Hehe, I remember one time when I was at the dressing area while hubby was taking a shower. I accidentally hit the 'curtain up' button and the blinds started to slowly rise up! The poor guy was caught by surprise and yelled out for my help. I got even more panicky and ( my old fingers wouldn’t listen to my brain) started hitting other 'up' buttons too by mistakes. Typical case of design and practicality doesn’t go hand in hand, eh? Now, please don’t even ask me how to navigate a TV remote control. I am always so scared to hit the wrong button that the hotel will start charging me for those pay-per-view movies. Worse, what if it is one of those 'adult' movies, then I really have to wrap a towel over my head when I check out! Hehe, enough nonsense .... ok, onto Day 2 :
As this is a trip for the whole family (not just to fulfill my obvious desire to see BYJ country), Lotte World was my top priority so my son could enjoy too. You probably recognize this amusement complex served as the background for many famous drama (Stairways To Heaven, Full House) and CFs (LG card). It is directly above the Jamsil subway station and contains an amusement park, sports center, hotel and shopping.
Since it’s very close to our hotel, we felt it’s the best chance to explore Seoul subway. What mistakes could we possibly make with a straight subway line and 2 stations away? After all, we conquer the cobwebbed tangles of the Tokyo subway system, how challenging can other cities' pose to us anymore? Yes, the Seoul subway lines are simpler, the signs are clearer, the cars are newer BUT omigosh, those stairs! (bb and Camille have warned me before) Lots and lots of stairs and not one single escalator in sight!
Instead of buying the tickets at the machines, most people (like us) line up in a long queue to 1 single ticket booth. Every time I (yes, me! For some strange reasons, hubby and son automatically assume that I know Korean and have loaded this glorious privilege of ‘family spokesperson’ on my shoulder!) had to shout out real loud to the ajussi behind the window ”ANNAEHAYSEO! 2 ADULTS, 1 CHILD, JAMSIL”.
Then ajussi would give me this grudging look “HUH?”, so I repeated even LOUDER, loud enough to pierce his eardrums.
Yes, it worked, he threw me 3 tickets. “KUMSUMPHAMNIDA!”, another successful transaction, amen! Hehe, but all these works were worth it, look at what I saw coming out of the station @@ While this silly woman was swooning over HRH's beautiful face inch by inch, other passersby must have thought that I was nuts!
Outside of Lotte department store, it seems like Koreans love the street stalls concept. They are everywhere, in the subway, on the streets. One ajussi was even selling shoes' insoles walking up and down the subway cars, hehe, he sure is a lifesaver to those feet in pain :)
The entrance to Lotte World is on the 2nd floor of the shopping mall
The Adventure Indoor theme park is on the 3rd floor only. But what a humongous 3rd floor! It also leads to the amazing Folk Museum and the fabulous Magic Island outside.
Ha, just in time for this very entertaining show - broadway, pirates, Egyptians, you name it ... they merge them all in one show. You know how these theme parks work :)
Ah, this famous carousel in 'Stairway To Heaven' with Choi Ji Woo and Kwon Sang Woo.
If you have watched 'Full House', this is the skating rink where Rain was romancing Song Hye Kyo. Did our BYJ and LYA shoot the LG card CF here too?
Hehe taking a break at Lotteria, noticed Sujini's Lotte TV CF at the cashier counter :)
The bridege leading to the outdoor Magic Island. This castle resembles the Cinderella castle in Disney Fantasyland, right?
The sky suddenly turned very dark and the rainstorm was approaching, we hurriedly walked back inside. I guess it also caught Lotte World off guard too, the indoor park was pitch dark!
Haha, now we had nowhere to go but the historical Folk Museum. It doesn't sound too fun eh, when your purpose here was for the thrill rides and magical adventures, isn't it? But are we in for a nice surprise. Leaving the bustling crowds and squealing noises behind, we entered into a tranquil and fascinating passage back in time. The Historical Exhibition in this vast museum displays the cultures of the Goguryeo, Shilla and Baekjae Kingdoms (hehe, are you thinking about TWSSG?). There are life-sized structures and figures from the royal throne to the commoners, very educational
Inside the Miniature Village, the lifestyle of royalty in Chosun castle, as well as peasant life are vividly reproduced in miniature scale models. The details are so fine that every figure has its own movement and facial expression! And there must be thousands of them here. look at the size of these models
And there are hundreds of these displays!
Hehe, do these noble men in black horse hair hats remind you of someone in Untold Scandal?
Too bad nobody was there to appreciate it, see how deserted this museum was :( All the kids were outside doing Bungee Drop or Gyro Swing! The poor ajumma from the museum souvenir shop told me she was feeling so lonely all by herself and kept pulling me (literally) over to talk to her! That's the time when I felt Koreans can be very hospitalable and warm.
Honestly, I feel my biggest reward of this visit is the Folk Museum. It is really a hidden gem and is worth every penny of the admission. As for Lotte World, well, a theme park is a theme park. It's beautifully decorated and very clean, I am sure it feels as magical to a child as this museum is to me :)