Seoul and Korea are not known as being the most popular travel destinations in the world, especially not with kids. The country has so much to offer and is incredibly safe, has great public transportation and has loads of unique activities which are great with kids. Take Seoul, for example, a booming mega city.
South Korea does have extreme weather. The best time to visit South Korea is during the spring or autumn where you can avoid the heat of summer or the bitterly cold winters. Many tourist sites close on Monday’s in South Korea so do check in advance.
If you are on a Seoul city break with kids, then this guide will take you through some of the must do’s when visiting!
Visit the Grand Park & Zoo
Seoul is filled with parks, the Grand Park has a huge zoo and petting zoo and the entrance fee only costs 4$ per person. Take time to visit the Children’s Museum and play on the amusement rides.
Seoul Land Theme Park
Next to the zoo, is a stunning rose garden and Seoul Land, which has over 40 different rides, great for kids of all ages.
Seoul Forest Park
The Seoul Forest Park has bunnies and deer that can be fed and the parks along the Han River have outdoor swimming pools open in summer, play grounds and mini car rentals.
Visit kid friendly museums – indoor activity
Many museums in Seoul have their own kids version or offer stamp tours and treasure hunts. The Children’s Museum at the War Memorial of Korea is a great example. Other museums which have a section specially tailored towards kids are the National Folk Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Korea and the Gwacheon National Science Museum.
Seoul also has many museums which are great for young and old, most of these are very interactive and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on your little ones. The best ones being the Teddy Bear Museum, Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze, Figure Museum and the Trick Eye Museum.
COEX aquarium – ideal indoor activity
The Gangnam area, which lies south of the River Han, has loads of activities which are great with kids. There is the COEX aquarium, one of the biggest aquariums in Seoul.
Lotte World Theme Park & Lotte Tower
Lotte World, an indoor and outdoor theme park and is considered as being one of the major recreation parks in Korea. It has its own indoor ice skating rink, a hotel, swimming pool and a Disney like castle. It is a perfect activity to avoid extreme weather and particularly good for toddlers.
Next to Lotte World lies Lotte Tower, the 5th biggest tower in the world with a glass bottomed observation deck on the 123rd floor and Lotte Aquarium.
If you are in need of a stroller, most museums and parks have their own which can be rented or you can rent a stroller at the airport upon arrival and bring it back when leaving the country. The best time to travel with young kids is in spring or autumn. Summer temperatures can reach 40°C or over and winter temperatures can drop as low as -15°C.
Another alternative theme park is Everland Theme Park, but as its mostly outside, choose favourable weather!
Gyeonbokgung Palace – UNESCO Heritage site
Hire a hanbok (traditional Korean outfit) to gain free entry and walk through this beautiful replica building, courtyard and admire the changing of the guard.
Not an ordinary stationery shop but one which will appeal to teens! A huge array of washy tapes, pencil cases, and really cool stuff that they will want to buy! Leave some space in your case if you intend to stop by here.
Visit a Themed Cafe
Hello Kitty and the Princess Diary Cafe are perfect for younger kids and I know my two would find Ddo-Ong, a poo themed paradise, hilarious! Food is even served in miniature toilets!
About the author
My name is Marie, I am originally from Belgium but am now living as a travel blogger based in Seoul, South Korea. My blog is all about South Korea and covers everything from traveling, lifestyle, K-Beauty and more. Korea is much more than just Seoul and this is something I want to convey through my posts and inspire people to explore the rest of this stunning country. For more things to do with kids in Seoul see here.