Category Archives: Children’s Museum

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

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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
Outdoor playground

Seoul Science Park Namsan- let’s explore the fun world of Science!

Three levels of hands-on games and experiences to learn the magic of physics, space exploration, human body, sound waves and more! A great introduction to science for kids of all ages in family or for a school field trip.

Seoul Science Park Namsan
Electrostatic experiment

Come discover Seoul Science Park Namsan branch, a public museum providing interactive introduction to the world of science. The museum occupies the underground levels in the Seoul Education Research & Information Institute building near the Namsan public library. It is a sister branch to the main museum located in Gwanak-gu.

This is a smaller and much more modest venue than the highly recommended Gwacheon National Science Museum. The museum is a bit oldish however it covers a wide variety of science related activities. Our kids had a great time experiencing each discovery corner, whether it was space, physics, colors, human body, forces of nature, etc. It is a good option especially on a rainy day if you are in Seoul downtown area.

You will find dozens of experiences such as: building an arch-shape bridge, playing with sound frequencies, fooling with a kaleidoscope, rolling-ball games, gravity tests, pretend x-ray biking, driving a miniature train, creating a steam twister, flying a balloon using an air-blowing machine, etc. Kids will also be impressed with the human body complexity (check out the 3D transparent models) and how it looks like to have a baby in mummy’s womb. There is also a small nature section showing up butterflies, insects and small aquariums.

You may also want to visit the upper floors in the same building where you will find a Folk Craft museum and a free indoor activity playzone.

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 10:00 ~ 17:00
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal, Chuseok and Weekends during Korean school holidays

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, 46, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 소파로 46 (회현동1가) 서울시 교육연구정보원
Tel. 02 311 1276

For more information check Seoul Science Park Namsan website (Korean only)
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Seoul Science Park Namsan
Eye-catching kaleidoscope