Yongma Land Abandoned Theme Park in Seoul, Korea

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul ABANDONED SPACES
Yongma Land is a small abandoned amusement park in Seoul, South Korea. View gallery: 20+ photos. 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.

THERE IS A SMALL ABANDONED theme park in Seoul, South Korea with a quieted carousel, bleached-out images of ’80s pop icons, and “dodgem” cars that have long-since quit dodging. But unlike most amusement parks that have gone idle, this one invites the public to share in its slow crumble.

Yongma Land was built in 1980, and had a fairly solid run as a small family-oriented amusement park. By 2011 tastes had moved on, and with attendance dwindling it closed down. Despite stories of a haunting or two, the root of its demise was likely just a matter of profit, when the construction of several, much larger and better located, theme parks lured the thrill-seekers away.

Now in the hands of an enterprising local businessman, the old Yongma Land is open again, but this time to revel in the poignant charm of its decay. For a small charge of 5000 won (about $5, a bit more for professionals) visitors are free to roam the old rides, no fence-jumping needed. And, for 30,000 won, the owner will turn on the lights of the ghostly merry-go-round for you after 8:00 pm.

The fading colors and jumbled figures have proven attractive for musicians and other artists too, inspiring several K-pop videos (most notably Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar” video) and other photoshoots. With piles of dodgem (or bumper) cars, a rusting octopus ride, a Viking ship, and a displaced clown-motif roller coaster, there is still plenty of carney magic to inspire even amateur photographers.

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

HOW TO GET THERE

Use Seoul 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.


Broken-hearted Sailor Moon attraction at Yongma Land

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

An old pirate watching over the place

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

Nature encroaches on one of Yongma Land’s rides

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

The old Viking ride

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

Dodgem cars on the roof of one of Yognma Land’s abandoned buildings.

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

The park was built in 1980, and has a few of the decade’s icons still on hand

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

Pigeons and ponies

Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul
Abandoned Theme Park Yongma Land in Seoul

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