Today I’ll share about my seven days trip to Korea, back in mid-December 2014, and this post is becoming my milestone in my journey to become travel blogger, that’s why I titled this post
“What I love Became My Life”
Since this is my first time went to Korea, and I went there with my family (Mother, and sisters), I decided to use a tour agent. It’s a five days practical city tour with 21 people on it. In this tour, we will explore not only Seoul but also the Name Nara Republic.
The first-day schedule would be Visit Lotte World in Songpa-Gu, South Korea ( ± 1 hour travel time from Incheon)
Lotte world is a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea. It consists of the world’s largest indoor theme park, an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, and so on.
Lotte World opens all year long without holidays. Its hours of operation:
- Monday -Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Friday – Sunday : 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The price of admission tickets for Lotte World varies with different age groups.
- Adults (18 years +) : 44,000 Won / 41 USD
- Teenagers (13 -17 years) : 38,000 Won / 36 USD
- Children (3 -12 years) : 34,000 Won / 32 USD
- Toodlers (12 months – 2 years) :11,000 Won / 10 USD
Lotte World also offers what is called, “late admission tickets” (approximately 75% of the price of the regular admission tickets.), which are admission tickets purchased after 04:00 p.m. There is also a 50% discount for US military personnel.
Inside the Lotte World, it was shaped like a huge dome with super high ceilings; it feels like a visited Jurassic Park.
I got a daily pass that valid only for three rides from my tour. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy it at first because firstly I never really like a theme park (I had a bad experience with it), and secondly I was super tired, sleepy and hungry. But since I’ve already here, why not give it a try right ?! after several rides and attraction, especially after riding the giant loop, my eyes are wide open and I’m quite excited to explore more.
Finally, Lunch Time is calling !! If you are visiting Korea, It’s mandatory to eat Bibimbap. so I decided to have “Dolsot Bibimbap” for my lunch. The word “Dolsot” means “stone pot” and “Bibimbap” means “Mixed Rice”, so it’s a warm white rice topped with “Namul” (Sauteed and seasoned vegetable) and “Gochujang” (Korean chilli paper paste), served on the top of a hot stone bowl. You could add egg and sliced meat to your Bibimbap if you want.
After that all I do is just strolling around and try some snacks there, I’ve already tried three rides. The next thing we know it’s already 17:00 p.m. It’s time to gather with other tours members in the main entrance, walk to the bus, and had our dinner.
We are having “Samgyetang” for dinner in “Nonhyeon Samgyetang” (409, Baekjegobun-ro, Songpa-gu | Cheonma Building, Seoul, South Korea).
From Word “Insam” that means “Ginseng”, “Gye” that means “Chicken” and “Tang” that means “Soup”, Samgyetang is simply a chicken ginseng soup. It consists primarily of a whole young chicken, filled with garlic, rice, scallion and spices (jujube and Korean ginseng).
It tastes perfectly plain, so you may want to add some salt and paper. It’s a super healthy food because of its ginseng, so make sure you eat its ginseng. It also helps to energise your body. It’s not my favourite food tho:-/.
Before I closed today’s post, Here’s some Tips & Tricks for you who planning to visit Korea:
- Korea has four seasons, and December would be Winter. It’s Quite cold here so if you don’t have any ideas what to bring with you, you might want to check my previous post about what to wear in icy cold Korea weather.
- You could easily access Lotte world from Jamsil Station, on line 2 and line 8 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway and SMRT (You need the SMRT card to use this public transportation).
- I recommend you to try the Giant Loop, Aeronauts Ballon Ride, 4D Shooting Theater, and The Wild Tours if you visited this place.
- If you are planning to do the Korea trip “solo” but didn’t have any idea where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, this web might be helpful for you. You could find a detail information about accommodation, event/festivals, attractions, food, etc. in Korea, so it might give you some clue about where to visit, when, and what to expect.
- In this trip I stayed at “The Summit Hotel” (31-7, Jangchung-Dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea) It’s quite excellent place to stay, so maybe you want to check it if you couldn’t decide where you want to stay.