Finally, I went to Lotte World! Lotte World is to Korea what Disneyland is to So Cal. I had wanted to visit last year but didn’t manage to fit it into my schedule. Usually on bigger Korean holidays Lotte World offers a half off discount to foreigners in Korea. I guess they figure that since most Koreans are out visiting family they should try and get foreigners to fill the place up. There are a variety of tickets available for Lotte World. The cheapest option is for park entrance and then you can pay separately for different rides you want to go on. There is a more expensive option that includes the rides in the Adventure area and Magic Island. This is the ticket that is usually ₩48,000 but on holidays you can find on sale for ₩24,000. So if you are a foreigner living in Korea, want to visit Lotte World and will be in the country around a holiday I would highly recommend taking advantage of this special promotion. You can find it on the website and either print it out or screenshot it on your phone.
One of the entrances to the park is in the Jamsil Exit 4 on Line 2, this will take you to where you can buy tickets enter the park.
Once inside the park, my first objective was to get a ridiculous headband on my head as fast as possible. I asked the girl behind the counter to take a picture of us and she did, then another girl grabbed my phone, threw a filter on it and made us pose in front of the stuffed animal stand.
Once the ridiculous headbands were in place we were off and ready to explore all Lotte World had to offer…
Something I found kind of interesting about Lotte World was the amount of foreigners working inside the park. A huge portion of the performers and dancers weren’t Korean, I think they were Russian but I can’t say for sure. Either way it was interesting to see non-Koreans performing traditional Korean dances in hanboks.
As it as a holiday the day started off being slightly busy and then got busier and busier until I was forced to leave since I refuse to wait 2 hours for a ride. There are other attractions bedsides the rides. The first place we visited was the Marvelous Museum, which is a museum where you take pictures of yourself interacting with large pictures. The idea is very similar to the Trickeye Musuem (locations in Busan and Seoul), you can see more about the Trickeye Museum here.
Next up we went to the Wild Jungle, not really knowing what kind of a ride it was. Apparently, for this ride we were required to book advance tickets on the Magic Pass which is similar to Disneyland’s Fast Pass where you get a ticket to get on the ride faster at a later time. Wild Jungle was a 4D ride where you sat in a jeep and watched an adventure unfold on screen. There was water and air shot at the audience and the feeling was quite real, it left me with real motion sickness.
After the ride we were on our way to the Folk Museum when we decided to stop and watch one of the parades taking place. I would recommend going up to the top floor and watching the parades over the balcony, there are no crowds and you don’t have to worry about being pushed with a stroller…
Something I would really recommend when going to Lotte World is to check out the Folk Museum. It’s a decent sized museum that starts all the way back, starting with the dinosaurs!
In the same area as the Folk Museum there are a couple of traditional Korean style restaurants. They aren’t as crowded as the restaurants in the main area of Lotte World. The food was decent, I ordered the fresh tuna bibimbap and the tuna came partially frozen, so I’m not too sure about the fresh part but it wasn’t horrible. The pricing was about mid range for a sit down restaurant so not too bad for eating at an amusement park.
After lunch we went on another ride, the Giant Loop and it was HORRIBLE. I thought it was a small roller coaster but it was just a giant loop…so I mean it wasn’t as if I wasn’t fairly warned. It was a giant loop that swings you in a giant circle for 2.5 minutes. And it made me insanely sick. So stay away…
Finally up on our Lotte World adventure was to watch the Traditional Korean performance. It was a great performance filled with music and dances. The only thing I found a bit weird was all the foreigners dressed up in hanboks, but regardless it was a great show.
And my first visit to Lotte World was great! I would definitely go back again, especially on a holiday when the tickets are half off.