korea – day7 – LotteWorld

April 13, 2008 – 1:16 pm

as i noted in the previous post, we took my cousin’s kids to Lotte World. first let me explain what Lotte World is. it’s an amusement park inside and extremely large mall. (the mall of america also has some “theme parks” but I’ve never been, so i don’t know what the comparison is) it’s been around since ’89, and each time i go to korea, i end up there at least once each trip. the park itself isn’t that great, but it’s got some cool stuff, like an indoor roller coaster, that’s actually not a bad ride (just don’t wear any earrings). there’s also an outdoor part of the park as well that has some larger rides that couldn’t fit indoors.

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it took a while to get moving, but once we got to the park, the girls were ecstatic. they were all fighting for joseph’s hands again. (i felt left out =P) but eventually one realized that i was lonely, and joseph only has 2 hands, i would do. so my favorite of the three is #3. as part of the kid entrance fee, were these free face masks:

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these girls aren’t afraid of much. they rode on whatever rides they could. in particular this “frog” ride that basically bounced them up and down. they got on at least 3 times. they also liked the child version of the viking. at first i thought the ride looked lame, but after watching it, it went pretty high for a kiddie ride.

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i think joseph had more fun than i did with the girls. i think it was one of the highlights of the trip for him. at one point, my cousin’s wife and i went on a ride together by ourselves. the non-english speaking kids were left alone with joseph. they’re all still alive, so i’m guessing it went ok =P

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throughout the park there were some “interesting” foods. peanut roasted dried squid isn’t readily available at disney world, but it definitely is at lotte world. joseph didn’t want to try it, and i wasn’t interested in eating a package by myself so we moved on and saw a few of these “steff hotdog” stands. steph’s favorite i’m sure!

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joseph mentioned a little bit about lunch, but here it is again. joseph and i had the pork cutlet with omurice (fried rice wrapped in an egg omlet). as with most amusement park food, it’s mediocre at best, but it was a decent price which was nice. the girls got a bastardized version of spaghetti. over cooked pasta, and some too sweet sauce, but they enjoyed it.

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some pictures of my favorite of the three :) in the last one, #3 bought herself and the other girls, some dippin dots icecream. these kids get money from various friends and family as they see them. so no use in providing an allowance, just take them to family members or around church for some free money =P

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the girls had to leave at around 5pm to go to a butterfly exhibit, and then get home, so joseph and i were left at the park to try to finish riding some of the other rides. but since it was later in the day, it was difficult to finish riding when the lines were so long and we didn’t want to go home too late.

for those of you into korean dramas, lotte world is also the place where they taped some of the scenes for “stairway to heaven” (천국의 계단).

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before we went home, we decided to try to get some dinner. after walking around the mall for a bit, we ran into this budaejigae (부대 지개) place. it was pretty good. for $10, we had fast and generous meal. i think i would’ve liked it a bit spicier, but the hotdogs, spam, ground meat, and  rice cakes were the best part of the jigae.

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