A city where old sits side-by-side with new and traditional culture meets one of the most wired-up populations in the world, Seoul’s unique vibe makes it one of the most intoxicating places in Asia. Heading to the peninsula with the family? The lifestyle experts at Quintessentially have the top 5 kid-friendly activities in the city. Read on to find out more…
40-1 Jamsil 3-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, +82 1544 5110
This self-styled mini city and entertainment centre teaches kids what it’s like to be an adult. Let them play at being a grownup for the day and try out adult jobs including fireman and pizza maker, learn how to “drive” or fix a car – with over 90 different activities on offer suitable for boys and girls of all different ages, it’s a fun way to introduce them to the world of business.
40-1 Jamsil 3-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, +82 2 411 2000
Lotte World is the first and largest theme park in Korea. With both indoor and outdoor areas, it’s the perfect place to come any time of the year (come rain or come snow!) and is packed with exciting rides, shows, performances and activities suitable for kids young and old. The park is also connected to the Lotte World Folk Museum so you can squeeze in a bit of Korean history and culture, as well as the ice rink for cooling down on those steamy summer days.
159 Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, +82 2 6002 6200
COEX Aquarium is one of the best marine parks and aquariums in the country. Boasting over 40,000 creatures and 650 species, it’s an amazing glimpse into an exciting undersea world which follows a stream of water from a river to the deep ocean. Look out for penguins, sharks, deadly jellyfish and king crabs to name just a few!
60 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, +82 2 789 5663
With stunning views over the city, 63 City is, as the name suggests, a 63-storey skyscraper with fabulous views over Seoul and sometimes as far as Incheon. Check out the gourmet restaurants and attractions in this skyscraper: there’s a Sea World, Madame Tussaud’s and Sky Art Gallery. Or just gaze out from the observation deck and take in the sprawling megalopolis.
The Children’s Grand Park lives up to its name and combines a zoo, circus, amusement park and lots of open areas and gardens with the chance to get some fresh air. Check out the aviary and get wet in the water features in the summer – the park is open all year round making it a good autumnal activity.
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