The kids woke up early upon hearing that they would be going to an amusement park – Lotte World. This would be their first time to an amusement park. What they know is what they have read from books or seen from television programmes thus far. Nonetheless, they were excited and I, too, was excited to spend the day in a fantasy land. We arranged to meet Daddy at Jamsil Station Exit 4 as he was off early in the morning to Noryangin Fish Market. The kids were impatient when Daddy was late so I brought them to the entrance of Lotte World (a mere 5 minutes walk from Exit 4 through the underground shopping mall) and introduced to them the different characters in Lotte World. The two main characters for Lotte World are Lotty and Lorry and needless to say, they liked the female character better, Lorry.
|The mytical foundation just at Jamsil Station Exit 4, outside Lotte Departmental Store.|
When Daddy arrived, the kids were on cloud nine because it meant that they could finally go play!We kept our bags in the lockers provided just before the ticketing counters (near the toilets) (1000won for 12 hours. To use, press ‘Lock’ and the screen will show you the numbers of the available lockers. Key in the one of your choice and insert the 1000won note. Put in your belonging and lock up. Be sure to keep the key safe. To open, just press ‘Open’ and key in your locker number. If you exceed the 12 hours, you would be asked to top up the charges.)
Admission charges for Lotte World are as follows – General Admission (without rides and theatres) 25000won. A special package ticket which includes all rides will cost up to 40000won. For a child, it works out to be 19000won and 33000won respectively. If you go after 4pm, it would cost more. We had wanted to get an adult general admission ticket, one adult special package ticket (so that one of us can ride with the kids if need be) and 2 children special package tickets but the ticketing staff informed us of a special promotion – 1 adult and 1 child special package ticket costs only 41000 so we got two instead. There is also an ice-skating rink inside Lotte World but you would need to get tickets separately. You can get 2000won off your ice-skating tickets if you show your Lotte World entrance tickets. Do remember to hold onto your tickets. You would be required to show your tickets before any rides.
|Our 1 day special pass for one adult and one child|
Once we walked up the escalator, the whole place opened up and so did the girls’ eyes and mouths. There were so many things going on at the same time – sky monorail, tea-cups, high flying balloons, parade – lots of sights and sounds to stimulate even the adults. The kids started giving directions, “Go here, go there!” The day was theirs so we let them take the lead – for once.
|And we started our exploration...|
|Theme of Lotte World when we were there - Fantasy Mask|
|Children who were there early in the queue were able to mingle with the performers|
|Cinnamon Churros to keep us moving|
|In the sky monorail. We had wanted to take the Sky Balloons too but they were under maintanance|
|Crossing the skybridge to Magical Island, an outdoor play area with castles!|
|Ferris Wheel at Kiddie Land|
|Children under the age of 6 need to be accompanied by parents|
|Next up, Kiddie Pirate Ship|
|The assistants were all very friendly and took great care to ensure that the kids were safely secured.|
|But what was happening over there?|
|It was Daddy on the Swing Tree|
|The girls were cheering because Daddy was so brave!|
|We spent a while just looking at the brave souls "go up and come down" (as put by the girls).|
I couldn't help but scream whenever they dropped.
|Next up, a train ride. A was happy to be the train driver.|
A number of the rides and admission are for older patrons so we kept to the safe kiddy rides. Admission into places like haunted house was not an option for us since we always watch what we put into our children. If you visit in winter, do note that not all rides are available, such as the Waikiki Wave. You wouldn't want to be in the winter cold riding the waves anyway. Even though it was cold in the Magical Island, the fun kept the cold at bay and we were able to enjoy ourselves thoroughly.
|The nonchalent faces in the beginning|
|Not anymore for Mummy. She was screaming throughout the drop. Daughter was brave throughout.|
|A concert to calm the nerves|
|Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz's team work displayed in the performance|
|Cute little carts could be seen everywhere around Lotte World, selling Lotty and Lorry accessorries.|
|All girls band|
|With lots of pattern organizations to go with it!|
|Girls love their horses|
|Waitresses entertaining the children while we placed orders for lunch|
|Children under 4 need to be accompanied by parents|
|Our Little Driver|
|Knocked out after the many hours of play. Shopping for groceries at Lotte Mall|
We checked out of Ibis Myeongdong that morning and checked into Novotel Gangnam which is nearer Jamsil. Lotte World has a hotel and they even have themed rooms for the children but as it was way of our budget, we chose another hotel. By the time we got to Novotel, everyone was drained and hungry. We opted for an early dinner so that everyone could have an early rest. 5 minutes from Novotel is a strip of restaurants known as the 'Gangnam Street', coined by the locals. It is just outside Exit 4 of Sinnonhyeon Station on Line 9. It was starting to get cold as night fell and we went into the first Korean barberque restaurant that we saw, just what we were looking for.
|Searching for restaurant|
|Sheltered and warm, and ready to eat!|
|Sweet sliced onions|
|Steamed egg, comes free with the basic set. You can order more at additional cost.|
|The best Kimchi Jigae we have eaten so far. We finished one in a jiffy and ordered another one. |
We had to stop ourselves from ordering the third one!
|Everyone was very hungry.|
|Here came the star for the dinner. A tong and a pair of scissors were provided. |
You can cut the meat into smaller pieces so that they can cook faster.
|Sizzling hot meat|
|Our table was so full of dishes that we had to use an empty table beside ours.|
|Thank you for such a lovely dinner. Miss the food already :p|
The dinner costed us 54000 and that included all drinks and extra bowls of rice. Refills of side dishes are free in Korea so we had our fill too. An excellent way to finish the night of fun and play.