Children’s Museum of National Museum of Korea – learn & play altogether!

Fun experience-based museum for your little ones, nested within the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan. Discover five thematic corners and enjoy the outdoor playground during the warmer season.

Children's Museum National Museum of Korea

Renovated in 2012, the Children’s Museum is a great place to visit with younger kids up to Elementary school. This is a venue where children can appreciate the history while playing games as they see with their own eyes, touch with their own hands, and feel with their own heart.

You will find five different sections to discover how people used to live in the past: Home, Pottery, Clothes, Music & Art and finally War.

All the exhibitions are accompanied with really cool features like walls with magnetic puzzles, reproduction of real artifacts or broken pieces of the old pottery and vases which the kids can try to put all together pretending to be an archaeologist or conservator. A recent addition is a scaled kiln in the pottery area. There are a few interactive games as well such as a rice-cropping challenge.

If the weather is nice, there is an amazing outside playground.

The Museum proposes additional educational programs but unfortunately they are all provided only in Korean language.

Opening hours
9:00am~6:00pm Tuesday to Sunday
Evening hours: until 9:00pm every last Wednesday of each month.
Closed : Mondays and January 1st

Free for all but entrance tickets are required from the Children’s museum Information Desk. Online pre-reservation possible (highly recommended during weekends). There are 6 regular sessions limited to 200 people.

1st Session 09:00~10:20
2ND Session 10:30~11:50
3RD Session 12:00~13:20
4TH Session 13:30~14:50
5TH Session 15:00~16:20
6TH Session 16:30~18:00

How to get there
137, Seobinggo-ro (168-6, Yongsan-dong 6-ga), Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-797, Korea
Tel: +82-2-2077-9000 (Korean, English)

For localisation, see Seoul Maps for Kids & Families

For more information check the Children’s museum website.

Children's Museum National Museum of Korea

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Seoul MMCA 1st Anniversary

Brand new exhibitions across Seven art galleries, Fantastic facilities and kids-friendly staff – MMCA is getting better and better each time!

MMCA Seoul - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Seoul box; Leandro Erlich Port of reflections

Kidsfuninseoul previously published a first-impressions post about Seoul Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. That was exactly one year ago to the day. This time, we returned during one of these chilly days… brrr! The wide range of art we saw, touched, heard and interacted with, really illuminated and coloured our day!

This was fun, impressive, weird, self-questioning, beautiful, gigantic, unique. Come experience or rediscover MMCA for its 1st anniversary celebration: a highly diverse collection of art in all possible shapes and flavours including photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, sounds and videos.

What you may expect:

  • Located right in the main hall, Seoul box is the flagship space of the museum displaying huge pieces of arts. When it opened, Seoul box was displaying Do Ho Suh’s Home Within Home. Right now, you may admire the poetic, beautiful and mind-boggling art of Leandro Erlich: “Port of Reflections”. Incredible how the optical illusion is almost perfect. Kids had great fun playing and running in the black velvet room just underneath the boats.
  • Seven art galleries, currently running the following exhibitions as of December 2014: 1st Anniversary Exhibition of MMCA Seoul 《Garden》; Human, Space, Machine – Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus; MFV(MMCA Film and Video) SCINTILLATION OR DISAPPEARANCE; MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2014: LEE BUL; Rebirth of Place: Expansion & Conflict of the Korean Modern Architecture; Site-specific Artwork Project 2014 <Super Nature>; MATRIX: MATHEMATICIANS _ HEART OF GOLD AND THE ABYSS.

A very lively and inspiring modern art treasure chest, MMCA is however clearly NOT a playground-style children museum. It is mostly appropriate with kids from elementary school and above with parental assistance.

Enjoy a day full of art!

Opening hours :
Closed : Mondays and January 1st
ㅇ Ticket : Until 1 hour prior to the closing time
ㅇ Museum Hours
– Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday : 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
– Wednesday, Saturday : 10:00 am ~ 9:00 pm(18:00~21:00 : Special exhibition is free)

Admission :
ㅇ Admission fee is charged differently according to the exhibition (currently 4,000 KRW for all exhibitions; free under 24 years old).
Please refer to the museum website for details
ㅇ Permanent Exhibition is free.

How to get there :
– Next to Exit 1, Ankuk Station, Line No. 3 ~ 14 minute walk
– Next to Exit 2, Gwanghwamun Station, Line No. 5 ~ 17 minute walk

Parking Capacity: 384 Vehicles (Underground Level Parking Lot)
– 3,000 won for first 1 hour
– 500 won for each additional 10 minute period exceeding the first 1hours
– 25,000 won maximum daily charge(08:00~23:00)

For localization, see Seoul Maps for Kids & Families

For more information go to MMCA

MMCA Seoul - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Bauhaus

Merry Christmas in Seoul: Kidsfuninseoul’s Top 10!

Christmas is just around the corner. Here is our yearly Top 10 theme guide for the Advent season and celebrating Christmas in Seoul in 2014!

Christmas Seoul Kidsfuninseoul

Celebrating Christmas in Seoul might be a bit different than what you may know in other countries especially in Americas or Europe. For Koreans, the festivities tend to be mostly for young romantic couples, as well naturally as being a religious feast for Christians. In any case, all ingredients are united to make the Christmas atmosphere in Seoul very special: it’s chilly, often snowy, night lights illuminating the city, Christmas carols all around.Christmas Seoul

See for yourself what to expect:

1. Where can Santa Claus find the best gifts

2. Ideas for Decorations, Christmas Trees, Ornaments

  • New Core Outlet / Kim’s Club: 4th Floor of the main building for a good selection of interior decoration, e.g. ornaments, tablecloth, candles, etc.
  • Costco for Christmas Trees both reasonably affordable and with a natural feel (remember it is almost impossible to get a real Christmas tree in Korea)
  • Main Department Stores – Lotte, Shinsegae, eMart – all have specialized shops providing all Christmas articles. You can easily find Advent calendars in most eMarts for example.
  • Express Bus Terminal Market (Gangnam Flower Market) located on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Daehae Building next to the Bus Terminal
  • Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Markets

3. Gourmet corner

  • Baking your own cakes and pastries: Bangsan Market with its Bakers’ alley in the Dongdaemun area
  • You may place special orders for your turkey or other Christmas specialty through most luxury hotels (usually their Deli or main Restaurant). Orders can also be placed through the Austrian-style Meili’s Deli tel. 02-797-3820 in Itaewon.
  • Chocolate: There are several small chocolate artisans around the city. You can try AmandierCacaoboom, Dear Chocolate
  • Food floors of main Department Stores have good selection: Hyundai, Galleria, Shinsegae, Lotte, SSG Food Market

4. Christmas Traditional Markets

  • British Christmas Fair on Nov 25, 2014 10AM-1PM, The Seoul Club
  • European Christmas Market on Dec 6 and 7, 2014 Seongbukcheon Fountain Square
  • German International School’s  Christmas Market on Dec 13, 2014 4:30PM-8PM on the school premises
  • French Christmas Market Dec 13, 2014 10AM-4PM, Ginkgo Parc next to the French School
  • Korea Christmas fair in Kintex Hall 7 – Dec 12 to 14th

5. Street Lights & Giant Christmas Trees

  • Many illuminations on the facades from the main Department Stores Shinsegae and Lotte Department Stores in Sogong-dong
  • Seoul Plaza
  • Millennium Hilton Christmas Train from Nov 20, 2014 till Jan 18, 2015

Hilton Millenium Seoul Christmas Train

6. Shows, Events, Parties & Craft

Christmas Seoul

7. Ring-the-Bells activities

8. Seoul’s special Christmas cakes

The Christmas cake has become such a popular item that any bakery launches its own line of Christmas cakes. Just stop by your favorite bakery shop. You can’t miss it;-)

9. Special Holidays Hotel Packages

Check out the news pages from all major international hotels. Great deals are usually available for a romantic dinner, stay or spa!

10. Special Nature Treats!

Happy Advent Time and Merry Christmas from Kidsfuninseoul!