Category Archives: Playground

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


Family biking around Yeouido… and other tips with kids

Spring is just around the corner and it’s the time to go biking again. Last weekend we decided to make a tour of Yeouido on bikes and we loved it. There is a perfect biking trail all around the island. You can always find a restaurant or shop nearby and if you feel tired, easily return to your starting point in a breeze


We started our tour from the parking lot in Hangang River Park next to the 63 building and toured the island clockwise. We opted for the semi-biking semi-pedestrian road on the interior part of the island as it is more quiet and farther from the noisy Olympic Highway. This path is running along the Yeouido Saetgang Ecological Park. We parked the bikes for a while and enjoyed the walk on the wooden platforms watching the wintry burnt grass and feeding a couple of ducks.

Our second stop was at the level of the Saetgang Pedestrian Bridge. We climbed this beautifully designed bridge and admired the view of the park from the top.

Later on, we reached Yeouido Park and our kids convinced us to cross the park… and of course to stop by the playgrounds.

Finally, we didn’t make the whole round-the-island tour but just half of it and we’ll be definitely back soon to finish it  😉

If you need to rent a bike you can find rentals on the southern end of Wonhyodaegyo or Mapodaegyo bridges.

Cost: 3,000 won per hour (one-person bike) / 6,000 won per hour (two-person/tandem bike)
*You must leave a valid photo ID at the rental desk for the duration of your ride. 

Hours: 09:00-19:00 (May-August), 09:00-18:00 (March, April, September, October), 09:00-17:00 (January, February, November, December)

For localization, check Seoul Map for Kids & Families.

20 Things to do with kids in Seoul

We all know these days when we don’t have a clue how to keep our kiddies busy, happy and entertained. The amazing thing about Seoul however is that it offers plenty of things to do! From bike riding to skiing, interactive kids museums to amusement parks, traditional villages and animal farms, here are our favorite 20 things to do with your little ones in this amazing city.

Let’s go! Here is our first best of list:

Hyangiram Hermitage Korea

  1. Feed the deers in Seoul Forest – there are also two cool playgrounds, stroller-friendly walks, a feeding rabbits area, a small botanical garden, space for cycling, grass for flying kites and even jumping fountains operating in summer for great splashing times!Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
  2. Get fun at the Seoul Children’s Museum, with discoveries to make and tonnes of buttons to push. And when you are done, have a walk in the Children’s Grand Park with its little zoo, botanical garden and plenty of playgrounds.
  3. Fly kites at the windy Haneul World Cup Park and enjoy the views of downtown, Han River and Bukhansan.
  4. Take the cable car to the Namsan Park, play tourist at the N Seoul Tower and stop for a fun visit at the Teddy Bear Museum.Namsan N-Tower
  5. Hire bikes (or bring your owns) and ride one of the many cycling paths Seoul has to offer. Keep your cool with the refreshing Hangang river breezes.
  6. Get intrigued and amused at the Rolling Ball Museum and touch and play with all the silly objects in the Fun Museum.Rolling ball museum Seoul
  7. Make the trip to Bukhansan and take the beautiful and easy walk of Uiryeong-gil crossing the very center of Bukhansan Mountain and Dobongsan Mountain.
  8. Get educated at Gwacheon National Science Museum and let the kiddies learn about dinosaurs and space shuttles.Gwacheon Science Museum Dinosaur
  9. Spend a perfect day in Dream Forest. Head to the playgrounds, feed the deers, grab a pizza or pasta at the Cafeteria La Foresta and cool off in the water-play area and jumping fountains in summer or roll in the snow in winter.
  10. When the autumn colors are all around, take a stroll at the Secret Garden. This is one of the best spots in Seoul to enjoy the beautiful foliage.
  11. Head to Lotte World. You are sure to make happy your younger and older ones but just try to avoid the week-end afternoons and Korean holidays as it can be really packed.Lotte World
  12. In winter time pick up one of the ski resorts easily accessible from Seoul and hit the slopes under a perfect blue sky.
  13. Wander around the Olympic Park. Run around the lake or rent a family bike, enjoy the views of Gangnam and take pics of the photogenic persimmon trees in late autumn. There is so much to do in every season.Red Poppies flowers Haeyeorim Gardens Gyeonggi do
  14. In rainy days feed the fish and look for sharks in Coex Aquarium.
  15. Unleash your little explorers and let them go wild in the huge Dibo Village indoor playground.Dibo Village
  16. Take a step back in history and let your kids learn about culture and tradition of Korea at the Korean Folk Village. This one day trip from Seoul is always a big success for all the family and visitors.
  17. Pack some lunch, catch the ferry and head to Modo Island for a beach side summer picnic.
  18. Visit Bongeunsa Temple especially in the month of May before Buddha’s birthday if you want to feel the magic of the place decorated with thousands of beautiful lanterns.
  19. Take a wander around the amazing Anseong Farmland. Feed the sheep and goats, ride a horse and watch the cows grazing in the picturesque environment. Spend a day full of fun and amazement in a beautiful countryside!Anseong Farmland Korea
  20. See how far your children can trot by tackling one of the Namhansanseong walks. Enjoy a delicious korean food in one of the traditional restaurants in the village after the walk and finish the afternoon with a stroll around the beautifully renovated Palace.Namhansanseong Seoul

This is just the first short list of places we love. Stay tuned for more…