Activities for Children-Busan
Following are some activities one can do with children in and around Busan as recommended by an expat parent living in the city.
There are several beaches around Busan that are child friendly: Songjeong, Haeundae, Gwangan and Dadaepo. They all have life guards during the official beach 'open' hours between 9AM and 5PM. Note that outside those hours you are likely to be told to stay out of the water. The beaches tend to get crowded during the day, but you can usually beat the crowds by going early in the morning (before 11AM).
Surfing lessons are available at Songjeong Beach along the beach and on a street parallel to the bridge. All offer 2-4 hour lessons.
Koreans typically let their children play around and refresh themselves in public fountains, which are kid-friendly. Very popular are the fountains around the Zenith Building of the new marine area. They run twice a day at irregular hours. Best to check with the reception of one of the buildings to find out when and if the fountains are on.
There are also small fountains at Zooraji, a theme park on the top of Shinsaegae Department Store in Centum City, which has also a slide, pirate ship and a other small children attractions.
There is a fantastic water fountain in Dadaepo Beach which also offers an evening light show
Popular with foreign residents, the Haeundae Grand Hotel swimming pool has seven 50m lanes for adults and children and also offers swimming lessons. Daily entrance fee is around W9,000 for adults/youths and W7,000 for Children. Note that the fees may change depending on the season. For more information on current fees, etc. visit the hotel's website. See a more detailed list of pool options on the Swimming Pools-Busan information page.
There are a number of boat tour options that are fun for children and adults alike include a replica of a 19th century Duth Tall Ship. For more details visit the Busan e-tour site.
GWANGALI MARINE SPORTS CENTRE:
Offers water activities for children and adults such as windsurfing, motorboat, banana boat, kayak, cruise, dinghy, skin-scuba, etc. The Centre is at the far corner of Gwangan Beach. Directions: Exit 1,3 of Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2) and walk to the beach (about 15 min) or take bus 41 from Busan station and get off at Suyoung-gu District Office and walk 10mins. Info: 051-755-0707/622-0201 (or contact KTO's Busan Helpline at 051-1330 for help getting information in English. The website is in Korean only.
Located in Haeundae Beach, the Busan Aquarium features 250 species and up to 35,000 marine animals on display as well as an 80m seabed tunnel . Address: 266, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan. Hours: Mon.-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun-Holidays-peak season (21 July-28 Aug) 9am-10pm. Last admission one hour before closing. Cost: 13+ W21,000/ children under 13 W15,000. Info: 051-740-1700. Directions: Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5. Walk 600m towards Haeundae Beach. Website has info in English.
Open in April 2014, the zoo is located in the city, next to Children’s Park. Info: 051-811-8800. Hours: 9:30am-6pm September thru May / 9:30am-7pm June thru August. Admission: Adults W19,000, Youth W17,000, Children W15,000. Directions: Take City Bus 33, 44, 54, 63, 81, 83-1 or 133. Get off at Sports Complex Station, Metro line 3 and take bus 54, 83-1 or village bus 17. Get off at Geoje Station and take bus 54. Parking available for 780 cars. Website in Korean only.
-Drive, as there is parking for 780 cars at the zoo.
BUSAN MUSEUM OF ART - CHILDREN'S SECTION:
Located at the basement of the Busan Museum of Art in Centum City there is an interactive museum where kids can experiment and explore with different types of arts. Hours: 10am-6pm / Closed Mondays, 01 January; also Tuesday if Monday is a holiday. Admission: Free. Directions: Metro/Subway Line 2 (Green) to Busan Museum of Art station, stop #205. The museum is 100 metres outside of Exit 5.
BUSAN CITIZEN'S PARK:
Covering the areas of Yangjeong, Yeonji and Beomjeon-dong, the park offers five themes and 29 attractions including a Pororo library and a waterfall. A lush bamboo forest is situated behind the Hope Busan 100 Years Time Capsule Park, where city memorabilia is buried. There is an artists' corner where local artists can display and sell their works. Directions: 10 minutes from exit 7 of Bujeon Station, Metro line 1 or take city bus 33, 44, 63, 83-1 or 179. Website is in Korean only.
ULSAN GRAND PARK:
The Park is huge and has many playgrounds including jumping marshmallows, butterfly museum, small zoo, water park, and many attractions for children. About a 30 to 45 minute drive from Busan. For a list of attractions and fees in English see the park's website.
K4E Editor: We try to make the information on Korea4Expats.com as complete and accurate as possible, so if you notice any errors or omissions in the content above, please let us know at email@example.com. Note also that this is a partial list of options for children. Please do let us know if you have other areas to recommend.
Last Updated on 2014-05-29
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