The city of Seoul in South Korea is an amazing destination for families. I am not even sure what initially made me add it to our travel itinerary but I am so glad we did. The city has terrific public transport links to everything you need to explore which makes it prefect for tourists wanting to hit up the top spots. When we travel we love visiting a few tourist attractions but mostly we love to discover experiences that are a bit outside the box, child friendly and don’t cost a lot of money. We also look for experiences that our whole family can enjoy and that are easily accessible.
Here are our top 5 experiences for families in Seoul.
Seoul Grand Childrens Park.
This is a one stop, has it all kind of place. In the one huge park area you can find playgrounds, water play, an aquarium, petting zoo, amusement park, science museum and more. You could easily spend a few days here and it experiences range from free to a day pass at the amusement park for around $25.
We loved the Inclusive playground right by the water play area. We were thrilled to find a play structure that wheelchair users could navigate and a barrier free whizzy dizzy. There was also a nest swing and supportive swing seat.
We also discovered two other play areas with a big slide and a ropes course.
There are plenty of bathrooms around all with wheelchair accessible bathrooms and parent rooms. Within the female toilets there are also cubicles with kid seats.
There are plenty of places to stop and get drinks, ice creams and food including a couple of restaurants at the amusement park area.
To get the the Childrens Park we got the subway Line 2 from Hongkik then transferred to Line 7. There is a lift that comes out right by the park entrance ( the Science Museum gate) .
Open 05.00 to 22.00
Zoo open 10.00-17.00
In the Hip area of Hongdae ( Hongkik) you will find a small art cafe upstairs perfect for escaping the hot Seoul Summer heat.
My kids loved drawing and creating their very own little characters of the boy named Muskky (Mustoy + lucky) and the girl Musppy (Mustoy + happy). Woody turned his into Ironman and Pepper made a little lady.
Perfect for kids 5 and up ( the recommended ages are 7 and up but Woody had a great time creating his Muskky)
We spent two hours here.
Open 11.30am -9.30pm ( Closed Mondays)
Address: 1F Kaliope, 344-6, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul-si
Cost: 15,000 W which includes a cool drink.
You can walk f5 minutes rom Hongkik University Subway Station.
Hello Kitty Cafe.
The perfect pink afternoon for any Hello Kitty Fan!
There are several Hello Kitty cafes around Seoul and I took Pepper to the one in Hongdae.
She loved the Hello Kitty themed cafe with pink chairs, tables, walls, everything!
Pepper had an ice-cream ( which included a take home cup) and I had a juice.
Prices from 5,000-10,000 W.
18, Wausan-ro 19-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
You can walk from Hongkik University Subway station.
Hongdae Free Market.
Each Saturday over Summer a creative space comes alive near Hongkik University.
A place to wander and enjoy listening to music and seeing all the handmade items. We loved meeting the artists and the kids got a characticture done.
Drawing cost 24,000 W ( around $30AUD)
Hongkik University Station subway exit.
Seoul is an amazing place to try many new foods and my kids loved all the ice-cream and sweet treats while wandering around. When its so hot an ice-cream helps the kids to push that bit farther to make the most of your travel days.
Woody loved the 32cm long icecream which cost 2,000 W and exploring the food market streets of Myeondong.
Have you been to Seoul? what was your favourite adventure?