Gyeonggi Children’s Museum – why you should not miss it!

Super cool, big and modern, the three-story Gyeonggi Children’s Museum might well be the ultimate kids’ edutainment attraction! Treat yourself and your kids to a great visit filled with games, learning and playing opportunities

Gyeonggi Children's Museum – water playground

As parents of young kids, we have visited and experienced a great number of attractive children’s venues in and around Seoul. We love discovering and sharing popular, newly-opened or little-known  locations, in our quest to bring you great suggestions on Kidsfuninseoul blog. This time, we enjoyed so much our latest discovery and thought it was as good as similar museums in Children’s Grand ParkNational Museum or at the War Memorial. Or perhaps even better…?

What makes it so good and why you should not miss it? Well, it’s all in the diversity of games, plays, interactive corners that caters for kids from 3 years old and above… Each of the ten thematic areas is packed with fun activities, giving you at least 10 good reasons to love Gyeonggi Children’s Museum.

1) Nature’s playground for the little ones: this is the first section when you enter the museum. A fantastic play opportunity for the youngest kids who can do some farm-playing, slide from pretend-trees or swing on small play animals. Children can also dress like firemen or policemen!

2) Healthy playground: in addition to a few biking and exercising games, we were very impressed with the giant climbing structure raising about 15-meter high, which reminded us of “Jack & the Beanstalk”. Be aware that your child should be taller than 120cm to be allowed in the structure. There is also a climbing boulder wall for the more adventurous kids.

3) Han River and water: another great attraction to learn about rivers and play with water. Kids will love to splash and pump water or make big waves!

4) How the body work? in this section, children enter different body parts and learn how we can hear, smell, see, move or breathe. Our kids liked best to play in the giant mouth and teeth.

5) Construction Zone: this is the place for to-be architects and construction builders, complete with safety helmets, photo-zone opportunities and bricks-building material.

6) Eco Atelier: a great craft workshop for the artistic kids. Play with recycled materials and make your own art.

7) Wisdom in the Fairy Tale: dress like a princess or roar like a tiger in this fairy-tale inspired section. A great introduction to local Korean traditional stories!

8) These are my friends: would you like to learn different music styles, compare food from different countries, dress Chinese- or Japanese-style? In this section, children learn about and experience first-hand cultural diversity from all over the World.

9) Mini Theater: enjoy short plays or puppet shows (in Korean only) where children can interact with the performers.

10) Artworks Hidden in the Museum: there are plenty of creative art works to marvel at during the visit. Raise the head and look for creations hanging on the walls or from the ceiling. In particular, we were stuck for more than 30 minutes just watching the giant Roller-ball machine located near the entrance gates. Our little boy was so impressed he did not want to leave anymore!

In a nutshell, Gyeonggi Children's Museum puts the bar really high for any kids-centric play museum. Highly recommended for each of the above-mentioned reasons taken individually.... and there are 10 of these! You may also combine a visit with the nearby Korean Traditional Folk Village, also highly recommended.

Opening hours: 
March~June and September~November: 10:00~18:00 / 10:00~19:00 Saturdays
July~August: 10:00~19:00
December~February: 10:00~18:00
Closed 2nd and 4th Monday each month (Holiday open)

Admission: KRW 4,000  over 12 months

How to get there:

[Bus]
Nearest station Gyeonggi Province Museum (경기도박물관)
- Red bus 1560, 5500-1

[Car]
Take Gyeongbu Expressway and Yeongdong Expressway, Singal-Ansan Expressway, and arrive at Suwon Tollgate → right turn →Singal Ogeori Intersection → right turn (for Korea Folk Village) → 1.5km

Address:  Sanggal-dong 85, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 기흥구 상갈동 85
Tel. 031-270-8600

For more information check Gyeonggi Children’s Museum website.
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Gyeonggi Children's Museum Gyeonggi Children's Museum – rolling ball

Kidsfuninseoul Valentine’s Art & Craft Class

We are very excited to be hosting two sessions of special Valentine’s Art&Craft Class on February 11th and 13th from 4 to 6 pm in Yongsan City Tower.

Please come and join us for an afternoon of fun and art.

Don’t forget to book in advance as seats are limited!
Reservation: kidsfuninseoul@gmail.com

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Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, mountain trout fishing and winter fun!

Famous for its clear river water and the abundance of the local sancheoneo – mountain trout, Hwacheon hosts the yearly Sancheoneo Ice Festival. Ice fishing, winter sculptures, snow activities… Don’t miss one of the best festivals this winter from Jan10 to Feb01, 2015!

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Sancheoneo

Featured by Lonely Planet as one of the seven winter wonders in the world, Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Gangwon-do province is one of the largest winter events in South Korea. The city developed a grand-scale festival now in its 12th year, which takes place on the Hwacheoncheon stream usually covered with a 40cm-thick ice layer in the coldest days of January.

Ice fishing

The biggest attraction is without a doubt the ice fishing experience. Participants can freely fish sancheoneo trouts through 11,000 ice holes! There is a foreigners reserved area which is far less crowded but with a fishing quota per person (3 trouts if we remember well). Plenty of fresh trouts are released every day in the fishing area which should guarantee a fun and successful experience for everyone. Actually younger children shall also be able to catch their own trouts… You will often hear “I caught one!” screams of joy!

You will be able to take home the trouts you caught or have them grilled in the food stalls bordering the stream for a symbolic fee. What an experience for the whole family to eat the fresh trouts  you just retrieved from underneath the ice layer!

Winter wonderland activities

There are as well plentiful winter activities to practice next to the ice fishing area. These usually require separate admission fees except for the sculptures display section. Just to mention those which impressed us most: bare-handed fishing (5 minutes to catch as many trouts as you can, bare-handed and feet in the icy water), ice slides, sleigh races, amazing snow and ice sculptures, make-your-own-snowman, ATV on ice, etc.

The Festival is manageable on a long one-day trip from Seoul, leaving at dawn and returning at night. The drive will take more than 2 hours each way.

If you have not experienced ice fishing yet, make sure to head to Sancheoneo Ice Festival this year! This is a very well-organized local festival with dozens of fun activities for all ages, great food and in a beautiful area of Korea. This is a very popular event for good reasons (and getting more famous each year), hence expect some crowds during weekends.


Admission: 
Trout fishing: 12,000 KRW/person
Foreigners-reserved area: 10,000 KRW/person (pre-school children free)
Full admission list available on this link.

How to get there:
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Hwacheon (화천).
* Bus Schedule: 07:05-19:35, 30-40min intervals

You may also use the Gangwon-do shuttle bus service for foreigners leaving from Gwanghwamun plaza daily during the festival duration (7:30AM boarding, 8:30PM return).

Address:  Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do
강원 화천군 화천읍
Tel. +82-1688-3005

For more information check Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival website.
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Do you wanna build a snowman?

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival