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Just opened! Brand new Children’s Museum at the War Memorial of Korea

The War Memorial of Korea just opened a brand new Children’s Museum, compact yet packed with great activities. Colourful, imaginative and free for all!

Children's Museum War Memorial Korea

We stumbled across the new Children’s Museum during one of our occasional stops at the War Memorial – which in itself is so large, rich and varied that you may already spend a few days visiting it in full. Just behind the outdoor section showcasing dozens of wartime ships, vessels and aircrafts (one of our kids’s favorite corners), an aisle of the building was previously used for wedding ceremonies in traditional style. It has now been fully re-designed and re-purposed as a kids edutainment center.

Before or after visiting the Children’s Museum itself, take your time and have fun at the outdoor playground. Kids can run, jump, slide while you can enjoy great views at the nearby Namsan N Seoul Tower.

At the entrance past the Information/Ticket desk, you will first find a few facilities: waiting room, reading corner, colorful restrooms… Entry times run according to fixed schedules and you may have to wait a little while before being invited to start your tour.

Once you enter, there are five sections combining a mixture of educational material, games and videos.

Children's Museum War Memorial Korea
Children’s Museum War Memorial – Map

In the first section “War History of Korea“,  there is a pretend fortress wall, a big photo-zone Joseon dynasty poster and small alcoves with short history clips. Next, “Sorrow over the lost country” depicts symbolic scenes reflecting the struggle for independence. In the “Unfinished War” part, children are introduced to the Korean war. A large wall shows all the countries involved in this war (kids will have to pair countries and matching flags); children can also walk on a trick-eye broken bridge without falling into a pretend river.

The following section is probably the best one. Entitled “Wish for Peace“, it features a nice spider-web and mini climbing wall playground, an indoor soft-shapes construction area and a movie room. Our kids stayed in this section the longest and had lots of fun!  Finally in “My dear country Korea“, children are introduced with the Korean anthem and can practice drawing the Korean national flag.

There is also a small cafe and a souvenir shop.

Overall, this was fun and very interactive. The war theme is obviously well present throughout the visit, in pretty much the same fashion as it is omnipresent in the main building of the War Memorial. Still it is rendered with younger kids in mind and we did not feel it was sinister or scary at all. But better be aware of it. Children may not necessarily fully identify the war theme during the visit however you shall potentially be ready to answer some questions!

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 9:00 ~ 18:00
Closed every Monday (If a Monday is a holiday, then closed the day after the holiday is over.)

Fixed schedules for visit: 9:00, 10:20, 11:40, 13:00, 14:20, 15:40, 17:00

Admission: Free

How to get there:
[Subway]
1) Samgakji Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1, 11 or 12.
2) Namyeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1.

[Bus]
The Korean War Memorial Hall Station
– 110A, 110B, 740, 421, Yongsan03 

Samgakji Station 
– 421, 149, 150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 504, 605, 750B, 751, 752, 502, 506, 507, 750A,
6001(Airport Limousine)

Address:  29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 이태원로 29 (용산동1가)
Tel. 02 709-3200

For more information check Kids War Memorial website.
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Children's Museum War Memorial Korea
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Namsan hidden gems… educative, fun and free!

A focal point for all Seoul residents, Namsan is a great family destination any time in the year for hiking or enjoying fantastic views from atop N-Tower. Not to mention the nearby Namsan Folk Village… Upon our last visit, our walk took us through new areas of the hill and much to our surprise, we discovered great educative and fun resources we had never ever thought existed before. Located nearby the Namsan Public Library, you may have spotted a half-dome building towards Namdaemum side. This hosts a planetarium and the Seoul Science Park museum, Namsan branch.

Seoul Science Park’s play zone: 50 maths and science educative games

This time, we were only able to check the Science Park’s mathematical play zone located on the 4th floor. The perfect place to keep your kids busy for an hour or two! You will find there about 50 various play opportunities… From assembling geometric shapes to solving metal puzzles or drawing spirals and ellipsis… These play corners aim to make maths and science a fun experience for young kids. They are suitable for kids from 3-4 years old. Highly educative and mind boggling for little ones!

Global Village Folk Museum (지구촌민속교육박물관)

In the same building on the 2nd and 3rd floors, the Global Village Folk museum has limited but nicely displayed exhibits of world artifacts such as African masks, Asian potteries and more. A nice introduction to the variety of our planet, ethnologically and culturally. Our kids raised tens of questions about the purpose and meaning of these artifacts or traditions.

In summary: a nice surprise for a quick visit during a sudden rain shower or if you’re coming back nearby Namsan to explore something different than the hiking trails or the N-Seoul Tower.

 

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 10:00 ~ 17:00 Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal, Chuseok

Admission: Free

How to get there: From Seoul Station (Subway Line 1, 4, Exit 9-1): Take Bus 402 to Namsan Library (남산도서관). OR, From Seoul Station (Exit 4): take Bus 405 to Namsan Library (남산도서관).

Address:  Seoul Education Research & Information Institute Building, 2-3-4 Fl. – 46, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 중구 소파로 46 (회현동1가) 서울시 교육연구정보원 2,3,4층

For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

 

Global Folk Village Seoul Namsan

Norang Kids Cafe & Craft

[Our big thanks to Norang Kids Cafe for letting us take pictures and sponsoring this review!]

Cozy, beautiful and inspirational cafe with plenty of creative, cute and original activities for kids

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We just visited Norang Cafe in Seocho and loved it! It is one of those places where you can just sit down with a delicious cafe latte or lemon tea and watch your kids having fun doing beautiful art and craft activities. 

A real plus is that they offer new activities every week. So you may get the membership card for 6 or 9 entries (80,000 and 120,000 won respectively) knowing that your child will proudly pop up every week with a new fancy and original craft in his/her hands 😉   Occasionally, Norang Cafe runs some special seasonal events like Halloween or Christmas parties with thematic craft making.

If you are not particularly interested in the craft of the week you can just choose from  many objects or ideas to be made, cut out, decorated, embellished, sewed together, sticked or tacked… All those items are displayed on the shelves in the workshop and prices vary from 10,000 to 25,000 won.

The staff is very professional, kind, helpful and attentive. They will let your child express freely their creativity while providing just the right help or advice when needed.

While kids are completely immersed in their creative world, you can rest in the cozy atmosphere of this lovely coffee shop perfectly designed for kids but also for parents.

If you come with little siblings or your child is not into art and craft, Norang Cafe has a Lego corner for all the little builders or a huge black board for free writing and drawing.

On Norang Cafe’s menu you’ll find a variety of pasta, pizza, salad and sandwiches.  Some of Norang’s specialties are Udon Noodle Salad, BELT Sandwich, Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Pasta, Chicken Wings (Kids), Popcorn, Homemade Apple Pie, Apple Cinnamon Tea, and Lemon Tea, just to list a few.

Norang Cafe also provides  packages for Birthday Parties for groups of 5 ~ 12 kids including 2 craft projects and some simple snack and drink. You can pick up the theme for your party directly on their website.

As the weather is getting chilly Norang Cafe may be one of the perfect destinations to keep your kids entertained and happy. But don’t forget to book in advance as the week-ends activities are particularly demanded.

Norang Cafe is getting ready for Christmas with a very special Czech-style Christmas Party on December 14~15th in Seocho location. We’ll be there too and hope to see you!

Opening Hours:

Tuesday ~ Sunday: 10:30am ~ 7:30pm
Closed on Monday

How to get there:

Norang Cafe
Seocho-gu Seocho-dong 1698-6 B1
Tel: 02-537-9607
* Please note that Norang Cafe relocated from Dogok to Seocho location.

Subway: Seoul National University of Education (Line 2 or 3) – Exit n. 4. Take first left and walk 2 blocks until you’ll see Norang Cafe on your left.

For localization, go to Seoul Map for Kids and families. If you come from Express bus terminal take the big avenue going to the Seoul National University. Turn left after Acrovista and then take the second narrow street on your right. You’ll see Norang Cafe on your right hand. You can find some parking spaces in front or by the side of the Cafe or there is a small parking about 20 meters farther on your right. Norang Cafe offers stamps for 2 hours of free parking.