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Educational Venues for Kids-Seoul, Gyeonggi-do

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Bank of Korean Monetary Museum is all about money. Visitors can use the money checking machine to make sure that not of their cash is counterfeit.  Admission is free. Open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Getting there: Take Subway line 4 to Heohyeon Station (Stop 425) and go out Exit 7. Tel: 02-759-4881.

Digital Pavilion is located in Digital Media City in Mapo-gu, Seoul. 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 required for the Creation floor (reserve online here or call 02-2132-0500~02) but none needed for the Exploration & Imagination floors (2 & 3). Foreigners contact: Note 2nd Floor admission restricted to 14+. Hours: 9:30-18:00 (last entry 17:00) Closed Sunday, 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.

FEELUX Lighting Museum is located just outside Seoul and is the only museum in Korea specializing in the history of lighting and is a wonderful place to look around. The traditional lighting room presents every type of illumination from prehistoric candle lights to various types of lamps throughout history, including those of Korea. The modern room begins with Edison's light bulb of 1897 all the way down to optic fiber and LED lights. Headlights on bikes and cars are also shown.There are also five theme rooms with different lighting arrangements to show how the room atmosphere differs according to varying types of illumination. A light therapy room demonstrates how light affects the body and brain, as well as other knowledge about mixing lights. The museum is located just north of Seoul in Yangju City. To get to Yangju you can take bus numbers 32,32-1 or 133 from Yangju Station on the Gyeongwon railway line. 

Gwacheon National Science Museum includes the Sciencetorium where 50% of the exhibition items are interactive, allowing visitors to jump in and experience science first-hand using both their minds and their imaginations. The planetarium, observatory, outdoor exhibition venue, and insect ecosystem center are located nearby. Hours: 09:30-17:30 (last entry 16:30). Closed Mondays and 01 January (if Monday is a holiday, the museum will close the first weekend after the public holiday. Admission: Adults W4,000 / Youth  (7-19) W2,000. Address: 110, Sanghabeol-ro, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do. Getting there: Subway to Seoul Grand Park Station, Line 4, Stop 437, directly in front of Exit 5. English, Japanese, Chinese (PDA guide system). Paid parking.

National Museum of Art provides a variety of educational programs for children as well as a travelling exhibition service that goes around the country. Many of these programs are in Korea-only, but young children often adapt very well even when they don't understand the language. Moreover, there is likely to be someone with some English who can help. Hours: May-October 10am to 8pm Weekdays/ Weekends10am to 7pm. November to following February 10am to 8pm Weekdays / Weekends 10am to 6pm. More details on museum website. Directions: Subway line 1: Exit #1 of Seoul City Hall station (in  the direction of the Seosonum annex building of Seoul City Hall) / Subway line 2 : Exit #11 or #12 of Seoul City Hall station / Subway line 5 : Exit #5 of Gwanghwamun station.

Paper Museum - Jong Ie Nara offers visitors a glimpse into the history of paper art in Korea through its collection of works ranging from traditional artifacts made with rice paper to modern paper art. The Small Exhibition Hall features paper sculptures for children and students.The museum also runs various art programs for all age groups, such as the “origami class for children” and “rice paper craft,” and teacher training programs in various genres related to paper art.Getting there: Dongguk University, line 3, stop 332, exit 3. Info:02-2264-4560. Hours: Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:30am. ~ 6pm. (No admittance after 5:30). Closed Sundays and national holidays. Free admission except for some special exhibitions. Website has some English.

Seoul National Science Museum is a an interested place to visit for both adults and children. It offers regular programs for students and special exhibitions tailored for a wide range of age groups. It is located near exit 4 of Hyehwa Station on subway line 4. Tel: 02-3668-2200. Map on website.  The website offers information in English.
Green Science Experience Zone - Open from 10am to 4pm/Closed 12-1pm. Free of charge - participation by order of arrival. Activity:  Making Rubber balls, Pinwheels, Toy ducks, Toy monkeys and Walking toys with easily found materials like papercups, wood chopsticks and straws. 

Songam Space Center is located at a scenic site on the summit of Hyeongjebong Peak of Gyemyeongsan Mountain in Jangheung-myeon, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do. Visitors needs to take a cable car to reach the center as it is placed on the highest peak (450m) of Gyemyeongsan Mountain. Launched as a new form of theme park,  the center has a 60cm Ritchey-Chretien telescope and ultramodern telescopes. Visitors are also guided closer to space at the Challenger Learning Center with its challenger simulators. , Asia’s first of its kind, and one of the world’s first next-generation challenger simulators. Admission W5,000 Adults, W3,000 Children and  free for children under 4
Star Pass (admissions including Observatory and Planetarium): W26,000 Adults. Admission to Observatory: W22,000 Adults, W20,000 for 7 to 18 y-o-a and W18,000 for 4 to 6 y-o-a. Hours: 11:00am to 11pm. Last admission at 7pm. Closed on Mondays. Tel: 031-894-6000.

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Last Updated on 2017-08-22

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