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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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Relax at Sanjeong Lake, Recharge at Jainsa Temple

From Seoul to the DMZ, the often underrated Northern region  provides spectacular scenery, beautiful mountain sights and many hidden treasures. This is just what you can find at Sanjeong Lake and the nearby zen-atmosphere Jainsa Temple. Time to both relax and recharge!

Sanjeong Lake, Gyeonggi-do

Sanjeong Lake is hidden a bit out of the main road past beautiful valleys and steep mountain passes. Though within only 90 km from Seoul downtown, the drive  is demanding as the whole Northern region’s roads infrastructure remains limited. It took us about 1h45 in average traffic conditions.

The area has been developed in the 80’s with a few pensions, cafes and restaurants. Most Korean visitors head there during weekends for an outdated attraction park. To be frank: while there were kids-intended attractions such as Viking boats, carousels and alike, we at Kidsfuninseoul would gladly see this old-fashioned theme park closed and removed from an otherwise beautiful area!

Instead, we recommend walking in the central area where you will find several impressive sculptures. You may also enjoy good Korean food in the local restaurants. We then took on an easy hike around the lake. This will take you about 1h30 – a bit more if you are with small kids. Most of the path is easy, flat and you shall likely manage it with a sturdy stroller.

Mid-way along the walk, we enjoyed taking a detour to the nearby Jainsa Temple – about a kilometre away from the lake path. The temple was particularly peaceful, well maintained. The views of the mountainous background were just so spectacular! We took many photos, walked around the various temple buildings and recharged with a full tank of energy.

Just check if you can in advance the water level in the lake. It should be fine by end Summer and in Fall. Depending on precipitations, it may be at low level at other times of the year.

Overall, this is a great day-trip destination for a warm weekend. Certainly not a must-see attraction, but nice to combine with other family sights if you are already in the region.

For more information, check Sanjeong Lake website (Korean only)

How to get there:
Uijeongbu Jungang Station (Uijeongbu Light Rail) Exit 2. At the Myeongmul Jjigae Geori (명물찌개거리) Bus Stop, take Bus 138-6 to Hanhwa Condo (한화콘도) Bus Stop.  Sanjeong Lake (산정호수) ticket office is on the left side of the Hanhwa Condo building.

Address:
79, Sanjeonghosu-ro 411beon-gil, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 포천시 영북면 산정호수로411번길 79

For localisation check Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Sanjeong Lake, Gyeonggi-do

Namhansanseong again and again

Beautiful green mountains, traditional village, breathtaking views, dozens of delicious traditional korean restaurants and many hiking options  – Namhansanseong has it all 🙂

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There are places where you can return many times. And every time you are back, you find the place even more beautiful. Namhansanseong is for us one of those places.

This time we came during the last hot summer week-end. We walked just half of the hike going from the Northern Gate to the Eastern Gate but we loved it. Even if some parts are rather impressive with steep stairs – beware of vertigo – we’ve been rewarded with amazing views at Seoul City and all the surrounding mountains.

After the mountain walk we enjoyed Samgyetang in one of the restaurants in the village and we finished with a nice stroll around the beautifully renovated Palace near the Rotary.

 

Just a perfect day in the nature only 30 minutes out of Seoul! We are sure you’ll love it as much as we do. For more information go to Hiking in Namhansanseong Park

Hint: a special app is now available for download with hiking map of the various trails. Check out this link for iPhone (Korean only)