[Wanderlust] Things to do in Seoul with kids (for FREE)

things to do in seoul with kids ihwa mural village
things to do in seoul with kids ihwa mural village

Parents always struggle in planning for holidays with their kids, and in the urban jungle like Seoul; it may totally seem like mission impossible. Myeongdong or Gangnam shopping, expensive theme parks, K-Pop are just things we relate to of Seoul. What if we told you there are FREE or low-cost options that the family can enjoy?

Beautiful parks, zoo, botanical gardens are things to do in Seoul with your kids

Ditch the old thinking, because you will be awe of the quality of parks in Seoul that you can visit in Seoul with your children. The more shocking truth is, most of these activities are FREE.

Children’s Grand Park (서울 어린이대공원) (FREE)

Looking for things to do in Seoul? The park is full of attractions appealing to all ages (yes adults too!). Starting from the main entrance, you will be attracted to a humongous musical fountain showcasing a colorful array of water shows. As you embark on your journey, you will be enticed to take an instagram photo with multiple interesting statues along the way. Within the park, you will be surprised that there is also a zoo, botanical garden, huge children playground, as well as a theme park (charges apply for theme park).

Address
216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 광진구 능동로 216 (능동)

Official Website HERE.

Seoul Forest (서울숲) (FREE)

Seoul Forest had previously undergone a series of changes on Ttukseom (Ttuk Island). Consisting of five parks, Seoul Forest is an eco-friendly zone appreciated not only by the people of the city but also those visiting Seoul. There is bound to be something for you, if you are looking for things to do in Seoul with your kids.

The Eco Forest is a natural habitat for wildlife animals is home to fallow deer, formosan deer, elks, chipmunks, mandarin ducks, mallards, spot-billed ducks and moorhens. The Experiential Learning Park house an insect botanical garden, a wild flower garden and a themed flower garden. We will let you and your kids explore the rest. 

Address
273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 성동구 뚝섬로 273 (성수동1가, 서울숲 관리사무소)

Official Website HERE.

Dream Forest (북서울 꿈의숲) (FREE)

Dream Forest, previously known as Odong Geullin Park, is located at Bun-dong, Gangbuk-gu Seoul; and is the fourth largest park in Seoul. Major attractions of the park include Wolyeongji Pond, Grass Square, Wolgwang Waterfall, Aewoljeong Pavilion, and Chilbokji (confluence of 7 different artificial waterfalls), Event Garden, Children’s Gallery, Wild Grass Garden, Deer Ranch, Exploring Path, Forest Rest, and a water park. 

On the slanted hill side where used to be sleigh slopes are now turned into a complex cultural space with Northern-Seoul Art Center that houses fantastic-looking observatory, performance hall, book café, and gallery; and a restaurant; jumping fountain; and children’s playground. The Dream Forest Observatory is also where drama ‘IRIS’ was filmed.

Naksan Park (낙산공원) (FREE)

For the more sporty families who always wanted to climb a mountain in Seoul, I would recommend going to Naksan Park. It is located in the center of the Seoul, and this historical and beautiful park allows its visitors to view the magnificence of the entire city. Best of all, it is also the lowest mountain that you can hike amongst the rest (cable car up Namsan is not counted as a hike).

Apart from being a simple hike for children, you can also get to the nearby Ihwa Mural Village (이화동벽화마을); which is like a mini mural village like Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan. However, do keep the volume down and try not to disrupt the residents; as there has been some controversy on residents being not so welcoming of visitors in recent years.

Time to plan your next trip to Seoul with your kids, and stop worrying about the things to do in Seoul. Each of these places is probably enough to keep you occupied for the whole day already.

Article by: James @ KAvenyou


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