Lotte World is one of the must-go places when you are in Seoul! Known to be one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks, Lotte World features both indoor and outdoor facilities, referred to as the Adventure Park and the Magic Island respectively. More than anything, the largest draw of this amusement park lies in the fact that it is located in Seoul, easily accessible via public transportation!
As Lotte World is quite large in scale, a visit without proper planning may result in an unfruitful trip due to excessively waiting in line or missing signature rides. Read on to find out how you can make full use of the admission ticket and enjoy a memorable time at Lotte World!
For travelers planning to go to Lotte World, here are some things that you should know before your visit!
1. Magicpass, the express ticket to thrill rides!
As Lotte World is also a popular attraction among Koreans, the wait time for most thrill rides will range from at least 30 minutes to over an hour. At such times, it is best to use Magicpass! This is an express pass available for one-day ticket holders and annual membership holders that allow riders to make advanced reservations for select rides, greatly reducing one’s wait time. Reservations can be made by first downloading the Lotte World Magicpass mobile application (available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese), and then selecting any vacant time slots for your desired ride. However, Magicpass reservations are limited to three times a day per individual. If you wish to make more reservations for the rides, you can always purchase the Magicpass Premium. Magicpass Premium offers two different passes: the Five Item Pass, where you can reserve five times a day, and the Freepass, which allows you to make reservations on all attractions in the park. To purchase a Magicpass Premium, you must first purchase a one-day pass.
2. Enter after 4 p.m. for a discounted price!
There are two types of one-day tickets: a full day ticket and an after4 ticket. The full day ticket is suitable if you have plans to spend the entire day at Lotte World, but if you are only planning to spend a few hours at the amusement park, the after4 ticket is highly recommended. Available for all admissions after 4 p.m., the price is about 10,000 won cheaper than the regular full day ticket!
3. Store your items in a locker and GO!
Besides one’s mobile phone, wallet, camera and other small items that are necessary and simple to carry around, lockers are available for visitors to keep all other belongings safe. Lockers can be found in nine different spots spread across the theme park, and a one-time use costs 1,000 won to 2,000 won payment in advance. Extra charges will only be incurred when items are stored for over 24 hours.
4. For memorable photo mementos, headbands are a must!
If you would like to capture a special moment in Lotte World, take a photo wearing a fun headband! Almost all Koreans at Lotte World can be seen wearing headbands. They also make great gifts for children. The headbands with Lotte World characters and various animal characters come in a variety of colors and designs, making it fun to pick one out. Headbands can be found at all gift shops within Lotte World.
Lotte World is a place where all visitors can play to their heart's content. The more you learn about the place beforehand, the more you’ll enjoy what Lotte World has to offer. Don’t miss out on the top thrill rides, photo zones and other must-see attractions when you visit Lotte World!
Lotte World is known for its themed festivals and performances all year-round. Every spring, masked performers dance and sing to music in the Mask Festival while during summer dancers in vibrantly colored outfits can be seen at the Rio Samba Carnival. In autumn, visitors can become friends with ghosts at the Happy Halloween Party and winter brings the Happy Christmas Parade. In order to fully enjoy the performances, visitors may want to consider the seasonal themed festivals of their desired choice before planning a trip to Lotte World.
“VR Space,” located on the basement third floor of the Adventure Park, offers diverse VR gaming experiences using goggles and equipments. There are a total of five themes including “Sky High,” a shooting game with missions played from a 100-story tall building, speed racer experience, baseball game experience, and more.
If you enjoy hair-raising horror experiences, go up to the third floor of the Adventure Park, to try out the Horror VR. Horror VR is a 4D experience that uses motion simulation and wind effects which takes you on a mission to escape a laboratory filled with zombies.
VR Ride integrates VR with already popular rides, giving riders an extra dose of thrill. The French Revolution and Gyro Drop use goggles to portray futuristic cities and fantasy worlds full of monsters.
The best way to enjoy Lotte World is undoubtedly taking the rides. There are a total of 48 rides (as of March 2018) offered and visitors may choose to ride from diverse genres based on their own likings. The most representative rides that offer an overview of the vista indoors are the Hot Air Balloon Ride and the World Monorail, a ride that allows visitors to have a view of both Adventure and Magic Island in one setting. Visitors may also feel like they are in a romantic fairytale as they ride a horse on the carousel. For those who are bold and adventurous, you may try Atlantis, an exciting ride that combines the thrilling sensation of a roller coaster and a flume ride, or one of the three highlights of Magic Island - the Gyro Drop, Gyro Swing, and Gyro Spin.
※ Rides are subject to closure depending on the weather and maintenance conditions.
A mini photo studio guaranteed to offer unforgettable snapshots, Geureolssahan Studio can be found on the fourth floor of Adventure Park. Several photo booths are prepared, each characterized by vividly colored walls and adorable props with a theme of its own. The lightings are adjusted perfectly to match the tone of each booth, allowing even non-photographers to create unique and memorable mementos of their trip. The studio is open daily from 09:30 to 21:00 and will remain open until June 17, 2018.
TIP) Recommended photo spots at Lotte World!.
The castle on Magic Island is a popular photo spot. Pictures taken here will look like as if you have traveled to a fairytale world.
The dazzling carousel found indoors is also a popular choice for those looking to take a photo in a more romantic setting.
As fun as it is to explore within Lotte World, there are other attractions nearby that are worth a visit. These attractions are equally remarkable, and time might even pass by in the blink of an eye!
The Folk Museum at Lotte World is a highly recommended exhibition space, providing international visitors with the chance to see representative cultural relics and lifestyles of Korea’s past. Through cutting edge videos and miniature sculptures, the past will come to life right before visitors’ eyes. The History Exhibition Hall features information on the history and changes in national culture over time, ranging from the prehistoric era to the Goryeo Dynasty. One-eighth sized dioramas of typical scenes of life during the Joseon Dynasty are on display at the Model Village. Moreover, visitors may also catch traditional artistic performances at the Nori Madang located inside the folk museum.
An ice rink operating throughout all four seasons can be found at Lotte World. With the capacity for a thousand people, Lotte World Ice Skating Rink is a grand space connected to the Adventure Park indoors. Plus, Lotte World ticket holders are entitled to a discount when using the ice rink. Make full use of your trip to Lotte World by enjoying both facilities!
Lotte World Aquarium is designed with the motto “a place for understanding among people and the sea.” This aquarium is one of the largest in the city, with two levels for visitors to explore. Enjoy the various themed corners, spot marine life from rivers to coastal shores and sea. Above all, don’t forget to check out the underwater tunnel, the longest in the nation with a length of 85 meters!
For travelers who love shopping, Lotte World Tower & Mall is a must. Lotte World Tower draws the eye even from the outside with its 123 floors rising high, featuring a motif of traditional Korean ceramics and writing brushes. Located at the top of the building is Seoul Sky, the highest indoor observatory in Korea that offers a panoramic view of Seoul. The observatory had made its way to become the latest landmark in Seoul with its spectacular nightscape of Seoul.
Lotte World Tower is filled with shops selling adorable interior and household items as well as unconventional dessert cafés and restaurants, allowing visitors to enjoy shopping and food all in one place. On the other hand, Lotte World Mall, which opened next to the tower in 2014, is one of the top shopping attractions in Seoul that boasts a variety of domestic and foreign brand products. This multi-complex shopping mall offers a wide-range of facilities, including Lotte Mart, brand malls, duty-free stores, and a movie theater.
* This column was last updated in March 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.