|Location||Sincheon-dong, Seoul, South Korea|
|Opened||July 12, 1989|
|Visitors per annum||7.6 million|
|Area||128,246 m2 (1,380,430 sq ft)|
Lotte World is a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea. It consists of the world's largest indoor theme park (a Guinness World Record) which is open all year around, an outdoor amusement park called "Magic Island", an artificial island inside a lake linked by monorail, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters. Opened on July 12, 1989, Lotte World receives 7.6 million visitors each year. Lotte World can be easily accessed from Jamsil Station, on Line 2 and Line 8 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway and SMRT, respectively. Located near the park is the Seok-Chon Lake.
Lotte World opens all year long without holidays. Its hours of operation on weekdays (Monday to Thursday) is 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., while on weekends (Friday to Sunday) the hours of operation are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The price of admission tickets for Lotte World varies with different age groups. A day pass for adults (18 years and over) costs 44,000 Won (41 USD, as of November 28, 2013), while day passes for teenagers (13-17 years), children (3-12 years), and babies (12 months to 2 years) cost 38,000 Won (36 USD), 34,000 Won (32 USD), and 11,000 Won (10 USD), respectively. Lotte World also offers "late admission" tickets, which can be purchased after 4 p.m. at approximately 75% of the price of the regular tickets.
Lotte World offers a variety of small and big performances and festivals in the park. Since they are mostly performed inside the park, visitors can freely and conveniently access them, regardless of weather.
Lotte World also has South Korea's largest ice skating rink.
The "Adventure" part of the amusement park is divided into four main floors.
Adventure 1F: Underland
The Adventures of Sindbad
A boat ride that allows passengers to travel along with Sindbad through an underground waterway.
A Viking ride. It swings back and forth, almost reaching the ceiling of Lotte World at its maximum height. The seats at the ends of the ship rise 5 more meters and 24 degrees higher than the seats towards the middle.
A log ride consisting of a 4-seat long boat that travels through a Jurassic jungle. Former name was "the Marrakesh Express".
The merry-go-round located near the middle of Lotte World consists of 64 white horses. This is also the merry-go-round featured in South Korean drama series, Stairway to Heaven.
A roller coaster ride made only of one big loop. Passengers are constantly taken for 360 degree spins in a 14m-wide circular rail. The vehicle even stops while upside down.
A teacup ride that spins the individual vehicles left and right while the whole ride itself rises up and down.
A wide IMAX screen theater, where the seats are in the form of a horse. The seats move in all directions in accordance with the screen image. Passengers over 120 kg or under 120 cm must sit on a coach seat.
A playground for children under age 8. This play area's theme is a fairy-tale world. Children can go barefoot to explore Cinderella's Castle, Alice in Wonderland, and other fairy-tale stories.
A children's ride. The children are taken up towards a tree house as they jump up and down over 6 meters. Only children between 90 cm and 120 cm are permitted.
Kids Bumper Cars
Bumper cars for children which not permitted on the Crazy Bumper Cars. Anyone over 140 cm is not permitted, unless they are accompanying a child. Children under 5 years must have an adult with them.
Swing Pang Pang
A mini version of the Teacup ride; the children get on a twirling basket. Children under 6 years have to be accompanied by an adult.
Boong Boong Car
A kid ride where the children aboard a Boong Boong Car (붕붕 in Korean is the sound a car makes) and go to save Hansel and Gretel from the witch's house. Children under 105 cm are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Brother Moon & Sister Sun
Jump into the sky with Brother Moon & Sister Sun to run away from tiger!
Make your adventure taking a small train
Magic boats that take riders up and down while spinning around.
Explore aquatic adventures. The only way to escape from the evil shark is to jump over it.
Do you speak Beluga?
Interactive live show with Beluga.
A high-octane roller coaster. It rotates 360 degrees and even up to 540 degrees in some parts. The roller coaster goes through buildings and is indoors, so there is always a near-miss crash feeling. It also takes a picture during the ride that is available for pick up at the exit.
For adults, must be at least 140 cm to ride.
A water ride that takes passengers through the jungle. They get on a jungle boat and enter a dark cave and are taken through the rapids.
The monorail takes visitors through Lotte World—both inside and outside. It gives a scenic view as it goes by Adventure, then goes outside to Magic Island that sits over the Seok-Chon Lake.
The folk museum allows visitors to learn all about Korea's people and history.
A multi-motion ride where passengers board a Jeep and travel through ancient Egypt. The passengers feel as if they were right at the steering wheel as they go on a 1 km-long ride.
Aeronauts Balloon Ride
This ride in a balloon spans the majority of the indoor park. It allows visitors view Lotte World from high above.
This theatre shows 15-minute long movies, while the chair vibrates along with the movie.
This production, targeted towards children, tells the story of Piggy who is in love with a Princess. The King has already chosen a fiance for the Princess, Knight Rolo. However, Piggy eventually wins the love of the princess through the help of his animal friends.
- Gyeonggi Urban Bus: 16, 30-1, 30-3, 30-5, 32, 70,100,101,116,119
- Direct, Gyeonggi Bus: 500-1, 1000, 1007, 1007-1, 1009, 1100, 1112, 1115, 1115-6, 1117, 1200, * 1650, 1670, 1700, 2000, 5600, 5700, 6900, 7007, 8001, 8002, 8012, 9005
- Gyeonggi Intercity Bus: 3300, 7000, 8000, 8800
- Seoul Line Bus: 2412, 2415, 3215, 3216, 3217, 3313, 3314, 3315, 3317, 3318, 3319, 3411, 3412, 3413, 3414, 4318, 4319
- Seoul Blue Bus: 301, 302, 303, 320, 333,341,351,360,362
- Greater Seoul Bus: 9403
- Seoul Airport Bus: 6000, 6006, 6300, 6705, 6706A
In popular culture
Lotte World was one of several locations used for filming the Korean drama Stairway to Heaven, namely the carousel, ice rink and as the seat of Cha Song-joo's family business. It was also used for filming the Korean drama "Hyde, Jekyll, Me" of Gu seo-jin's family business and was called "Wonderland" instead of Lotte World.
In 2006, it was host to the WPF. It has also been used as the setting for episodes 9 and 149 of SBS Variety show Running Man and as the setting for Episode 3 of MBC We Got Married YongSeo Couple (Girls' Generation's Seohyun and CNBlue's Yonghwa).
K-pop boy group H.O.T. filmed parts of the inside for their music video Candy.
K-Pop boy group GOT7 filmed Season 2, Episode 5 of their online reality series, REAL GOT7, here.
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