Cosmos flowers paradise at Guri Hangang River Citizen Park

For a few more days still, the weather remains very mild and the Autumn colors absolutely gorgeous… The best time to head East of Seoul to the neighbouring town of Guri. On the Northern bank of Han river, come run and take family pictures amid huge beautiful fields of Cosmos flowers

Fields of cosmos flowers in Fall, Seoul, Guri Citizen's Hangang River Park

Eastbound past the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel, you may connect to the Achasan mountain park and the blacksmith village if you’re in a mood for hiking. But if you just want to relax on a park’s lawn, have a picnic or get a glimpse at the thousands cosmos flowers in full bloom, then just keep going along the Han river for a couple of kilometres more.

Until early November, you may still enjoy a variety of autumn flowers in full bloom. There are a dozen different garden areas or fields seeded with beautiful purple-pink-and-white cosmos flowers, sunflowers or eulalia golden grass. You may also find a pumpkin alley, small wooden observation huts, a couple of step-stone bridges over a gentle stream, sport fields and more.

This is also Heaven for bike-riders with dedicated bike lanes running along the Han river and connecting to the other Hangang park sections.

We visited on a sunny yet a bit windy Sunday and had great fun watching a few local Ajeoshis manoeuvring with great skills their beautiful kites. Don’t miss this on a Sunday afternoon.

Directions:
Drive East on the Gangbyeon expressway, Past Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel – Exit “Guri Hangang Flower Park”
829 Topyeong-dong, Guri-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 구리시 토평동 829
Tel. 031-550-2107

For localisation, check Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Parking fee: 3,000 KRW fixed.

Admissions: No entrance fee like all other Hangang River Park sections. 

Autumn in Seoul, Guri Citizen's Hangang River Park

More about Hangang River Park sections: Yeouido, Gwangnaru, Oksu to Seoul Forest bike riding.

Farmer for a day at Jinju Farm

A fun farming experience for the whole family at the beautiful Jinju Farm, nested West of Suwon. Book the Farm Experience program to enjoy a comprehensive immersion into farming life. Unforgettable for both kids and parents!

Jinju Farm, Korea

We had already visited the surrounding Ansan area and even stopped by Jinju farm once before. However we wanted to come back during the beautiful Autumn season and enjoy the full array of activities offered by the farm’s management. Lucky we were… as we truly had a blast! The program is a bit pricey yet worth it as we all enjoyed a day full of attractions and our kids couldn’t be happier.

The experience started with a short introduction about Jinju farm and the program schedule. We then jumped on a big tractor for a tour of the facilities, stables, barns and orchards.

This was followed by four consecutive stations.

Station 1. Feeding and milking the cows ^^: in the main barn, kids will love to feed and pet the cows. Right after, the Farm’s team might show you how to milk a cow… and then it’s your turn if you dare!

Station 2. String-Cheese making: you will also be guided by the nice Farm’s team members on how to produce yummy string cheese. This was a fun hands-on experience where we had to work out the raw cheese with a few easy-to-follow steps. And don’t worry: the kind farm’s helpers will always assist you and help children to make sure your cheese production will be good enough! Not only was it fun but we also made, baked and ate a delicious pizza using our self-made cheese.

Station 3. Ice cream making: the tour continued with another dairy production workshop. This time we made real ice-cream right from the fresh milk. Kids got to chose their own favorite taste: chocolate or strawberry!

Station 4. Milk-feeding calves: finally we were taken through a beautiful pear-tree orchard to a smaller barn. There 2-week calves were just waiting for our kids to milk-feed them! What a fantastic time and memory for everyone!

There is an intermission in the middle of the program around noon for lunch time. The best way to enjoy is certainly to do like all other Korean families: bring a picnic and relax, watching cows and horses or playing games on the lawn!

Also at the end of the program and seasonally adjustable, you may participate to a couple of additional farming activities. When we visited, we could pick up huge fresh pears from the orchard or crop sweet potatoes. There is an extra charge for this activity depending on your fruits/vegetables harvest.

Admissions:
Available Sundays only, the program starts at 10 AM. It is advisable to book in advance. This is a truly local activity and therefore you should have some Korean language basic knowledge to understand instructions. Alternatively it is advisable to plan the trip with some Korean friends.

March-November: full program 25,000 KRW per person
Dec-Feb: Winter program 14,000 KRW per person

Directions:
Highway 15, Exit Bibong – then turn right after the tollgate and first right turn again.

Jingo Farm, Gyeonggi-do Hwaseong-si Bibongmyeon Gupori 941-42
진주목장, 경기도 화성시 비봉면 구포리 941-42
Tel : 031-356-0073

For more information, check Jinju Farm website (Korean only).

For localisation, check Seoul Map for Kids & Families.

Jinju Farm, Korea

Waujeongsa Temple 와우정사 and glamping barbecue afternoon

Hidden in the beautiful valley of Yongin, the Waujeongsa temple is a perfect and serene place to take some rest for a weekend. Starting from the huge sculpture of Buddha’s head, climb up for the best views of the surrounding forests and mountains. If you are into “Glamping”, there is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon right after your visit to the temple ;-)

Waujeongsa Temple 와우정사

Waujeongsa Temple is located south of the Highway 50 approximately 45km away from Seoul and very close to the nearby attractions as Everland, Yangji Pine Resort, Korean Folk Village, Ho-Am Art Museum and Yeonhwasan Mountain.

The temple was built only in 1970 by a monk Kim Hae-geun, a former resident of North Korea, as a symbol to pray for the Korean reunification. Beside the beautiful setting of the temple you will certainly be impressed by all the relics and statues. There is much to see as the temple has around 3,000 Buddhist statues. Among the most famous statues you shouldn’t miss the Buldu (Buddha’s head) located at the entrance of the temple and the Wabul (reclining Buddha statue) which is 3m tall and 12m long. We also liked the painted wall with the stories of Buddha’s life, the 12-ton Bell of Unification and of course the amazing view of the valley.

As we visited around lunchtime, we started to be starving on the way down the hill. Right next to the parking lot we discovered Uncle de Paris, providing both an indoor italian-style restaurant or outdoor barbecue options. When our kids saw the tents, teepee and  barbecues, it was decided that we had to try Glamping ;-) So we did and we all loved it!

How to get there:

  • Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6 or 7.
    Take Bus 5600 or 5800 to Yongin Intercity Bus Terminal.
    From the terminal take the bus bound for Wonsam (원삼).
    Get off at Waujeongsa Temple.
  • Gangnam Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 10
    Take Bus 5001 or 5002 to Yongin Intercity Bus Terminal.
    From the terminal take the bus bound for Wonsam (원삼).
    Get off at Waujeongsa Temple.

Address: 89-1, Haesil-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 처인구 해실로 89-1 (해곡동)

For localisation go to Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Waujeongsa Temple 와우정사 - beautiful nature