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

Back to Nature at the Korea National Arboretum & Forest Museum (국립수목원)

Huge and beautiful in every season, the Korea National Arboretum is a little-known but perfect getaway secret from Seoul’s hussle and bustle. Spoiler alert: ideal for family walks in forests and gardens!

Korea National Arboretum

The Korea National Arboretum was opened in 1987 on the grounds of Gwangneung Forest, in Gyeonggi-do province. Gwangneung was a royal forest, which surrounded a mausoleum of King Sejo of Chosun dynasty (which you can visit even now).  Over the last 500 years the area has been strictly protected and retains much of its natural untouched feel.

The Arboretum is big by all accounts. It covers more than 1,100 ha and contains 15 specialised gardens, a Forest museum, an herbarium, impressive green-houses and more. Enough to warrant a full day of activities, walk and fun as long as you bring a picnic. There are a couple of snacking & coffee-shops opportunities inside the Arboretum but no full-fledge restaurant.

The gardens are varied in style and plants including pine trees, lotuses, tulips, cactus and many more, making for a nice visit in every season. Just to give a hint of the diversity, let’s mention a short selection of those we liked best: ornamental trees garden, aquatic garden, bog & children garden, blossom trees garden, exotic trees garden, conifer garden, etc.

Enjoy, take beautiful pictures and take a relaxing deep breath!

Kids can have fun too, though this is truly not an amusement park. They will probably be just happy to spend good family times together. There are small activities in the above-mentioned Children garden. There is also a small and outdated zoo portion. The deers and big birds areas are still ok however you might want to skip the bears/tigers/wolves sections as the conditions are definitely oldish.

Opening hours: April-October: 09:00-18:00 / November-March: 09:00-17:00

Closed Sundays & Mondays, January 1st, Seollal & Chuseok holidays

Admission fees: 1,000 KRW Adults; 700 KRW  13~18-year-old; 500 KRW Children 7~12-year-old

How to get there:
415, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Soheul-eup, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 포천시 소흘읍 광릉수목원로 415
Tel. 031-540-2000 (reservations recommended)

Uijeongbu Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
Take bus 21 at the bus stop in front of Uijeongbu Police Station.
Get off at the Korea National Arboretum. 

For more information, check Korea National Arboretum official website.

For localisation, check Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Korea National Arboretum


Relax at Sanjeong Lake, Recharge at Jainsa Temple

From Seoul to the DMZ, the often underrated Northern region  provides spectacular scenery, beautiful mountain sights and many hidden treasures. This is just what you can find at Sanjeong Lake and the nearby zen-atmosphere Jainsa Temple. Time to both relax and recharge!

Sanjeong Lake, Gyeonggi-do

Sanjeong Lake is hidden a bit out of the main road past beautiful valleys and steep mountain passes. Though within only 90 km from Seoul downtown, the drive  is demanding as the whole Northern region’s roads infrastructure remains limited. It took us about 1h45 in average traffic conditions.

The area has been developed in the 80’s with a few pensions, cafes and restaurants. Most Korean visitors head there during weekends for an outdated attraction park. To be frank: while there were kids-intended attractions such as Viking boats, carousels and alike, we at Kidsfuninseoul would gladly see this old-fashioned theme park closed and removed from an otherwise beautiful area!

Instead, we recommend walking in the central area where you will find several impressive sculptures. You may also enjoy good Korean food in the local restaurants. We then took on an easy hike around the lake. This will take you about 1h30 – a bit more if you are with small kids. Most of the path is easy, flat and you shall likely manage it with a sturdy stroller.

Mid-way along the walk, we enjoyed taking a detour to the nearby Jainsa Temple – about a kilometre away from the lake path. The temple was particularly peaceful, well maintained. The views of the mountainous background were just so spectacular! We took many photos, walked around the various temple buildings and recharged with a full tank of energy.

Just check if you can in advance the water level in the lake. It should be fine by end Summer and in Fall. Depending on precipitations, it may be at low level at other times of the year.

Overall, this is a great day-trip destination for a warm weekend. Certainly not a must-see attraction, but nice to combine with other family sights if you are already in the region.

For more information, check Sanjeong Lake website (Korean only)

How to get there:
Uijeongbu Jungang Station (Uijeongbu Light Rail) Exit 2. At the Myeongmul Jjigae Geori (명물찌개거리) Bus Stop, take Bus 138-6 to Hanhwa Condo (한화콘도) Bus Stop.  Sanjeong Lake (산정호수) ticket office is on the left side of the Hanhwa Condo building.

79, Sanjeonghosu-ro 411beon-gil, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 포천시 영북면 산정호수로411번길 79

For localisation check Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Sanjeong Lake, Gyeonggi-do