep reading to find out how you can enjoy a variety of areas in Seoul for just 10 dollars each!

* Exchange rate as of August, 2017
10USD≒12,000KRW≒9EUR

Old Meets New at Insa-dong

Street food and souvenirs at Ssamziegil, landmark of Insa-dong

Scenes from Insa-dong’s Ssamziegil

Located between Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Jongno 2-ga is Insa-dong, a cultural space where traditions and modern life blend seamlessly. Stretching out on both sides of the approximately 700 meter main street are shops bursting with crafts, artworks, and souvenirs. In particular, the square-shaped cultural complex of Ssamziegil is immensly popular. Each floor offers a unique selection of small crafts and clothing, as well as snack vendors.

It is extremely difficult to resist the temptation of the street foods and brightly colored souvenirs as you walk through Insa-dong. The street food is generally priced around 2,000 to 3,000 won for one item, while fans, bookmarks, pencil cases, and luck pouches are some of the more popular, inexpensive gifts, available for 3,000 won or less.

Traditional culture at tea houses and Museum Kimchikan

Traditional tea house (top) & Museum Kimchikan (bottom)

Another unique way to experience Insa-dong is by visiting one of the tea houses or small galleries located inside hanok buildings, Korea’s traditional housing. While exploring Insa-dong, take a moment to stop into one of these hanok cafés for a short break!

Also located in Insa-dong is Museum Kimchikan, providing an opportunity to enjoy the UNESCO-recognized gimjang culture. The museum was selected in March of 2015 by the American broadcasting network CNN as one of the world’s top 11 food museums. The museum includes exhibitions on the history of kimchi and the many types, as well as a space to try kimchi. Audio guides are available for free in English, Japanese, and Chinese to facilitate understanding of the displays.

* 10 dollar budget for Insa-dong!
Street food or souvenir 2,000~3,000 won + Hanok café 4,000~ won + Museum Kimchikan admission 5,000 won

  • ☞ Insa-dong
    • – Address: Area of Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk approx. 3min.
  • ☞ Museum Kimchikan
    • – Address: 35-4, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk approx. 8min.
    • – Operating hours: 10:00-18:00 / Closed Mondays, Jan. 1, Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays, and Christmas
    • – Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers & Children 3,000 won / Ages 7 and under 2,000 won
    • – Website: www.kimchikan.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Cozy Landscape of Hanok Buildings, Samcheongdong-gil Road & Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheong-dong

Samcheong-dong is the neighborhood located northeast of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the main road has become a representative cultural street of Seoul due to the many cafés, galleries, and unique restaurants. The area is enjoyable regardless of age or gender, with special attractions like the World Jewellery MuseumOwl Art & Craft Museum and more.

Enter any one of the countless cafés lining the street that draw your fancy to take in the ambience of Samcheong-dong over a cup of coffee. We recommend getting a window seat or a table on the terrace to enjoy the active street scene. After leaving the café to wander through the alleys, you may come upon the garden at Jeongdok Library. Many people visit the garden in spring, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and in fall, when the trees are bright with color.

Within walking distance to Samcheong-dong is Bukchon Hanok Village, a well-established community of traditional houses that are still lived in today. Wandering through the streets and many connecting alleyways, you can find plenty of things to see, from craft workshops and museums of all themes to perfect photo spots.

* 10 dollar budget for Samcheongdong-gil Road & Bukchon Hanok Village!
Samcheong-dong café 5,000~7,000 won + museum admission 3,000~5,000 won

  • ☞ Samcheong-dong
    • – Address: Area of Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1. Walk approx. 15min.
  • ☞ Bukchon Hanok Village
    • – Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Walk approx. 10min.

Free Tour of Seoul’s History! Seoul Museum of History & Gyeonghuigung Palace

Complete record of the capital’s history, Seoul Museum of History

Seoul Museum of History

Seoul Museum of History is a great place to visit for people curious about the transformation of Seoul into a major international city. The capital city for over 600 years since the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), Seoul has a long history and the museum has a variety of exhibitions and artifacts showcasing this. Visitors can learn more about the story of Joseon’s kings and royal palaces, as well as see the clothing and daily items used by citizens in the past.

The outdoor exhibition is popular for the display of a tram car that ran through the city of Seoul from the 1930’s until 1968. The car and statues of people in traditional clothing bring the vibe of the old city to life. The museum has a variety of free resources for international tourists to use. Audio guides are available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese, and guests can also read about the exhibitions through a smart phone application.

Palace hidden within the city, Gyeonghuigung Palace

Gyeonghuigung Palace

Exiting Seoul Museum of History, the road leads to Gyeonghuigung Palace. This palace was used in the later part of the Joseon period as a secondary palace. In the past, Gyeonghuigung Palace had some 100 buildings both large and small, but due to various causes, most of the buildings were damaged, and the size of the palace has been reduced by nearly half. These days, many of the buildings have been reconstructed thanks to the efforts of the city, and the palace is open to the public. Compared to the other royal palaces, Gyeonghuigung Palace is rather small, but the palace is gradually growing as more and more buildings are restored.

* Touring Seoul Museum of History & Gyeonghuigung Palace is free!

  • ☞ Seoul Museum of History
    • – Address: 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 7. Walk approx. 10min.
    • – Operating hours: Weekdays 09:00-20:00, weekends & public holidays 09:00-19:00 (November-February 09:00-18:00) / Closed Mondays & Jan. 1
    • – Admission: Free
    • – Website: www.museum.seoul.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Gyeonghuigung Palace
    • – Address: 1-2, Sinmunro 2-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 7. Walk approx. 10min.
    • – Operating hours: 09:00~18:00 / Closed Mondays & Jan. 1
    • – Admission: Free

Harmony of Traditional and Modern Life, Gyeongbokgung Palace & Tongin Market

Symbol of Joseon Royalty, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Scenes of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace, the first royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty, is a symbol of the Joseon era in the heart of the city. Exceptionally beautiful structures within the palace grounds include Geunjeongjeon Hall, where the king conducted court affairs, and Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, a large open pavilion appearing to float atop a man-made lotus pond. Enjoy a leisure stroll through the palace to take in the many attractive buildings.

Exchange brass coins for food in Tongin Market’s Dosirak Café!

Tongin Market Dosirak Café yeopjeon & food

Located next to Gyeongbokgung Palace is Tongin Market, a traditional market that is popular among tourists. Visitors to the market absolutely must try the dosirak (lunchbox) café! The café is a fun experience where you exchange current money for yeopjeon, brass coins that were used as currency in the past, and use these coins to purchase foods from the vendors for your own personal lunchbox.

The dosirak café is located in the middle of the shops lining the long market alley. For just 5,000 won, you get 10 yeopjeon and a dosirak container to start filling up. Take your time walking through the market and looking at the many food vendors to find things you want to eat. When you find something you’d like to try, buy it with your yeopjeon! If you spend all your coins but see more you still want to eat, you can also purchase it with cash. After completing your lunchbox, return to the dosirak café to eat. The café has chopsticks, spoons, and forks to use, and sells rice and soup to round out your meal.

* 10 dollar budget for Gyeongbokgung Palace & Tongin Market!
Gyeongbokgung Palace admission 3,000 won + Tongin Market yeopjeon dosirak 5,000 won + additional snacks and drinks at Tongin Market 2,000~3,000 won

  • ☞ Gyeongbokgung Palace
    • – Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5. Walk approx. 2min.
    • – Operating hours: Mar-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00, Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30, Nov-Feb 09:00-17:00 (Last admission one hour before closing) / Closed Tuesdays
    • – Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children 1,500 won
      ※ Free admission when wearing hanbok and last Wednesday of every month
    • – Website: www.royalpalace.go.kr (Korean, English)
  • ☞ Tongin Market
    • – Address: 18, Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Walk approx. 10min.
    • – Operating hours: 09:00-22:00 / Closed third Sunday of every month
      ※ Dosirak Café hours: 11:00-17:00 (Yeopjeons are sold until 16:00, Closed Mondays and third Sunday of every month)

Take a Much-deserved Break at Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park was created for the use of the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. To this day, the park is used as a venue for a multitude of sporting events and concerts. The park is also home to over 200 sculptures from internationally famous artists, and was the site of Mongchontoseong Fortress, a relic from the Baekje Period (18 B.C. – A.D. 660).

When visiting the park, we highly recommend stopping by one of the information centers first to pick up a free map of the park. The map is extremely helpful when choosing which of the park’s many attractions and facilities to visit, as well as finding the best way to get to all of them. There are two information centers, located on opposite ends of the park at Meeting Plaza and Peace Plaza. After picking up your map, be sure to head to the park’s major attractions, namely Mongchontoseong Fortress, Wild Flower Garden, Rose Garden, and One Tree Hill.

Walking through the entire park would take around two or three hours. For a special experience and a more enjoyable way to get around, take advantage of the bicycle rentals available at the park! Visitors can rent bicycles for two, three, and six people. The rental fee varies by bike and day of the week, but weekend and public holiday fees for one hour are as follows: two-person bicycle 8,000 won, three-person bicycle 15,000 won, and six-person bicycle 25,000 won.

* 10 dollar budget for Olympic Park!
One hour rental of two-person bicycle over the weekend 8,000 won (4,000 won per person)

  • ☞ Olympic Park
    • – Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
    • – Directions: Olympic Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3 or Mongchontoseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 1.
    • – Operating hours: 05:00-22:00 / Open all year round
    • – Website: www.olympicpark.co.kr (Korean, English)
More info
☞ VisitSeoul website: www.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

* This column was last updated in August 2017 and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

Welcome Amir!

Meet Amir Avate who joined BiNAREE as a QA  from India, Pune 🙂

Amir is a very cheerful and gentle guy who has a very warm smile!   

 

What’s your background?

I studied Commerce(Business) but that’s not what I wanted to do with my life. It was always about video games. I’ve had strong passion for video games since childhood. I started off my journey in India and here i am now 🙂

 

What are your previous careers?

Previously worked as QA with Ubisoft(India) and Arkavis(Thailand). I worked mostly on PC and Console games in the past.

 

What do you love about your work?

Get paid to play games!

 

Favorite thing about BiNAREE?

Friday Beer Sessions

 

Is Korea your first time to visit? So far, how do you feel?

Yes, is my first time in Korea. It’s a beautiful place with good people and positive vibe around.

 

Recent game that you’ve been playing?

Horizon Zero Dawn(PS4)

 

Favorite food?

Indian, Italian and Chinese

 

Favorite animal?

Cats ^_^

 

Beer or Wine?

Beer

Look where Giant went!

Wonder where our BiNAREE members are spending

their times for their Summer Vacation!

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Hey Nik!

I heard you are in Jeju Island!

Just stopped by to see if you are having fun 😉

Just don’t do so risky things…!

 

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Whewwwwww!

It’s hotter than I thought here, but I guess it’s worth coming!

Look at that beautiful ocean color!

 Victoria I envy you!

Have a nice vacation and see you next week 🙂

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Wait…..how am I going back home…..?

 

 

 

Keep Cool in Summer at Korea’s Popular Water Parks! (By Seoul Metropolitan Government)

Water park ride at Onemount (Credit: Onemount)

One of the first things people think of when summer comes to mind is fun with water, whether it is at a river, a lake, or a beach. It’s not easy, however, to fully enjoy those activities within a city or an urban area. This article will introduce Korea’s top water parks designed to let you get your fill of water fun without having to leave town, including other options great for overnight trips.

Water parks in Seoul and metropolitan area

Caribbean Bay


Caribbean Bay Water Park (Credit: Everland)

Caribbean Bay, a water park located just outside of Seoul in the city of Yongin, holds the titles of both the first and the largest water park in the country. Caribbean Bay can accommodate up to 20,000 people, and has five themed zones that include indoor pools, outdoor pools, spas, water rides, water slides, and many other amusement facilities.

The most popular attractions at the water park are the exciting wave pool that rises as high as 2.4 m and the Mega Storm, a 355 m long exhilarating water slide that offers a full minute of intense adrenaline rush that you can’t get anywhere else.

☞ Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)

Onemount Water Park


View of Onemount (Credit: Onemount)

Onemount Water Park in Gyeonggi-do’s Ilsan is a four-story structure with a seven-story rooftop that lets visitors look down on the various slides and attractions in the park, as well as the nearby Ilsan Lake Park. Most of the attractions for children are on the 4th level, and rides for adults are located on the 7th floor.

One of the most popular rides is Sky Boomerango, a 50 m high ride that has tubes for two people to shoot down then back up again, then finally plunging into a water pool at the end. In addition, the next-door attraction Cola Ride is another must for thrill-seekers, which will give you an unforgettable memory of free falling thanks to its near-vertical 10 m high slide.

☞ Address: 300, Halluyworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)

Sealala Waterpark


Sealala Water Park (Credit: Sealala Water Park)

Located in Mullae-dong of Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Sealala Spa & Water Park is a place where Seoulites can enjoy water fun any time of the year. Although it is not as big as other water parks in Korea, it boasts an exotic Greece-themed décor and offers easy access, as it is directly connected to the subway.

The place is famous for its 140 m long lazy river, beach pool where visitors can splash around, 20 m long speedy water slide, and 32 m long pool mat slide. It’s also a perfect spot for family with children, as Aqua Kidsland within the water park offers kids friendly attractions such as kids water slides, piano fountain, and more.

  • ☞ Address: B2, Yeongdeungpo SK Leaders View, 164, Mullae-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
  • ☞ Directions: Mullae Station (Seoul Subway, Line 2), Exit 5. Walk for approx. 10 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-19:00 (Open all year round)
    ※ Sauna and jjimjilbang (Korean sauna) are open 24 hours and require a separate fee.
  • ☞ Admission fee: 35,000 won ~ 53,000 won (Adults)
    ※ Fees may vary depending on schedule and seasonality. Check the official website for details.
  • ☞ Sealala Water Park website:www.sealala.com (Korean only)

Termeden


Hot spring pool at Termeden (Credit: Termeden)

Historically frequented by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, the hot springs of Icheon are well known for their excellent water quality. Located in this famed hot spring city of Icheon, Termeden  is a hot spring resort complex that is popular for its high-quality water and luxurious facilities. Though the park has various pools, spas, and slides, one of the most famous attractions at Termeden is the Bade Pool. The themed hot spring pools are highly recommended, since the natural ingredients added in each spa (ginseng, rice, honey, etc.) are said to provide various unique health benefits.

☞ Address: 988, Sasil-ro, Mogamyeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)

Woongjin Playdoci Waterdoci


View Waterdoci pool in Woonjin Playdoci (Credit: Woongjin Playdoci)

Woongjin Playdoci, a very unique indoor theme park, is located not far from Seoul in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. In addition to having basic pool facilities, Woongjin Playdoci Waterdoci, which is the central area of the venue, includes Kids Zone and diverse entertaining water slides. The Spa Zone offers bade pools with a variety of water jet massage options that help ease fatigue and provide skin benefits. Adults and kids alike are bound to get their fill of fun with the seasonal event pools and outdoor Sunny Park during the summer.

☞ Address: 2, Jomaru-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (more info)

Beat the heat with overnight trips to these rural water parks!

Resom Spa Castle (Chunchunhyang)


Resom Spa Castle’s Chunchunhyang (Credit: Resom Spa Castle)

Resom Spa Castle (Chunchunhyang) represents one of Korea’s best hot spring theme parks, thanks to the widespread fame of its therapeutic Germanium-rich water, which is maintained at 49°C. Located in Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, Resom Spa Castle’s hot spring facility Chunchunhyang is open all year round.

Looking for a thrill? Try the water park’s famous water slides: the exhilarating Master Blaster and the Speed Slide, a thriller-ride that propels you down a three-story water chute in just four seconds. For some fun that’s slightly less intense, check the outdoors to enjoy over 20 hot spring water park facilities and open-air pools.

☞ Address: 45-7, Oncheondanji 3-ro, Deoksan-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (more info)

Seorak Waterpia


Water park facilities at Seorak Waterpia (Credit: Hanhwa Resort)

Seorak Waterpia is the most popular destination on the East Coast. With the stunning scenery of Seoraksan Mountain serving as a beautiful backdrop, this place offers the latest in water amusement facilities and hot spring water spas.

If you are looking for fun and thrills, check out the water slides and wave pools. Popular rides in this action-packed park include World Alley, a 260 m long water slide with a sharp drop and a 360-degree turn, Torrent River, and Family Raft.

☞ Address: 88, Misiryeong-ro 2983beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do (more info)

Vivaldi Park Ocean World


Water slide at Vivaldi Park Ocean World (Credit: Vivaldi Park Ocean World)

Vivaldi Park Ocean World is situated among the beautiful ancient forests of Hongcheon in Gangwon-do. The water park has an Egyptian theme throughout, and contains replicas of the Sphinx, pyramids, obelisks, and other decorative touches. Divided into various “zones” — Indoor Zone, Wave Pool Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and the Mega Slide Zone — each section of the water park offers amusement of its own. The Indoor Zone has various pools and slides, a jjimjilbang, and a therapy center. In the Extreme Zone, people can experience exciting thrills with waves as high as 2.4 m.

☞ Address: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seomyeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do (more info)

  • * Free shuttle bus schedule for international visitors: 9:30 am at Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway, Line 2), Exit 8 → 10:00 a.m. in front of Lotte Hotel at Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway, Line 2), Exit 8 → 10:30 a.m. at Samsung Station (Seoul Subway, Line 2), Exit 5 → Arrive at Vivaldi Park at 11:45 a.m. (Online reservation required at least two days in advance)
  • * Shuttle bus reservation: www.daemyungresort.com (English only)

Gimhae Lotte Water Park


Gimhae Lotte Water Park Zip Line (Credit: Gimhae Lotte Water Park)

Opened in May 2014, Gimhae Lotte Water Park in Gyeongsangnam-do features custom-designed, Polynesian-themed water slides and pools. The water park boasts Korea’s largest pool facilities, including the 135 m long outdoor wave pool, 35 m long indoor wave pool, and a huge 118 m long Tornado Slide, among other attractions.

☞ Address: 555, Jangyu-ro, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (more info)

* This column was last updated on July 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.

Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace

Night view of the Changdeokgung Palace Huwon (credit: Cultural Heritage Administration)

One of the must-do’s in Seoul is none other than taking a visit to the city’s ancient palaces – Gyeongbokgung PalaceGyeonghuigung PalaceDeoksugung PalaceChanggyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon. These architectural gems were not only residences of kings and queens, but were also the center of politics and city life during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

Changgyeonggung Palace, in particular, is the perfect destination for anyone who is interested in seeing Korean palaces. Designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997, Changdeokgung Palace is said to be the most traditional and authentic of Seoul’s five palaces. It has been praised for its architectural sensitivity to its natural surroundings and lauded as a representative masterpiece of East Asian Palace Architecture. The palace is also believed to have the perfect geographical location according to ancient philosophies like that of Feng Shui.

As amazing as it is in daylight, the palace is even more magical when you take a stroll along the palace grounds under a full moon. Take The Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace for a pleasant evening walk within the royal palace as well as discovering interesting historical facts related to the royal family.

 

  • * Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour Route
  • ① Donhwamun (Main Gate) tour meeting point → ② Jinseonmun Gate → ③ Injeongjeon Hall → ④ Nakseonjae (view full moon) → ⑤ Sangnyangjeong Pavilion (Daeguem Solo Performance) → ⑥ Buyongji and Aeryeonji Pond (view full moon) → ⑦ Bullomun Gate → ⑧ Yeongyeongdang Hall (performance and refreshments) → ⑨ Huwon Garden Trail (end of tour) (Total program takes approx. 2 hours.)

 

Tidbits to make your palace journey even more enjoyable!

1. Donhwamun Gate: Front Gate of the Oldest Palace


Donhwamun Gate (credit: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)

Donhwamun Gate is the oldest of Changdeokgung Palace’s gates. First built in 1412, it was burnt down during a period of conflict and later restored in 1608. The two-story high gate was given the name Donhwa, which means “to teach and love the subjects with compassion.” This is where the Moonlight Tour officially begins with a cheongsachorong (a traditional candle lantern from the Joseon Dynasty covered with red and blue silk cloth) to light the path.

2. Injeongjeon Hall: The Venue for Royal Ceremonies


Injeongjeon Hall (credit: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)

Located at the center of the palace is Injeongjeon Hall. Injeongjeon Hall was used as a banquet venue for foreign diplomats and as well as for King’s coronation. Inside this prestigious room, visitors will be able to see the King’s throne and folding screen behind, called Ilwoloakdo byeongpung (partition used as a decoration as well as to block strong winds from outside), embroidered with the sun, moon, and five mountain peaks. One can see Seoul’s modern cityscape looming in the background.

3. Nakseonjae: The King’s Quarters


Nakseonjae (credit: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)

Nakseonjae was built as the study and sarangchae (living quarters of the head of a household) of King Heonjong (24th king of Joseon, 1827-1849). Literally meaning “to enjoy virtue,” Nakseonjae implies that a king should serve his people with virtue so that both the people and the king himself will be happy. After King Heonjong passed away, the compound was used by King Gojong (26th king of Joseon, 1852-1919) and King Sunjong (27th king of Joseon, 1874-1926) to carry out state affairs.

4. Sangnyangjeong Pavilion: A perfect spot to view the full moon


Sangnyangjeong Pavilion (credit: Cultural Heritage Administration)

A hexagonal pavilion is located atop the hill of Nakseonjae Huwon, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding garden. Participants of the tour will be able enjoy the mood of a moonlit night with a daegeum (traditional Korean instrument) performance here.

5. Buyongji and Aeryeonji Pond: The Majestic Royal Backyard


Scenic view of Buyongji Pond (credit: Cultural Heritage Administration)

Buyongji Pond and its surroundings are the most beautiful and tranquil area inside Changdeokgung Palace and is one of the finest examples of landscapes designed during the Joseon period. This garden where kings would take leisure walks in the past consists of small but pleasant Buyongji Pond and the striking Buyongjeong Pavilion with its pillars steadfast in the pond. The surrounding trees that have endured hundreds of years create cozy and elegant scenery. Next to the pond is Yeonghwadang, a venue once used for holding state exams during the Joseon Dynasty.


Aeryeonji Pond and Aeryeongjeong Pavilion (credit: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)

Another pond as beautiful as Buyongji Pond within the palace is Aeryeonji Pond, a charming pond with a name meaning “a pond where lotus flowers blossom.” To the north of the pond is Aeryeongjeong Pavilion, with its half standing over the water, which is known to offer a gorgeous view of the pond’s scenery from inside the pavilion.

6. Yeongyeongdang: A Stage Fit for a King


Yeongyeongdang Pavilion (credit: Cultural Heritage Administration)

Yeongyeongdang Pavilion is a wooden building built in the same style as the houses of the noblemen during the Joseon Dynasty. The building was built in the 19th century and was used as a venue to hold ceremonies and performances for the royal family by the best performers at that time. During your moonlit journey, Yeongyeongdang Paviliion will serve as the venue for an array of gukak (traditional Korean music) performances. The building’s expansive yard and temporary stage are complete with enough seats for the audience. Korean tea and snacks are served as well.

7. Huwon Garden Stroll: Soak into the Twilight of Seoul’s Past and Present


Night scenery of Huwon Garden (credit: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)

After the performance, visitors will be led into the forest of Changdeokgung Palace, known as Huwon. For centuries its access was strictly limited to the royal family. Now open to the public, guides dressed in hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) lead visitors through the trees using the light of the cheongsachorong. Guided by the delicate glow of this traditional lantern and the serene light of the full moon, visitors are guaranteed a unique and unforgettable evening.

More Info
  • Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace
  • ☞ Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • ☞ Monthly Schedule (First tour takes place from June-August; second tour takes place from late August-November)
  • – First tour: June 1, 2017-August 27, 2017
  • – Second tour: August 31, 2017-November 5, 2017
  • ☞ Number of People: 100 per tour (first-come, first-served basis)
  • ☞ Programs: Changdeokgung Palace night stroll, traditional Korean performance, teas and snacks as refreshments
  • ☞ Admission: 30,000 won
  • ☞ Ticket Reservation:ticket.interpark.com (English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • * First round of tickets are no longer available as of June 2017. Second round of tickets are available for reservation on August 17 at 2 p.m.
  • ☞ Websites
  • Changdeokgung Palace:www.cdg.go.kr (Korean, English)
  • Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation:www.chf.or.kr (Korean, English)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

See, Rest, Play, Eat; Four ways to Enjoy Seoullo 7017

Seoullo 7017 at night (Credit: Seoul Metropolitan Government)

The recent new attraction Seoul citizens are going crazy for is Seoullo 7017. Originally a road built in the area of Seoul Station in the 1970s, the space has been transformed into a pedestrian walking path, earning the romantic nickname “sky garden.” Seoullo 7017 connects Namdaemun Market with Seoul Station Square and Malli-dong, providing plenty of opportunities to see the many attractions in the surrounding area. The perfect spot to see, rest, play, and eat, visit Seoullo 7017 to find out what all the fuss is about!

TIP) Main route of Seoullo 7017Namdaemun Market → Seoullo Terrace → Magnolia Square (Magnolia Stage) → Seoullo Travelers’ Café → Sky Garden Rest Area → Bangbang Playground → Rose Square (Rose Stage) → 7017 Seoul Hwaban café → Garden Classroom → Malli-dong Square * There are many entrances and exits to Seoullo 7017, so feel free to start and end your trip at any point according to your travel plan.* Information pamphlets are available at the information center and Travelers’ Café for free. (Travelers’ Café also has coin lockers and free internet service for all visitors.)

Five attractions within the 1km-long sky garden

Seoul Station, Sungnyemun Gate, and Seoul Square – Attractions along Seoullo 7017


Seoul Station Square as seen from Seoullo 7017

Seoullo 7017 covers a rather short distance, taking on average only 30 minutes to walk completely. However, within this concentrated area are some of Seoul’s landmark attractions, including Namdaemun Market, Seoul Station Square, Namsan Seoul Tower, Sungnyemun Gate, and Seoul Square. These attractions take on a whole new look when seen from the observation points spaced throughout Seoullo 7017, despite being only one floor higher than ground level.

Strongly recommended – Seoullo 7017’s best photo zones


Recommended photo spots

The best place to take a souvenir photo on Seoullo 7017 is Seoul Station Square, with the active hustle and bustle of Seoul Station in the background. Other popular photo spots include the observatories of the nearby Rose Square and Ivy Theater.

Take a break from the hot summer sun – Seoullo 7017’s relaxing spots


Outdoor garden space of Seoullo 7017

Seoullo 7017 has over 50 types of flowers and 228 tree species, resembling an outdoor arboretum. The vibrant roses planted at Rose Square in particular make for a romantic ambiance.


Tree named after a K-POP idol

Some uniquely named trees have been planted in the direction of Namdaemun Market. By reading the small black plaques, you can find trees named after 2PM’s Junho, EXO’s Suho, Twice’s Sana and other K-pop stars. These trees were all gifted by the support of each idol’s fan club.

Jump, jump, now look down – Playgrounds of Seoullo 7017


Fun facilities of Seoullo 7017

Visitors to Malli-dong Square will be delighted by the large exhibition Yunseul (top photo). This work of art uses a series of mirrored crossbeams to reflect sunlight on the uneven floor, creating an illusion of rippling waves (“yunseul” means rippling waves in Korea). Located at the halfway point of Seoullo 7017 is BangBang Playground (bottom left), featuring trampolines incased in mesh for children to freely jump in and play. Also, don’t miss out on the interesting Curiosity Treepots (bottom right) placed along Seoullo 7017. These round viewing ports are placed along the large pillars and offer various views of Seoul through videos.

Transformation into the Milky Way Galaxy – Fantastic nightscape at Seoullo 7017


Seoullo 7017 nightscape

When night falls, Seoullo 7017 transforms into a beautiful imitation of the Milky Way Galaxy stretching overhead; the floor lights and street lamps become a star-filled night sky. The view is enhanced by the lights of Seoul Station, Seoul Square, and Sungnyemun Gate. Create a romantic memory walking hand-in-hand along Seoullo 7017 on a warm summer night.

Fill your belly with yummy treats – Seoullo 7017’s delish delights


Food served along Seoullo 7017

Suguk Sikppang is a food stand on Seoullo 7017 that sells Korean-style toast, a toasted sandwich filled with an egg fried in creamy butter, fried ham, chopped cabbage and other ingredients. This street food has been loved by locals for years and is still commonly purchased by busy workers as a breakfast-on-the-go. At Malli-dong Square, visitors can try acorn-shaped manju filled with a sweet jam and sprinkled with peanuts, perfect for filling a small stomach! For those looking for something a bit sweeter, try the pure milk ice cream served at Magnolia Café.

More Info☞ Visit Seoul website: www.visitseoul.net

 

 

 

Company Vacation

BiNAREE is having a company vacation day on August 14th.

As August 15th is Korea’s National Liberation Day,

we are having a sandwich holiday 🙂

Yay!!!!!!!!!

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