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Autumn in Seoul [Part 5: A peek into Seoul’s famed theme parks]

Speaking of theme parks, I nearly forgot that in my recent travel to Seoul, I had the privilege to stumble upon two popular amusement centers while here. Though I’m blogging this a bit late, I want to make a recollection of my experiences here before the year 2011 ends.

This is because after all I am happy and blessed that God made this year a fruitful and meaningful year for me. Recounting one’s blessings and reminiscing God’s faithfulness and of faith goals delivered, I believe, is the best way to welcome 2012 and celebrate New Year.

Jen, who traveled with me to Seoul, and I visited COEX Aquarium, a popular attraction that is part of the COEX Mall, an underground shopping mall located in Gangnam-Gu. The mall itself is huge, housing two food courts, cinema complex bookstore and several museums such as the Kimchi Field Museum. It’s also adjacent to the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center.

COEX Mall food court

After a quick but sumptuous lunch at the food court, we headed off for the COEX Aquarium…

It’s unlike Ocean Park Hong Kong and Manila Ocean Park but this aquarium attraction has its own magical appeal. It has its own unique presentation of marine life and other land creatures unlike what I saw in Ocean Park HK, plus, a touch of Korean vibe.

a replica of the lotus pond at Gyeongbuk Palace

COEX Mall is situated in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu; just look up at your Seoul subway map and get off at Samseong station (Line 2, Green) if you want to get here.

Lotte World is a different story. When we found our way to this world-class  recreation center which was used as a setting of the Korean drama Stairway to Heaven, we had a little difficulty navigating this vast playground.

Check out spectacular views of the Magic Island via the monorail which interlinks the indoor and the outdoor park. There’s the Gyro drop, Gyro swing, Atlantis Adventure, Bump Car and other extreme rides available here. Check  out Seokcheon Lake too by riding the Swan boats by the water.

Looking at the facade of the castle made me think of Disneyland. In fact, much of Lotte World reminded us of that famous amusement center especially when we saw Lotte World’s official logo.

Indoors, Lotte World offers a wide, kid-friendly space which also boasts of fun and exciting rides.

To get here, look up again at Line 2 (the Green line) with your Seoul subway map and get off at Jamsil Station. Follow the trail signs that leads to the ticketing booth.

Oh! (sigh) how I absolutely wish I could turn back time. It was a short experience and left me craving for more. I sincerely wish that I can go back to Seoul and look at other sights we haven’t visited. If not next year, then there’s another year, and another year, and another year…

I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 😉

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