Lotte World is one of the must-go places when you are in Seoul! The amusement park features both indoor (Adventure Park) and outdoor (Magic Island) sections. More than anything, though, 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!
Lotte World is a place where all visitors can play to their heart's content. As long as you are informed before you visit, you will be able to enjoy a smooth and pleasant time. 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 ghost at the Happy Halloween Party and winter brings the Happy Christmas Parade.
Therefore, 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.
A highly recommended performance at Lotte World is Let's Dream, the first multimedia night parade in the world. The parade was introduced in 2014 in celebration of Lotte World's 25th anniversary. It took two years for the producers to put together this night parade project, with about 150 actors and staff in total.
As soon as the clock strikes eight in the evening, the parade begins. Along with Lotte World Adventure's main character Lotty, six different themes of dreams including adventure, courage, and future are conveyed together with familiar characters from fairytales. The parade is a colorful performance with many sights to catch, and lasts for approximately 30 minutes.
The best way to enjoy Lotte World is undoubtedly taking the rides. There are about 50 rides (as of December 2015) offered and visitors may choose to ride from diverse genres based on their own likings. The most representative ride that offers an overview of the vista indoors is the 'Hot Air Balloon Ride', while the 'World Monorail' is 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 fairytale as they ride the horse on the carousel. For those who are bold and more adventurous, you may try 'Atlantis', a thrill ride that combines the thrilling sensation of a roller coaster and a flume ride. There are several highlights at the Magic Island and the three main attractions include 'Gyro Drop', 'Gyro Swing', and 'Gyro Spin'.
Not only are there many exciting rides in Lotte World, there are also many spots to take photos, such as photo zones with cute characters, or signboards with funny text. Among the several hidden photo zones that visitors may take unique and memorable photos, Fascinating Art Museum is a definite must! Featuring outstanding optical illusions, the images here serve as great photo ops for all visitors!
As fun as it is to explore within Lotte World, there are other attractions nearby that are worth a visit if time allows! 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.
Photo: Lotte World Ice Rink (Photo courtesy of Lotte World)
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 Lotte World Adventure 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, do not forget to check out the underwater tunnel, the longest in the nation with a length of 85m!
For travelers who love shopping, Lotte World Tower & Mall is a must. The completion of construction for this 123-floor building is just ahead! The exterior of this giant skyscraper draws the eye, featuring a motive of traditional Korean ceramics and writing brushes. Lotte World Mall, located next to the tower, was opened in 2014, and is one of the top shopping attractions in Seoul with a variety of domestic and foreign brands. The multi-complex offers a wide-range of facilities including Lotte Mart, shopping mall, duty-free stores, a movie theater, and more.
* This column was last updated in February 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on May 13, 2016>