Monday, July 28, 2014

Travelogue Day 2: 안녕하세요 Seoul! Lotteworld and Myeongdong!

The day where i finally visit one of the famous theme parks in Korea! I remember watching one of the first few episodes of Running Man (2 years ago?) and they had this night episode filmed at Lotte World - the world's largest indoor theme park! I told myself i must visit this theme park one day and it's finally part of my itinerary for my 3rd trip to Korea! Honestly speaking, i'm not a huge fan of theme park rides due to my phobia of height but then again, stepping into a theme park makes me feel really happy, it's like stepping into another world, LOL The feeling is like going to Disneyland for the very first time and everything seem so magical. Before that, read Day 1 post at this LINK here if you haven't! :D
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Had the usual breakfast but this time along with a small packet of Apple juice that cost only 200 won! If you convert it to SGD, it cost only 25 cents! It has this huge "Picnic" word outside and i'm guessing it for those school kids to bring on their excursions. Cute packaging and the size is just nice! Confirm can finish at one go, don't have to carry it around
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Lotte World is directly connected to Jamsil Station 잠실역 (Subway Line 2 & 8) Very accessible and lesser time needed to travel compared to the Faraway Everland. (which took us about 2 hours!) Took me about 25 mins from Myeondong...
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Passed by this replicate version of Trevi Fountain. Original one is in Rome, Italy.

Upon getting off Jamsil Station, there will be signages leading you to the theme park, just follow them and you should be able to get to the ticketing/ entrance of the theme park. Actually "Lotte World" is the name of the whole complex and it consist of the indoor and outdoor theme park, malls, a hotel, folk museum, sports facilities and movie theaters. 
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On your way to the indoor theme park entrance, you will pass by this row of ticketing machines where you can get your tickets beforehand to avoid the queue at the ticketing counter. Just select language, choose pass and pay accordingly.

Lotteworld is open all year round from Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 11pm. Thing to note is that there are 3 types of tickets. There is the "Full Day Passport" (46,000 won for adults) where you get to enjoy all the rides throughout the whole theme park, both in and outdoor and it includes admission to the Folk museum) There is also the "admission only" ticket (31,000 won for adults) where you just enter but can't take any rides" and lastly, the "after 4pm" tickets where you get a discounted rate if you enter the park after 4pm (37,000 won for all rides passport, 26,000 won for admission)

Refer to this LINK for more info. 
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Upon entering the theme park, you will be greeted by this huge ice skating rink which is also South Korea's largest ice skating rink. You will normally see those little kids training at the centre of the rink with their coaches then the noobs, i mean amateurs will take the outer part of the rink foe leisure skating. Like abit stress with all the pros there, LOLOLOL
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#firstletmetakeaselfie before anything else. HAHA
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With the 2 mascots of Lotte World, Lotty and Lorry! Are they squirrels? Or Racoons? Or Mouse? 我真的不懂.
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Not ready to start the day with exhilarating rides so we went to the "Fantasy Forest" to see animals and insects, HAHHAHA This attraction is also Korea's largest indoor nature explorers' center. Got animals, fishes, insects and more!
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I'M INSIDE LOTTE WORLD!!! #happyboy89
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One of the indoor rides - Giant Loop" It's like you sit in this roller coaster train and it will keep going 360 degrees round and round so at some point you will be totally upside down. Never try cos it was closed for the day. Heng ah. LOLOLOL
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Just nice after we arrived, it was almost time for the Fantasy Parade which happens twice a day! I think it's quite common for theme park to have this kind of Parade where everyone just stand long the sides of the route and watch the floating cars passed by and dancers dancing to the music. Quite happening and it's like everyone is so happy! Woohoooo!
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Pirate ship! Every time i take such rides, i get this uneasy feeling in my tummy. Eww
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Inside the indoor theme park, there is also the Marvelous Art Museum which is like the trick eye museum! The variety is not as much but still, it was quite fun posing with all the art works! Since it's part of the theme park and free, why not!
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Was feeling a bit hungry (forgot about lunch again!) so i got myself a Popcorn chicken and drink combo from one of their stores inside the theme park! The way they combine the snack holder and cup is ingenious, you only have to hold the cup instead of 2 separate things, very thoughtful for theme park go-ers. Not very expensive also, 4000 won which is $5?
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Found a fast food place for lunch at the basement - "Ogre's Factory" Had their chicken burger set and additional order of Cheese sticks! Almost done with the indoor attractions and it's time to step out to the outdoor "Magic Island"! (Apparently the indoor theme park is called "Adventure") Honestly, there is nothing much in the indoor theme park...
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Once you step out of the indoor theme park, there will be a bridge which leads to a castle and that's where all the outdoor rides are located! Totally feels like i'm in Disneyland because of the castle. You see the photo below! HAHAHA
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Felt that the indoor theme park was pretty boring but once i stepped out, in my mind i was like, "so this is where all the exciting rides are!" There are several scary ones which i will never try such as the "Gyro Swing" and the "Gyro Spin" The way they spin is oh my tians. I feel that if i were to take any of those rides, that's it for my day at Lotte world because i will be feeling dizzy and nauseous for the rest of the day, HAHHAHAHA The Atlantis roller coaster was not bad though!

There wasn't much of a queue that day for all rides, at the very most we waiting for 15 mins or less. I remember me and don went into the entrance of one ride called the "Comet Express" without knowing it was actually a indoor roller coaster -__- and the main highlight of the ride was... the seats were able to spin freely throughout the ride. Oh my tians. The seats just spun round and round through the ups and downs of the roller coaster and you have no idea of the direction because the whole place was dark. Come to think of it, it was actually quite fun! Would i go again? Maybe not.
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Attempted the vertical bungee drop! Quite scary when it suddenly shoot all the way up and without the warning, just drop all the way down. There is a taller version of it - "Gyro drop" at 70m high and 100km/ hr but was under renovation.
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Super shiok to be standing infront of these dry fog machine which helps to cool you down.
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Attempted most of the outdoor rides and went back indoor to get my flavoured ice!
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Decided to take this "hot air balloon" ride before we end the day at Lotte World. Basically you board this "hot air balloon", get lifted off to the ceiling and it brings you around the indoor theme park. Need to stand throughout the ride.
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Totally didn't expect the queue to be so long. Queued for about 25 mins? #camwhore
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Bird's eye view of the indoor "adventure" theme park.
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At 7pm, there was a KPOP musical show at the Garden Stage which was pretty interesting as they dance to the latest KPOP songs from Big Bang, 2NE1 etc. It's like high school musical but in Korean. But the funny thing is, the dancers are mostly ang mos (you won't be able to see from the photos above), so weird looking at them lip syncing to Korean songs!
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Soon it was getting dark and all the indoor lighting of the theme park was turned on, exactly like what i watched on Running Man! Feels so magical and enchanted. The last ride of the day was this beautiful carousel which we spent 3/4 of the time camwhoring. Anyway, we were not the only ones camwhor-ing lor, a lot others were doing the same too! :D
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Passed by Krispy Kreme on the way out and decided to grab a few donuts before taking the train back to Myeondong. I love the original Krispy Kreme donuts more than the flavoured ones! I swear i can finish a dozen on my own! 맛있어요
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Went back to Myeondong to search for place to have late dinner. As it was getting late, the stores were already starting to pack up. I realised Myeondong closes quite early at about 10 plus 11. It was raining heavily that night. So coldddd~
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My Cheong Songyi and Doo MinJoo endorsing some facial brands!!! The Koreans are still crazy over the drama even though it has been a while since the show ended. In fact, during the period when i was in Seoul, there was a special exhibition at Dongdaemun that features the drama and re-constructed house of Cheong Songyi and Doo Minjoo, exactly the same as you watch in the drama! Didn't get to go for the exhibition though. I was the only one interested in it, LOL
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Had fried chicken for late dinner/ supper near our hostel. The place was crowded with people taking away and having their supper in-house as well at such late timings. This shows how popular Fried chicken and beer is in Korea! 맛있어요
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This marks the end of the Day 2 post! The next day would be another day of roaming around Seoul. Not going to Everland as i felt that going to theme parks 2 days in a row would be too much of an adrenaline rush and we were already quite tired spending the entire day at Lotte World so we are resting for 1 day and Everland would be on Day 4! 

Now that's one theme park down, one more to go!

안녕히 가세요!