Art-Culture-Museums for Children, Seoul
Alive Gallery presents an unusual introduction to famous works of art. The pieces all move and flow with the use of a little modern technology and a lot of imagination. Although it's all mostly in Korean, there are plans to introduce more English and the curator can also arrange for someone to guide English tours (groups of 5 or more). A few famous works include: Leonardo da Vinci’s, “The Last Supper” Wassily Kandinsky’s, “Impression Ill” and the captivating Vincent Van Gogh’s, “Café Terrace at Night.” Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” waves her hand and nods her head all while responding to visitor’s questions (in Korean only at this time). Getting there: located near Jamsil Stadium. Sports Complex Stn (Stop 218) Exit 6 and 7. Tel: 02-416-0388 (there have been English speakers on staff).
Funique House (Museum) offers exhibitions visitors (children and adults) can touch and also guess at the science behind objects. Funique House has two locations: Seoul and Paju (Gyeonggi-do) Hours: Seoul 10:00-18:00 Tues-Sunday and in Paju 10:00-18:00 Weekdays and 9:30-18:00 Weekends. Last admission 17:00 in both locations. Closed Mondays. Info: 02-792-8500 (Seoul) and 031-956-2211 (Paju). Ask for English speaker. Website in Korean only. Admission: (Seoul) over 8 y-o-a W8,000 / 3-7 y-o-a W7,000 / under 36 months free – must be accompanied by an adult. (Paju) over 8 W6,000/ 5-7 W5,000 / under 4 free. Directions: (Seoul) Samgakji Station, Lines 4 & 6, Stops 428 & 628, Exit #12. Funique house is on the grounds of the Korea War Memorial. (Paju) Funique House is located in the Paju Camp, Gyueonggi English Village. To get there, you can catch a bus at either Hapjeong Station (Stop 238 or 622). Bus #200 (comes ~ every 40 minutes) or #2200 (comes every ~60 minutes). Get off at Paju English Village. Another option is bus #900 from Juyeop Station, Stop 311 (comes ~ every 15 minutes).
Hello Museum is an art museum for children located in 688-4 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu. Not only is the art presented with children in mind and hung low for them, the whole place has been custom-deisgned for them including the low archways, a little cave made out of traditional Korean paper (hanji) for kids to sit and chat in, and little portable desks. Hello Museum offers both exhibition 'tours' and art classes for children. Director Kim Ysaac worked at the Simthsonian in the U.S.. Art classes are offered the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month and cost W50,000 per child. There is a cost for the different exhibition. To learn more or to make a reservation to visit, contact Director Kim at 02-562-4420. To get to Hello Museum, go to Seolleung Subway Station, Line 2 (Stop 220), Exit 8. Then take buses 6411 or 3420 and get off at the second stop.
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is located in Itaewon and has an area for children. Leeum is located near Hanganjin Subway Station (stop 631)
Korean Folk Village located near Suwon just outside Seoul. The Folk Village (aka Hanguk Minsokchon - 한국민속촌) is a replica of an entire village. Potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans practice their trades in traditional fashion. Performances are scheduled throughout the day at the amphitheater. Korean food can be purchased from the central food market. Tel: 031-286-2111/3. Note: The 1560 bus no longer goes up to the village entrance and, outside of the peak tourist season, you don't always see artisans 'practicing their trade'. Worthy of note also is the fact that performance intros are in Korean only.
Directions: By bus: Express Bus #O5001-1, from Gangnam Station-Yangjae-Singal-Korean Folk Village. Takes about 40 minutes- By car : If you arrive at the Singal Tollgate from Gyungbu Highway, Youngdong Highway, or Singal-Ansan Highway, or arrive at the Singal Five-Way Crossing by way of Gyungbu National Road, or Suwon-Yongin National Road, you'll road signs for the Korean Folk Village - about 3km. Note the signs are sometimes in Korean only.
Namsan-gol Traditional Folk Village 남산골한옥마을 (aka Namsan Hanok Village) is located next to Korea House in Chungmuro, at the foot of (Mount) Namsan. This traditional complex provides insight into traditional Korean housing. Various cultural events, performances, classes and exhibitions are regularly held here. Admission is free. Hours: Nov. ~ Mar. - 09:00 ~ 18:00 / Apr. ~ Oct. - 09:00 ~ 19:00 / Jun. ~ Aug. - 09:00 ~ 20:00. Closed every Tuesday (traditional garden is open). Directions: Line 3, Chungmuro Station, Exit 3 or 4, Stop 331 or 423. Address: 84-1 Pildong 2 – ga, Jung-gu, Seoul. (For taxi drivers: 남산골한옥마을, 주소: 서울특별시 중구, 필동 2가 84-1)
Totoman offers adults and children a view of life in Korea from the 1960’s and 1970’s. The museum focuses on objects of every day life that have gone out of fashion and/or been forgotten. Hours: 10:00-21:00. Admission W1,000. Info: 02-725-1756. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: From Jonggak Station, subway line 1, Stop 131, Exit #3, walk down straight in the direction of Geumgang Shoes towards Insadong. Walk straight along Insadong . Totoman is across from Ssamzzigil on the 2nd Floor, a little before reaching the Foreign Tourists Information Center. Address: 169-2 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul.
Toy Museum (HanlipToy Museum) is a private museum in Haeri Village in Paju in Geyonggi Province (north of Seoul). On display in the museum are about 2000 of the 100,000 toys collected from around the world by So Jae-gyu, the chairman of HanlipToys, a Korean company producing educational toys for children. The basement of the museum features an area called Story Land, where children can play make-believe in a mock village that includes a police station, market, hospital, broadcasting company and beaty salon.
The Trickeye Museum is an art gallery with paintings created using 'trompe l'oeil' techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D. Visitors can interact with the paintings, posing themselves just right so that they look as if they are part of the original work. Hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission: 20:00). Admission: Adults W15,000 / Under 18 W12,000. Address: Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 357-1, Seogyo Plaza B2. Info: 02-3144-6300. Directions: Hongik University Station ( Line 2, Stop 239), Exit 9. Go straight 150m, cross the road, and turn left onto Hongik-ro Street. Go straight 120m, and turn right down the second side street. Continue going 100m to arrive at Trickeye Museum on the right.
Samsung Children’ Museum was designed for children up to 12 years ole. This hands-on museum provides exhibits that children can touch and manipulate. All the descriptions are in Korean, but as it is a ‘hands-on’ museum the kids will still enjoy it, especially the water area. The Samsung Children’ Museum is located opposite a Children’s Traffic school and can be difficult to locate, so make sure you have the phone number with you (02-2143-3600) or be prepared to get help from travel help which can be reached at 1330. Hours: 10AM to 6PM (last adminision is 2 hours before closing) Subway: Jamsil Station, Line 2 (216), exit 8 or exit 2 toward the rear of Sigma TowerParking: in basement of building.
War Memorial Children's Museum & Playground advertises itself as the first children's museum in the world dedicated to the history of war. Admission is free. Hours: Tue-Sun 9AM-6PM / Closed Mondays (last entry one hour before closing). Address: 8 Yongsan-dong 1(il)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Located to the east of the War Memorial). Directions: Samgakji Station Line 4 (Stop 428 / Line 6 Stop 628); about 5-min walk. Kid's Air Base is a playground located in the children's outdoor square.
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Last Updated on 2016-08-08
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