About Stewart H
Lives in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Since Jul. 2014
25-34 year old male
I've been based in Seoul the last few years and Korea has continued to capture my heart as the years go by. But I also feel even one lifetime isn't enough to fully explore what's out there so I try and head out of Seoul whenever I can. Traveling, making friends, gaining new perspectives, and lots of good eating is all that I need to live a happy life. Visit my blog for more info about Seoul! http://whatsstewin.blogspot.com
Theme Parks, Parks, Gardens
Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Sports Complexes, Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Natural History Museums
One of Korea's most popular amusement parks, Lotte World is also one of Seoul's best comprehensive attractions for families with kids of all ages. It has indoor and outdoor amusement parks, an indoor ice skating rink, shows, shops, and more.
Everland is one of Korea's biggest amusement parks and the best for those with older kids who enjoy big rides and roller coasters. The crown jewel here is the T Express, a wooden roller coaster with a top speed of 104km/hour and 77-degree drops - the steepest in the world among wooden roller coasters! Another popular attraction is the safari park, featuring giraffes, white tigers, and other animals.
Caribbean Bay is one of Korea's largest and most popular water parks, as well as the most accessible from Seoul. Located next to Everland, the immense Caribbean Bay includes multiple water slides, an enormous wave pool, surfing ride, and more. Inflatable floats, cabanas, and other things can be rented, while parents can also enjoy the spa and sauna.
The Seoul Children's Grand Park is dedicated to children and includes in its enormous space - a zoo, small amusement park, performance areas, a botanical garden, and plenty of parking space.
63 City, located inside the 63 building in Yeoido, offers multiple attractions for children of all ages - including an aquarium, wax museum, art gallery, IMAX theater, and marionette theater. Shops, bakeries, and eateries are also located inside the complex.
The cable car up to N Seoul Tower on Namsan, right in the center of Seoul, is a favorite for visitors of all ages. Children will enjoy riding the clear cable cars up and down the mountain, while adults can enjoy the panoramic views both during the ride and up at the top.
From the deep sea to the Amazonian rivers, the Coex Aquarium highlights some 600 different fish and wildlife. The seals, penguins, sharks, and turtles are especially popular. The aquarium is located within the sprawling COEX mall, at Samseong Station, making it an easily accessible spot.
Though relatively new to Seoul, the Trick Eye Museum has quickly become a popular tourist attraction due to its creative and amusing pictures and sights. Visitors can pose and interact with a variety of whimsical pictures, making it seem as though one is fighting a skilled martial artist, fleeing a dragon attack, trapped inside famed works of art and more.
The high-paced and energetic Nanta show is one of Korea's biggest non-verbal performance shows, combining music, traditional Korean percussion music, cooking, drama and other elements. The show's storyline is easy to follow for all ages, while the sounds and sights are sure to keep young children entertained.
Cinema-loving families should take a trip to the CGV Stadium movie theater, located within Time Square Mall in Yeongdeungpo. The Stadium not only boasts the world's largest screen in the world (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records), at 31.4 meters in width and 13 meters in height, but it also has some 50 speakers to give movie watchers the ultimate experience. If that's not enough to get you excited, try catching one of the special movies shown in 4DX - your seat will rumble along with the action on screen, wind will blow in your face, fog will appear, mist will spray, and even scents will linger in the air! While kids are enjoying their movie, parents can also have some time off together in the adults-only Gold Class theater. Designed to give movie watchers the experience of flying first class - with access to a private lounge filled with snacks, eats, and drinks - the movie theater seats are also premium in design and comfort with plush couches, cushions, footrest and more.
Families who are into shopping should not miss out on Dongdaemun market. Not only is the enormous area, Korea's largest retail and wholesale shopping district, but it's open 24 hours a day, making it a favorite of shopping enthusiasts. Korean fashion is already famous in Asia, and here store after store offers the latest Korean fashion at reasonable prices. Late night shopping into the wee hours of the morning is especially popular, while plenty of eateries and street food stalls are located nearby for re-fueling.
This is the collective name for the different parks located along the banks of the Han River - the major river that bisects Seoul. In addition to paths along the river, other activities include bicycle rental and bike paths, a rollerskating rink, water sports, swimming pool (only in summer), and more - plenty to enjoy for all members of the family.
This museum, located inside the National Museum of Korea, offers kids the chance to experience life in Korea's past, through interactive presentations, displays, and other exhibitions about the clothing, music, warfare, and other aspects of life.
This cluster of traditional Korean homes (Hanoks) offers visitors a glimpse at what home life was like during the Joseon Dynasty, with gorgeously restored homes you can see from the inside and out. For families with children, it's best to go on weekends when traditional activities such as archery, calligraphy, traditional wedding ceremony enactments, taekwondo, and more are offered.
The Hangang ferry takes you up and down the Han River, which cuts through the middle of Seoul. The mix of nature against the city skyline offers lots of photo opportunities, while the smooth ferry ride gives the whole family a chance to relax and enjoy the city.
The Children's Folk Museum is located inside the National Folk Museum of Korea, within the grounds of Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace). The small museum is free and dedicated to shedding light on the folk life of Koreans in the past - including exhibitions on popular children's folk stories, traditional folk games, and more.
This sprawling park, built for the 1988 Seoul summer Olympics, will be enjoyed by families who love doing outdoor activities together. There are various paths to explore (for both walking and cycling), which take you around lakes, past interesting sculptures, and close to relics from Korea's Baekje Dynasty. Various stadiums, facilities, and other buildings from the 1988 Olympics can also be found in the park, as well as the Olympic Museum, which allows visitors to relive the 1988 Seoul Olympics through images, presentations, and other guides.
Banpodaegyo, or Banpo Bridge, is a two-story bridge that transforms into a magical fountain show at night. The Rainbow Fountain is a free 15-minute show of lights, music, and water jets, and has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest bridge fountain. While perhaps not worth a trek just to see the fountain show, the nearby Banpo park has a bike trail, playground, basketball court, picnic areas, convenience store, and a cafe - great for families looking to spend a day in the park.
For a good general feel of traditional Seoul, Insadong is an area with plenty to offer families - beautiful and rustic tea houses (often housed in beautifully renovated traditional Korean homes), good street food and restaurants, and plenty of shops.
This natural history museum holds three stories of exhibitions highlighting things such as how the earth came to be, the origins of life, and more. The museum unfortunately doesn't offer explanations or guides in English, but children will still have plenty to see and do. Kid-friendly highlights include the dinosaur and prehistoric animal fossils, collections of insects and reptiles, a small aquarium and other interactive activities.