Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-yeop) brings Im Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) on an ice skating date here in episode 15 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21). [SPOILER] In final episode 16, Ju-kyung and Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo of ASTRO) watch Seo-jun’s debut performance at the Garden Stage.
Park Jin-gyeom (Joo Won) and Yoon Tae-yi (Kim Hee-sun) head to this theme park for a day out in episode 10 of Alice (Aelliseu/앨리스) (SBS, 2020). This is also where they both take the photo that she sees in the future, preceding Jin-gyeom’s death.
Lee Joo-hee (Joo Hae-eun) delivers food for Baek Jang-mi (Shin Do-hyun) to the amphitheater of the park surrounding the lake of this amusement park in episode 3 (full episode 2) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20). In the same time, Joo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) arrives at this spot, and gets in a quarrel with Joo-hee who is her student. In full episode 10, Joo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) and Lee Kang-woo (Ahn Jae-hyeon) visit this park on their first real date.
After their ice-skating date at Onemount [원마운트], Kim Jo-jo (Kim So-hyun) and Hwang Sun-O (Song Kang) walk along this amusement parks lake at night in episode 4 of Love Alarm (좋아하면 울리는) (Netflix, 2019).
Yoon Min-seok (Kim Min-gue) brings Min Ye-rin (Go Won-hee) and Jin-kyung (Jin-kyung) here in episode 8 (full episode 4) of Perfume/Peopyoom (퍼퓸) (KBS2, 2019), after he booked out the whole amusement park for them to have fun. Ye-rin rides the carousel with Jin-kyung, which made her flashback to the time they had an accident at another amusement park. After emerging from the ‘Tomb of Horror’, the trio are shocked to see Seo E-do (Shin Sung-rok) appear before them. The four eventually go on a roller coaster ride — of which its intensity knocks out E-do.
Ma Wang-joon (Hong Jong-hyun) proposed to Eom Da-da (Bang Min-ah) at this amusement park as seen in a flashback in episode 1 of Absolute Boyfriend (절대 그이) (SBS, 2019).
The friends of A-Teen 2/Eighteen (에이틴 2) (Playlist Studio, 2019) go on a group outing here in the prologue, and separately cross paths with two new students — Ryu Joo-ha (Bo-min from Golden Child) and Cho Young-in (Kim Min-ji).
Kang Mi-ri (Kim So-yeon) brings her niece Da-bin (Joo Ye-rim) here for an afternoon out in episode 10 of Mother of Mine/My Prettiest Daughter in the World (세상에서 제일 예쁜 내 딸) (KBS2, 2019). While Da-bin goes on the carousel, Mi-ri has a flashback of being abandoned by her birth mother. When she comes back to the present she realises that Da-bin had gone missing. She searches for her frantically and eventually finds her with an employee, crying her eyes out.
When princess Ari (Oh Ah-Rin) asks Empress Oh Sunny (Jang Na-ra) and the Emperor Lee Hyuk (Shin Sung-rok) for a ‘normal family date,’ the three of them come to this amusement park in episode 49 of The Last Empress/Empress’s Dignity (황후의 품격) (SBS, 2018-19) and Ari insists going into the ‘Tomb of Horror’ of this park just like what she has seen on television, much to the dismay of the emperor.
Gil O-sol (Kim You-jung) and Choi-gun (Song Jae-rim) come here to ice-skate in final episode 16 of Clean With Passion For Now (일단 뜨겁게 청소하라) (JTBC, 2018-19); it’s Choi-gun’s way of saying goodbye.
Cha Joo-hyuk (Ji Sung) and Seo Woo-jin (Han Ji-min) comes here in episode 15 of Familiar Wife (아는 와이프) (tvN, 2018) as Woo-jin has always wanted to be proposed to on a rollercoaster. To Woo-jin’s delight and Joo-hyuk’s discomfort, the rollercoaster proposal happens (twice); later, on the ground, she officially says yes to him for a second time.
In the episode 2 of The Universe’s Star/The Star of the Universe (우주의 별이), the first story of the mini-series/drama trilogy Three Colors of Fantasies (세가지 색 판타지) (MBC/Naver 2017), this is where Woo-joo (Su-ho) and Byul’s (Ji-woo) first date and first kiss took place.
Choi Soo-Ah (Kim Ha-Neul) goes here with her daughter right after she quit her job in episode 8 of On the Way to the Airport (공항 가는 길) (KBS2, 2016).
In Hyde, Jekyll & I (하이드 지킬, 나) (SBS, 2015), this theme park appears as ‘Wonder Land’, the amusement park that is directed by the Gu Seo-jin (Hyun Bin) who has dissociative identity disorder and sometimes becomes Robin and where Jang Ha-Na (Han Ji-min) works as the manager of a circus.
This amusement park is a central location in The Greatest Love/Best Love (최고의 사랑) (MBC, 2011). In episode 1, the variety show that Gu Ae-Jung (Gong Hyo-jin) takes part in films its episode at this park and her final challenge is to finish a bowl of ramyeon while taking a roller-coaster ride to be able to stay on the program. In episode 5, Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won) confesses his love to Gu Ae-Jung (Gong Hyo-jin) on Magic Island.
In Protect the Boss (보스를 지켜라) (SBS, 2011), Cha Ji-Hun (Ji Sung) and No Eun-Sul (Choi Kang-Hee) go here for business and later she tells him about her fond memories about the park.
Lee Jung-Woo (Kwon Sang-woo) and Yoon Hye-In (Soo-Ae) meet here by chance (?) for the first time in episode 1 of Athena: Goddess of War (아테나: 전쟁의 여신) (SBS, 2010).
This amusement park appears as Cha Song-Joo (Kwon Sang-woo) and Han Jung-seo (Choi Ji-woo) secret garden/meeting place in Stairway to Heaven (천국의 계단) (SBS, 2003-04). In episode 1, for instance, they young Song-joo (Baek Sung-hyun) and Jung-seo (Park Shin-hye) meet up here before he leaves to the United States and in episode 12, both of them come here as adults after his engagement to Han Yu-ri (Kim Tae-hee) and he basically proposes her to become his best friend, i.e. lover.
Yoon Ho-jung (Chae Rim) falls in love for the first time with Gun-u on the ice-rink of this park as a child in episode 1 of We Are Dating Now (지금은 연애중) (SBS, 2002). Later as an adult (in episode 5), she works part-time here and Choi Kyo-in (So Ji-sub) comes to visit (for whom she buys a scarf) while Su-ji Kang (Lee Ui-Jeong) and Ho-jae Yun (Kwon Sang-Woo) come here on their date in the same episode. In episode 10, Chae-Rim is back here on the ice-rink with her first love Gun-u that she has met again in the meantime.
Lee Sun-jae (Ryu Si-won) brings Kim Yun-soo (Choi Ji-woo) here in episode 7 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001) so that she can see her ‘sister’ Kim Se-na (Lee Jung-hyun) perform on stage for the first time and he can spend time with Yun-soo (he has even prepared a picnic in secret that they share at this park).
Lee Ja-young (Choi Ji-woo) and Jung Hyun-woo (Ryu Shi-won) come ice-skating here on their date in episode 5 of Truth/Honesty (진실) (MBC, 2000).
Also seen in Glorious Day (기분 좋은날) (SBS, 2014, episode 43), One Fine Day (어느 멋진 날/어느 멋진날) (MBC, 2006); Rules of Love (이별에 대처하는 우리의 자세) (MBC, 2005); in episode 8 of She Is Nineteen/My Sister-in-Law is 19/My 19 Year Old Sister-in-Law (형수님은 열아홉) (SBS, 2004).
— Baekhyun (백현)’s (2020) “Amusement Park (놀이공원) Live Video” was filmed here.
VARIETY SHOW filmed here
Episode 76 of YouTube series Workman [워크맨] (Lululala, 2019-present) was filmed here, where guest host Bibi experienced what it’s like to work as an ice-skating rink employee.
Lotte World [롯데월드] is an entertainment complex, operated by Lotte Group (hence its name) since 1989. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Jamsil 3(sam)-dong [잠실3동] in the Songpa District [Songpa-gu/송파구].
The park is divided into two parts: indoor area Lotte World Adventure — which holds the Guinness record for being the largest indoor theme park worldwide — that stretches across four floors; and the outdoor artificial island ‘Magic Island’ that sits in the middle of the Seokchonhosu Lake [석촌호수 서호]; also called Seokchon Lake [석촌호수]. According to Naoko Abe’s book ‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms (cf. appendix, p. 316), this lake is one of the most popular places all over the world for cherry blossom viewing.
Some of the attractions seen in K-dramas include:
- Merry-go-round Camelot Carousel — located on 1F, Lotte World Adventure
- Tomb of Horror — located on 1F, Lotte World Adventure
- Rollercoaster ride featured in Familiar Wife and Perfume: French Revolution — located on 2F, Lotte World Adventure
- Lotte World Ice Rink [롯데월드 아이스링크] — located on B3F, open all year round
In 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism –announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)– selected Lotte World as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2019-2020. In 2021, it was again selected to figure among the Top 100 Must-Visit locations for the years 2021-22.
240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 3(sam)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 240
Geolocation: 37.511214, 127.097909
Geolocation of Love With Flaws scene: 37.507141, 127.097984
Jamsil Station [잠실역], Seoul Subway Line 2 & 8, Exit 3 or 4
— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Florence, June 2018
— Universe’s Star; Baekhyun’s MV added by Chelle
— Familiar Wife, Mother of Mine, A-Teen 2, Perfume, Alice, Workman, True Beauty added by Mich KDL
— The Last Princess added by deanekitty29