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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

Admission
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

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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…

Seonyudo Park

Beautiful ecological park located on the Hangang river right in the middle of the city. Seonyudo Island is a popular destination for families and school tours proposing many enjoyable and educational activities – the Ecological Water Playground, Aquatic Botanical Garden, Green house, World Cup Fountain, Wild Plant Life Zone and more.Seonyudo ParkSeonyudo Park

Seonyudo Park (Korean website only) was created by a conversion of a former water treatment plant operational from 1978 until 1998. In 1999, the Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to convert the island into an urban park as part of its ‘New Seoul’ initiative and the result is just awesome.

The existing water treatment infrastructure was repurposed to frame and guide the design of the new ecological park. For example, former basins and conduits are now the settings for a variety of native aquatic plants. Chemical decomposition vats now house an aroma garden, a moss garden and a fern garden. Multi-level walkways and boardwalks provide interesting views over the gardens and take visitors on an informative and leisurely journey through the park. In an another area, circular water containers have been transformed into an ecological children’s playground.

You will also find a museum dedicated to the Hangang River and the reconversion process of the island.  For delicious food, cafe latte or just superb views, we recommend a stop at the riverside cafe-restaurant converted from a pump station. Continuing to explore, you can also find an art gallery, a greenhouse, and a 200-seat amphitheater.

The park is accessible from Hangang’s southern bank by the beautiful Seongyugyo footbridge – the ‘Footbridge of Peace’. As there are no cars allowed on the island the Seonyudo Island is a quiet and perfect place for walks, plays and picnics in the centre of Seoul.

How to get there:

  • Dangsan Station – subway line 2, Exit # 1 >> Take bus #605, 6623, 6631, 6632, 6633 and get off at Hanshin Apt. >> Cross over Seonyudo Bridge
  • Hapjeong Station – subway line 2 or 6, Exit # 8) >> Take bus #604, 5712, 6712, 6716 and get off at Hanshin Apt. >> Cross over Seonyudo Bridge

For directions, go to: Seoul Map for Kids & Families