CONTRIBUTED BY AMY HICKERSON
Lotte World Amusement Park is a part indoor/part outdoor extravaganza of rides, shows, and exhibits. Open 365 days per year, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this park, one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world.
To enter the park, there are several choices for tickets. A daily passport ticket will get you entrance as well as unlimited rides for the day. An admission only ticket will only allow you entrance into the park; you will have to purchase ride tickets for individual rides you wish to do. There are also season pass options, which can be purchased for half a year or a full year. If you go for one day and decide afterwards that you want to purchase a season pass, you may show your one day ticket to the cashier, and they will put that towards your season pass ticket price. Be sure to ask for military discounts, as those are also available.
Once you have purchased your tickets you are ready to head into the park! Here is a bird’s eye view of the indoor section of the park, taken from the hot air balloon ride (the ice skating rink you can see at the bottom of the photo is separate from the amusement park):
Here are a couple photos of the outside section of the park:
Upon entering the park, especially if it is your first time, you will want to make sure to grab a park guide. They are available in several different languages. This guide provides a detailed map of each floor, with information on everything including rides, exhibits, foods, and more!
There are attractions for all ages throughout the park, indoor and out, and for the most popular rides, the “magic pass” is available (commonly called a fast pass as well….it allows you to scan your park ticket for an assigned time to come back to the ride and have a shorter wait time).
Rides with a Magic Pass will have a station like this at the front entrance to the ride:
In addition to the many rides, there are also play areas for younger children. Pororo Park, Fantasy Forest, and Kidstoria. Each of those is an additional charge (although I believe you can use these free with a daily passport; when I asked the last time we went, I was told it was free with our pass, but charge without a pass), with prices ranging from 2,000KRW to 15,000KRW.
Food inside the park is plentiful, both Korean and Western fare. There are a lot of snack carts, coffee shops, and candy stores in addition to restaurants. You can also bring in your own food and snacks (I wouldn’t try to roll in a cooler, but a few things in a backpack is not a problem. How cute are these treats? That character bar is “Lotte” by the way…..Lotte World’s characters are “Lotte & Lorry” (kind of like Mickey & Minnie of Disney fame).
Two other attractions inside the theme park that my son and I discovered one day after we had been many times already (we had season passes and it seemed like each time we went we found something new!) are a small Trick Eye Museum room, and a Folk Museum.
The Trick Eye section is one room with about 10-15 optical illusion paintings like this:
The Folk Museum is a great display of many traditional Korean artifacts, as well as exhibits depicting a typical way of life through the years in Korea. My son and I found this very interesting! There are a lot of hands on exhibits. Here he is trying on a traditional A-Frame backpack.
So there you have it! Lotte World Amusement park in a nutshell! If you have not been yet, I highly recommend going at least once. Oh, one more thing, there is a parade daily at 2 pm and at 8:30 pm. The theme of the parade changes seasonally. Their Christmas parade is so fun, and it is a great taste of “home” if you are missing your hometown Christmas parade while stationed here in Korea.
All of the information I have provided, and more, is available on the Lotte World website (available in English)… http://global.lotteworld.com/main.asp
Admission: Varies depending on ticket type; check the website for specific information
Address: 240 Olympic-ro Songpa-Gu, Seoul, Korea (click here for the website’s information about parking options)
Google Maps Coordinates: 37.5112348, 127.098027399
Directions: Lotte World is located at Exit #4 of Jamsil Station on Subway Line #2 and #8