Did you know there was an amusement park in the middle of Seoul? In this Lotte World guide, I’m going to show you exactly what to expect!
Despite having popped over to Jamsil a few times during my visits to Seoul, I’ve never actually gone into Lotte World until now! However, with the cherry blossoms in full bloom, I was lucky enough to partner with Trazy for a little day visit with my pal, Stephanie.
Trazy is an English-friendly booking company in Korea, and I’ve used them and recommended them multiple times on the blog! Besides tours, they also sell discounted tickets to attractions around the country, including our Lotte World discount tickets.
A Quick Lotte World Guide
Before I dive into what exactly Lotte World is and why it’s such a fun experience if you’re in Seoul, I need you to put on this truly classic K-pop gem. Before there was BTS, there was H.O.T.
Anyway… Lotte World is one of the two major theme parks around the city. There are smaller ones, but only two are really worth your time. And while Everland is actually more in Gyeonggi-do than in the city center, Lotte World is right off Jamsil Station. You can quite literally walk from Exit 4 over to the theme park area.
There are a few parts to the park, with about half of it indoors and half of it outdoors.
Adventure – Indoors
The indoor section is known as Adventure, and it spans 4 floors. Once you get your tickets, you’ll enter through the first floor. Stephanie thought it felt a lot like Casa Bonita haha.
We got a quick little lunch of popcorn chicken and hamburgers at one of the food places. There’s actually a TGI Fridays near where we ate, which was random, but if you’re not in the mood for Korean theme park food, that’s always an option!
After we ate, we wandered around. We actually didn’t go on a ton of rides just because we didn’t want to wait in line and different things made us both nauseous. Too much VR and anything that spins makes me sick, and Stephanie’s afraid of heights. And yes, in case you’re wondering, this is what getting old means.
Anyway, I’ll list the major rides or areas on each floor below.
- The Adventures of Sinbad
- Giant Loop
- Fantasy Forest
- Fly Venture
- French Revolution2 VR
- Bumper Cars (adults)
- Jungle Adventure
- World Monorail
- Folk Museum
- Pharaoh’s Fury – this is actually pretty fun! You feel like you’re in a jeep.
- Aeronauts Balloon Ride – we were going to go on this but the line was super long
- Dream Boots
- Wild Valley
- Wild Jungle
- 4D Shooting Theater
- Dragon Train
- Wild Wing
Because it was such a beautiful day when we went, we much preferred being outside! You can cross over to Magic Island from the indoor area through a bridge. It actually will lead you right to a nice photo spot overlooking Lotte World Castle, and, surprisingly, everyone was nicely waiting in line to get their shot!
The main rides on Magic Island are:
- Atlantis Adventure
- Gyro Spin
- Bungee Drop
- Gyro Drop – This one was funnnn. I love a good drop ride.
- Gyro Swing
- Comet Express
- Ghost House
- Swing Tree – Just watch the people before you and see who doesn’t take to well to the swings. Shame, we saw a few people look ill!
- Lord Nelson’s Armada — that sounds so dramatic but it’s just the fun little swan boats!
How to Visit Lotte World
- 9:30 am – 10:00 pm, 365 days a year
- Check this page to see if certain attractions are closed.
Just know that if you book online, you’ll actually go inside the doors to the Group Ticket Office, not the regular ticket kiosks.
For 1Day with the Lotte World + Folk Museum
- Adult – 57,000 KRW
- Youth – 50,000 KRW
- Child – 46,000 KRW
- Baby – 14,000 KRW
However, with the Lotte World discount ticket, it’s only 35,200 KRW. You can also purchase a Magic Pass. For 40,000 KRW, you can skip the line at 5 attractions, and for 100,000 KRW, it’s unlimited.
How to Get to Lotte World
The easiest way to get to Lotte World is by the subway. Just go to Jamsil, Exit 4 and walk around.
Where to Stay
There’s a hotel right on the lake called Lotte Hotel World, and if you want a really pretty view of Seokchon and Lotte World Tower, I’d try Rosana Boutique Hotel. I stayed about 15-minutes away by subway at this Airbnb right next to Suseo Station, Exit 4.
What Else to Do in the Area
Magic Island actually sits right on Seokchon Lake, which is actually two lakes with a road running through the middle. It’s easily one of the most beautiful places in Seoul for cherry blossoms, but it’s still quite pretty to walk around other times of the year. If you do go later in the day on a weekend during peak cherry blossom season, be wary of the shoulder to shoulder crowds.
Lotte World Tower
When I first went to Seokchon in 2015, this tower hadn’t even been completed! Now it is, and it’s the 5th tallest building in the world at 555 meters (1,821ft) and the tallest on the Korean peninsula. I have a review of the Seoul Sky observatory coming up next, but I think it’s definitely worth a visit at least once. You’ll get crazy views out to the city, and there are a few glass floor areas to really see how high up you are. It’s a little pricey, especially for Korea, but you can get a small discount here.
Over off Sports Complex Station is the Olympic Stadium, which was originally used for the 10th Asian Games in 1986 and the Summer Olympics 1988. A few different artists have held concerts here (like the aforementioned H.O.T.), and I actually missioned out here when I was student to see the Superstar K auditions because G Dragon made an appearance.
And there you have it! A quick little Lotte World guide. Have you been? What did you think?
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Thanks so much to Trazy for sponsoring this experience!