What better place to spend Christmas Eve than the epicentre of family fun in Korea: Lotte World. The multilevel amusement park in the centre of the city, with its ice rink, outdoor and indoor roller coasters is going to require several trips and hundreds of dollars to explore and report thoroughly. Since we have a little guy, who is in love with the bispeckled penguin, we decided to venture into the depths of Lotte World and spend (sigh) even more money at Pororo Park. Surprisingly it was worth every penny.
How to get there: The easiest way to get to Pororo Park in Lotte World is to take the subway to Jamsil station and enter underground through Exit 4. Once, you’ve paid the fee to get in (see below for pricing), make your way to an elevator and go down to B3. Pororo Park is just outside the elevator.
Safety: I didn’t know what to expect from Pororo Park, and in fact I was a little nervous. This was the first time we’ve taken Logan to an indoor park since he has begun to walk. Concerns were generally over safety, entertainment and stuff to do. They were all put to rest. First, the entire indoor park is padded like a giant, colourful mental institution (and if you spent more than a couple of hours in Pororo Park, it might feel that way) so safety wasn’t a problem. My only concern was the bigger kids (ages 5 – 9) who were running around without any sort of control. Now, Logan is a pretty big baby, so I wasn’t overly concerned, but other parents might be. There are tons of staff around to monitor the children, but they are obviously limited in what they can and can’t do.
What to do at Pororo Park for Kids: Well, for the kids the options are plentiful. Logan loved the inflatable slide. We put him in there for about 15 minutes and he was having the time of his life. The room filled with balls (sounds nice doesn’t it?) was also a hit. There was a sand room, a music room and a room devoted to hammers and tools. Lots of stuff for the kids to do. There is a small Pororo ferris wheel inside as well which we didn’t go on because Logan was already in full Pororo hyper mode.
Food and Drink: Not too much sustenance in Pororo Park, but there are plenty of options outside of the park and around Lotte World including a TGIFs and a Mad for Garlic. However, if you are truly in the mood for some candy, there is a huge candy store in the middle of the park full of chocolates, lollipops and other various sugary delights for your kids to feast on. The sugar crash two hours later will be of epic proportions. Finally, there is a small cafe up on the second floor, where you can grab a quick coffee, Vitamin water or a banana. The menu is in Korean.
Staff: The staff at Pororo Park were very friendly and accommodating. They really looked out for the safety of the children. There were a couple of times when Logan was getting close to the big kids, and they staff stepped in to guide him away from the carnage. Also, they were playing with him and making his smile, which always makes a parent feel great.
Value: Bah, I hate paying double for a theme park. To get into Lotte World with the all-day pass was 46,000KRW. Pororo Park was an extra 13,000KRW for the three adults and Logan (1 year old). Logan’s ticket was 7,000KRW and our tickets were 2,000KRW each. That penguin must be rolling in bling. That said, Logan had the time of his life and was so happy to be there. That feeling of finding a cool place for your kid to play in, that feeling is priceless.
Admissions: There are several admission options. Choose the one that is best for your family and budget. A little observation we noticed; we bought the full day-pass ticket but not once did anyone ever check to see if we had the day-pass ticket or the admission ticket. We could have saved a little money if we bought the admission ticket.
Adults 46,000 won / Youth 40,000 won / Children 36,000 won / Infants 12,000 won
※Free admission and playing facilities to Adventure and Magic Island (game attractions excluded)
※Free museum entrance (admitted before 7 PM)
Day-Pass Ticket (after 16:00)
Adults 37,000 won / Youth 32,000 won / Children 28,000 won / Infants 12,000 won
Adults 31,000 won / Youth 28,000 won / Children 25,000 won
Admission Ticket (after 16:00)
Adults 26,000 won / Youth 23,000 won / Children 20,000 won
Admission Ticket (after 19:00)
Adults 17,000 won / Youth 15,000 won / Children 13,000 won
Who Should Visit Pororo Park: Based on my personal experience I would recommend this for kids from the ages of 1 – 5. Any kid older than five might not get much out of it. They would probably get bored pretty quickly and think it’s too “babyish”.
Who Should Avoid Pororo Park: This one will hit the wallet hard when you include the price of admission to Lotte World and also the admission to Pororo Park. A family of 4 and this is over 100,000KRW total. A cheaper alternative? Olympic Park is just down the way and is cheaper and outside!