Activities for Kids - Seoul, Gyeonggi-do
COEX Aquarium is located in the basement of the COEX Mall of ASEM Tower. It offers six thematic exhibition areas and showcases 40,000 marine animals from 500 species from all over the world, including a huge shark tank. Much of the information is in Korean and it is more expensive than the one in the 63 Building. Hours: 10AM to 8PM. Getting there: Subway: Samseong Station, Line 2 (219), exit 5. Parking: ample parking is available in the COEX Mall
COEX Mall is located just south of the Apgujeong shopping area. You'll find lots of kid-friendly stores and restaurants here as well as movie theatres and lots more. Getting there: Subway: Samseong Station, Line 2 (219), exit 5. Parking: ample parking is available in the COEX Mall.
Digital Pavilion opened in 2008 is popular with children and adults. The 4-story Pavilion offers visitors a look into IT-related products in its lifestyle experience center. Free admission. Advance one-day reservations reequired for the Creation floor but none needed for the Exploration & Imagination floors (2 & 3). English services require 2-day prior reservation. Hours: 9:30-18:00 (last entry 17:00) Closed Mondays, 1 January, Lunar New Year, Chuseok Holiday. Address: Nuritkum Square, 396 Worldcupbuk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul. Getting there: Digital Media City Subway Station, Line 6, Stop 618, Exit 2. Cross the street to the bus stop and take bus 7711 or 7730. Get off at Nurikum Square bus stop (4 bus stops) or walk about 10 minutes.More directions and map. Paid parking. Info: 02-2132-0500.
Hilton Christmas Train is a must-see for young and grown-up kids alike, the model train display is a yearly-event at the Millennium Hilton Hotel and runs from mid/end November to mid-February.
Ice-Skating Rinks can be found all over the Seoul area, including surrounding Gyeonggi-do. There are public and private, indoor and outdoor rinks. Information on some of the rinks in the Seoul/Gyeonggi area can be found on the ice skating rink page.
Music Fountain at Seoul Arts Center operates from 15 March to 15 November. Weekdays: 12:00 to 13:00, 18:30 to 20:00, 21:30 to 22:30. Weekends/Holidays: 12:00 to 13:00, 14:30 to 16:30, 18:30 to 20:00 and 21:30 to 22:30. Closed Mondays and if it's raining.
Jogy-sa is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Seoul. A beautiful and ornate temple, it is the headquarters of the Chogyejong Budhist Order and is famous for the lantern festival held in early May to mark Buddha’s birthday. Tel: 02-732-2115.
Rolling Ball Children’s Museum in Gyeonggi-do, Anyang Kidsmom Center. Children can play with “rolling balls,” a kind of kinetic art, using a variety of tools. Located near exit 8 of Indeogwon Station, subway line 4. Admission W9,000 (free for children under 24 months). Info 1544-9986 or visit museum website (both Korean only).
Seoul Tower is one of Seoul’s more popular tourist attractions. Elevators whisk you to the top of the 135.7 meter observation needle where you have a 360-degree view of the city. The Tower overlooks a large plaza and pavilion; you may access the cable car that services Seoul Tower from the pavilion area. The tower offers entertainment space and restaurants, some of which close at around midnight. Hours: vary between 10AM and midnight depending on where you go– Pavilion B 11AM to 6PM
The 63 Building has been Korea's tallest building. It has a small but interesting aquarium and Seoul’s only IMAX cinema. Headphones are available so that you can enjoy the IMAX film in English. The glass elevator to the observatory deck provides a breathtaking view of Seoul. Hours: 10AM to 9PM. Subway: Yeouinaru Station, Line 5 (527), Exit 3, plus a 10-minute walk.Parking: Available on 1F, 2B and 3B. Keep you entrance ticket for a discount on the cost.
- Hangang Park has a number of outdoor swimming pools that are open from 30 June to 26 August. The admission fee is 3,000 won for children, 4,000 won for teenagers, and 5,000 won for adults. Credit cards are accepted. The pools are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. or later on particularly hot nights.
- Itaewon Elementary School has a pool that can be used by the public. They also offer swimming lessons. Call 798-9779 for more info (Korean-speaker probably). The school is located accross the way from Noksapyong Station (629) - directly accross the street from the elevator exit.
- The Hamilton Hotel pool is another option. Costs are W10,000 during the week and W12,000 on Saturday and Sunday. For more info call 02-794-0171.
- The Sheraton Walker Hill opens its outdoor pool to non-members during the summer. For more info call 02-453-0121.
- DYFitness: Located in the Gangnam area. Swimming lessons available (including for babies and children). Pool number 02-559-5131(Korean speaker). Map (in Korean). Address: Seoul 135-080, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong No. 772 ((135-080) 서울시 강남구 역삼동 772번지)
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Last Updated on 2017-09-27
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