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There Is A Theme Park Dedicated To Cheese And It's Everything

Rachael Grealish

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There Is A Theme Park Dedicated To Cheese And It's Everything

Featured Image Credit: Imsil Cheese Theme Park

Fromage fiends, this is your time - the world's first theme park completely dedicated to cheese has opened in South Korea and it's just everything. Hardcore cheese feasters, be warned: this will definitely be on your holiday wish list.

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According to Korea.net, the Imsil Cheese Theme Park is designed to mimic the Swiss village of Appenzell, sprawling out across 32 acres of the North Jeolla Province - a place that's rather famous for the cheese it produces.

The theme park opened in 2004 and gives visitors a chance to learn about cheese, make cheese and eat cheese - basically, ticking off every box on the cheese-lover's wishlist.

Oh, and for the cheese romantics among us, you can even get married in front of the European-style cheese castle.

This is so much like my dreams, it's scary. Credit: Imsil Cheese Theme Park
This is so much like my dreams, it's scary. Credit: Imsil Cheese Theme Park

Travel website Atlas Obscura provides a bit of background to all this - frankly bonkers - cheesiness, as it turns out Imsil is essentially the South Korean Mecca for the dairy stuff.

It reads: "Up until a few decades ago, many people in Korea had never heard of cheese, let alone tasted it or made it.

"Now a 32-acre cheese-themed fun park in the small county of Imsil is an expression of the country's love affair with the food."

It also states: "The introduction of cheese to the Korean diet is traced back to 1958, when a Belgian priest came to Imsil in the Jeollabuk-do region as a missionary, where he raised goats and started to make his own cheese.

"The governor of Imsil asked him to teach the skill to the whole community."

So there you go.

The theme park has been built on the exact location the missionary first started to make his own cheese - and so started South-Korea's love of the delicious fromage.

I know, right? Credit: Imsil Cheese Theme Park
I know, right? Credit: Imsil Cheese Theme Park

Main attractions include the making (and eating) of mozzarella, a children's play park and an animal park. All buildings are, of course, shaped like blocks of cheese and there's even a research centre that you can visit, not to mention a cave-like building where cheeses are left to age.

If you're going to visit a theme park like this, it's highly likely you'll get hungry - presumably for cheese. Luckily there's a shop and a restaurant, selling plenty of... well, c'mon, surely you can guess by this point.

Some people want to go to Disneyland or Alton Towers, but this place is the big cheese for fromage foodies. What a time to be alive.

Topics: Food, World News, South Korea, Interesting, Weird, Theme Park

Rachael Grealish
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