We decided to travel free & easy and DIY our trip in Seoul because we are travelling with kids and we don’t want to be restricted by time schedule. I allow my hubby and our kids to sleep in though our 10-months old is an early riser like me. We also think we can save by planning the trip ourselves and heavily research every aspects of the trip. I bought most of the tickets ahead of time for entrances in several places we are going to in Seoul through Klook.
We didn’t get the accommodations with breakfast so in the morning, I went to Starbucks in Insadong to buy our breakfast and some coffee.
We are going to Lotte World for the day. Lotte World is a large indoor theme park inside of a big mall. They also have an outdoor theme park called the “Magic Island”. We opted for Lotte World instead of Everland, another theme park in the outskirts of Seoul, because it’s winter time. Everland can be too cold for the kids. Lotte World is perfect for young kids and it would shelter the kids from the cold weather.
Going to Lotte World, we took the Jonggak Station, which is very near our hotel, to Jamsil Station. The changing of MRT line station got a bit tricky, we were temporary lost and may have ridden the wrong train in one of the swift. But we soon figure out how and we eventually reached Jamsil Station.
The Lotte World ticket cost 52,000 KRW. I got our tickets for 41 SGD. Since our kids are below 3 years old, they have a free pass. Yey, haha!
I presented my Klook Lotte World ticket voucher at the South End gate to get our entrance ticket. We arrived just in time for the Lotte World Parade! It was a very colorful parades with princesses, pretty belly dancers, big intricate floats and a catchy song. It was quite entertaining to watch. We got an ice cream churros to eat while watching the parade. I didn’t like the ice cream churros that much though.
Lotte World indoor theme park has 4 floors and a large skating rink in Basement 3. We roam around the Lotte World to rides that the kids can try and find those rides with shorter queues.
Of course, Naj accompanied by his dad queued up for the Bumper Cars. He loved it so much! Too bad it was over too soon.
We went to Kidstoria and it is the perfect place if you have little kids. You go inside barefoot, so they give you a hotel-thin slippers and a bag for you to put your shoes. The place is a fairy tale land which characters and scenes from familiar storybook stories is lifelike in its large firm foam resemblance. There was the Alice in the Wonderland, Aladdin, Cinderella’s castle and many more. Naj and Fynn enjoyed exploring the place. I didn’t mind Fynn crawling around because everything was in firm foam. But there seem to be a time limit for our stay because when time was up, bell rung and we all have to go out. The disadvantage inside the Lotty’s Kidstoria is that there are no toilet for adults only for little kids. So if I have to go to the ladies’ room, I need to go out, wear my shoes, come back and change again.
We also rode on the Lotty Train that goes around the 1st Floor of Lotte World. My two babies enjoyed it a lot.
We were famished by noontime and we were searching for a place to eat. There are several choices to eat. We serendipitously chose Mr. Pork. We glad we did because we were satisfied with our bento Korean meals. Naj like the soup that came along with it.
We rode the Aeronauts Balloon Ride. It is a ride in a balloon spans that goes around the indoor park. It allows us to view Lotte World from high above. We also rode the World Monorail, a cool ride that zooms around Lotte World as well. J also tried driving on of the simulated trucks. It didn’t look easy at all.
We decided to brave the cold outside and checked out the Magic Island. There was a beautiful lighted castle, perfect for a photo op. We couldn’t get a decent family photo though, haha, using our trusty selfie stick.
We rode a kiddie train in Magic Island and my hubby took the chance of trying the Gyro Drop. It is one of the popular theme park attraction using goggles to give a simulation of a futuristic landscape during the elevation sequence.
We are satisfied with our Lotte World adventure, though I know we haven’t really maximize all the rides and attraction, but maybe next time when we come back. We stopped by the Lotte Mart to buy some Korean snacks and beverages before we headed home.