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 over 8 million visitors each year and is considered, along with Tokyo Disney Resort, as one of the most world-class theme parks in Asia. 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 Seok-Chon Lake.
Lotte World is located in Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is made up of two main sections, the outdoor amusement park Magic Island, and Adventure. Lotte World opens all year long without holidays. Its hours of operation on weekdays (Monday to Thursday) is 9:30a.m. to 10p.m., while on weekends (Friday to Sunday) is 9:30a.m. to 11p.m. The price of admission tickets for Lotte World differs with different age groups. A day pass for adults(18 years and over) costs 44,000Won (41USD, as of November 28, 2013), while a day pass for teenagers (13years to 17years), children (3years to 12years), and babies (12months to 2years) costs 38,000Won (36USD), 34,000Won (32USD), and 11,000Won (10USD), respectively. Lotte World also offers what is called, 'late' admission tickets, which are admission tickets purchased after 4p.m. They are approximately 75% of the price of the regular admission tickets.
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.
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 I-max screen theater, but the seats are in the form of a horse. The seats move in all directions to the screen image. Passengers over 120 kg and under 120 cm must sit on a coach seat.
A play place for kids under the age of 8 years. This play area's theme is fairy-tale world, and kids can go barefoot to explore Cinderella's Castle, Alice in Wonderland, and other fairy-tale stories.
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. 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). The amusement park was used in some scenes of SBS drama Protect the Boss and drama Full House.