The QiRanger Adventures

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Look where I went Saturday!!!!!

While it may look a lot like Disneyland, I am sorry to say that I did manage to stay in Korea. This is the outdoor adventure arena portion of Lotte World. According to Wikipedia, “Lotte Group consists of over 50 business units employing 38,000 people engaged in such diverse industries as candy manufacturing, beverages, hotels, fast food, retail, financial services, heavy chemicals, electronics, IT, construction, publishing, and entertainment. Lotte has major operations in Japan where its head office is located, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, USA, and Russia and continues to expand. Today, Lotte is the largest candy / chewing gum manufacturer in both Japan and South Korea, and is South Korea’s 5th largest conglomerate.”



I really don’t have a hard believing the entry, as you see Lotte everywhere. But as fun and enticing as the outdoor area is, our rag-tag group of teachers were not there to ride the rides. Nor were we there to go ice skating or eat at many of the fun restaurants locate beneath the main floor. But before I disclose what we were there for, let me just say, that I was quite impressed with the way everything came together. After going to Disneyland/world for so many years, I’ve grown accustomed to the way that they do things. While Lotte World does make an effort to match Disney in many ways, there are many welcomed changes to the way they decorate and offerings they have for patrons.

These additional items of things to do include a full-scale multiplex, bowling alley, full-sized ice rink (including areas for artistic skating and speed skating), and the unique addition of a shooting range.

Let me say that again… shooting range.

This is what brought us to Lotte World today. The opportunity to shoot some firearms. Only one of the teachers had been there before and it was his last weekend in Korea, so we decided to take him out for one last party. This was stop number one.

Lotte World Shooting Range

Lotte World Shooting Range

The range is located deep below the entrance to Lotte World and is quite cheap. Shooting on the range is W20,000 to W30,000 for 10 rounds of ammunition. While the other teachers opted for the cheaper .38 and 9mm handguns, I immediately saw something that caught my eye… the .45.

It has probably been a good 20 years since I last shot a fire arm, but I will confess, that I was quite good with a .22 rifle. Shooting a hand gun is a bit different and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was definitely game. The first thing I noticed was how light the weapon fealt. It surprised me. The range marshal gave me some quick instructions and had me squeeze off a practice shot without any ammunition loaded. Then it was time for the real thing.

Being used to shooting rifles, I put the pistol sights where I would if I was shooting the .22 and found that I greatly over compensated. I was high and to the right, but still managing to keep it in the 7 point scoring range. The kick from the gun was also more than I expected and was so violent that it threw off the safety chains attached to the gun (to ensure that someone doesn’t do anything crazy). Ready to go again, I took aim… I was a little bit low and to the left… but in the 9 point range. I dialed it in and blew away the bull’s eye. Overall I had a good grouping and walked away with a score of 87, the best of our shooting group.

We then proceeded to the arcade for a round of driving games and a battle on Dance Dance Revolution, or as it is called here in Korea, Pump. It was not pretty.

Hit the Tables Baby!

Hit the Tables Baby!

Then it was time for stop number two… the Coex Mall. Not to go shopping, but for more gaming! That’s right, it was Casino time! This is a casino like non other I have been in. Meaning that you must show ID to enter the premises, because Koreans are no allowed to gamble in their own country. There were a wide variety of table games… well that’s a lie. Half the tables were black jack and the other half were baccarat. A few of the tables were set aside for variations of 3 card poker, but that was it. Oh, and they had two roulette tables. The cheapest black jack table was W5,000, which is what most people wanted to play, but there were only 6 seats. Some of the players were also playing two hands. In Vegas, if there’s waiting, they usually don’t let you play two hands. I guess that act of kindness hasn’t made its way to Korea yet.

I’m a Pai Gow Poker or Craps man, so my game wasn’t present, so I opted to play some video poker. In an instant my W10,000 was gone. I switched machines and popped in another W10,000 bill… and hit a full house. The payout was W50,000. I decided to take it as an omen and walk away at that point since I really didn’t want to gamble. I opted to head to the bar and enjoy my free drink.

After a couple of hours there, it was time to head out to our dinner reservation at Carne Station.

Carne Station

Carne Station

I’ve mentioned Korean Barbecue before… and this is the ultimate Korean Barbecue experience. For W25,000 you arrive at your reserved time and can eat all you want for 2 hours. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s also all-you-can drink. This includes beer, wine, soju, whiskey, tequila, rum, etc. For what you’d spend in an hour for mixed drinks at a bar, you can drink yourself stupid (and many do), but at the same time have available to you a wide selection of meats, pastas, breads, and seafood. There’s even soft serve ice cream. The meat was fantastic and we certainly ate our fill.

All in all, it was a great evening!

I hope you’re having a great day as well.



Written by Steve Miller

November 23, 2008 at 9:38 am

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  1. I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

    Jesse Goodin

    November 23, 2008 at 10:00 am

  2. So that’s where you went! I went to a firing range 20 years ago with bro..who said that his boss couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn! Does that tell you where we’re from?? LOL… Anyways, the BBQ..yummy… we have that here in JP too..but nothing beats the Korean-style bbq! Hope you’re not paying for it with all those help-yourself drinks from yesterday!


    November 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm

  3. Hey, nice positioning of the first picture…looked like Disneyland for a second there. : )
    Awesome on getting the highest score at the shooting range!
    I didn’t know you played the Dance Revo! I won’t go near it except to watch. : )


    November 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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