Seoul is known for many things, and one of them is Lotte World. Located in the heart of South Korea’s capital city, Lotte World is a modern theme park that offers thrilling rides and a different kind of fun experiences. It offers many things to people of all ages and nationalities. This is the place to be when in Seoul.
An average of 8,000,000 visitors per year makes Lotte World one of the most visited theme parks not only in Korea or Asia but also the entire world. About 10% of that many visitors are foreigners. Lotte Park is the perfect place for entertainment, sightseeing, family time, child’s play, hanging out, and simply letting go of life’s stresses and burdens.
It impossible for guests to run out of things to see, do or enjoy. According to the Guinness World of Record, Lotte World has the world’s largest indoor theme park that is open throughout the year. Inside Lotte Word is all about “Adventure” while outside and near Seokchonhosu Lake is “Magic”. The out-door Magic Island features thrilling one-of-a-kind high-altitude rides and the enchanting Magic Castle. There is also a peaceful trail around the like that is enjoyed by older guests. Meanwhile, inside Lotte World Adventure are different areas with facilities and souvenir shops that represent different countries of the world. There are also food areas to enjoy an array of international dishes, film shows, entertaining parades, and laser shows. The World Carnival Parade involves 200 singing and dancing performers at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every day. The laser show also happens daily at 9:30 p.m. Obviously, it has to happen late at night for viewers to better appreciate the lighting effects.
An amusement park is not truly a fun park without the hair-raising amusement rides. The most loved rides are the Gyro Drop, an exhilarating steep drop from as high as 70 meters, and Gyro Swing, a breathtaking simulation of how it feels to be caught inside a tornado! What’s comical about Gyro Swing are shoes coming off and flying around during the ride. Two other often frequented rides are The Flume Ride, which is a long boat ride through huge waves and the Spanish Pirate Ship, which swings riders back and forth until it reaches a scary angle at 75 degrees.
In addition to the rides, there are other “less thrilling” forms of entertainment such as sailing around the skating rink and viewing arts pieces inside the Folk Museum. Families enjoy skating together especially during the holidays. The indoor rink is found on the B3 floor and opens from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Nearby is a restaurant, snack bar, and sports shop. There is skate rental service and changing room for skaters. Meanwhile, the Folk Museum is very popular among foreigners. On display are cultural relics and important historical items that are about 5,000 years old. Also, there are miniature villages and a playground.
When in Korea, make sure to check out Lotte World, one of two most popular theme parks in Asia. (The other one is Tokyo Disneyland.) Visit Lotte World by taking the Jamsil Subway Station, on Line 2 and Line 8.