Spending the holidays abroad with the family has become much more attainable now because more and more airlines, especially low-cost carriers, offer promo fares to patient bargain-hunters. Bolstered by the continuing popularity of K-Pop and K-Dramas, the Korean cultural wave or “Hallyu” has been contributing largely to Seoul being a top choice for traveling families.
Seoul is Korea’s largest city and is considered its economic and political center. Not surprisingly, there are tons of fun and interesting things to do and places to visit in and around Seoul. Its carefully planned cityscape and impeccable transportation system make moving in and out of the city very convenient and efficient. Yep, even for kids!
The city is a great choice for families who want to have an out-of-the-country trip with the little ones. We always encourage parents visiting Seoul to immerse their children in Korean culture and teach them to appreciate history and tradition, so don’t skip the incredible palaces and other historic landmarks. But if you’re looking for recommendations for the good old kiddie treats to add to your itinerary, here are ten tourist spots in and around Seoul that could paint a wide smile on their faces.
Note: Filipino children traveling without either parent must have a DSWD Clearance to be allowed to exit the country. To get one, read: DSWD Clearance
*Most of the images below were provided by Klook.
1. Lotte World
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10:00pm (Monday – Thursday); 9:30am – 11:00pm (Friday – Sunday)
Location: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Nearest Train Station: Jamsil Station Exit 4 on Line No.2 and No.8
2. Vivaldi Park Snowy Land
Opening Hours: Winter (usually opens in November), 08:30am-5pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Location: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
How to get there: By bus. From Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal in Seoul, take a bus to Hongcheon. Then transfer to Bus. No. 70-1 or 70-2. Travel time: 90 mins.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Location: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (easily accessible from Seoul)
Nearest Train Station: Jeondae Everland Station on the Yongin Ever Line
If you don’t want to think about the how-to-get-there part and worry about going back to Seoul, you can also book your Everland ticket with shuttle service.
If you want to skip the long queue and maximize your time in Everland, the Q-Pass will save the day!
4. Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 8:30pm
Location: 12, Insa-dong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Nearest Train Station: Jongno 3-ga Station, Subway Line 5 (5-minute walk from the station)
5. Seoul Land Theme Park
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10:00pm
Location: 181 Gwangmyeong-ro, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Nearest Train Station: Line 4 Seoul Grand Park Station Exit 2
6. Figure Museum W
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (closed every Monday)
Location: 84-9 Cheongdam-dong, Street 3, 158 Seolleung Road, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Nearest Train Station: Apgujeong Redeo Street Station Line 3, Exit 4
7. Trickeye 3D Museum
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Location: Seogyo Plaza B2, 357-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Nearest Train Station: Hongik University Station (Line 2), Exit 9
8. Teseum Teddy Bear Museum
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Location: CIZN Building B1, 19 Jibong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Nearest Train Station: Dongmyo Station (Line 1 & 6), Exit 6
9. N Seoul Tower
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm (Sunday – Friday); 10:00am – 12:00mn (Saturday)
Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Nearest Train Station: Dongguk University Station (Line 3), Exit 6. (From there: take Bus 02, 03, or 05)
10. Nami Island & Petite France Tour
Petite France Opening Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sunday – Thursday); 9:00am – 8:00pm (Friday & Saturday)
Seoul is the usual jumping-off point of this tour.
Bonus: Other Attractions:
- Children’s Grand Park
- Seoul’s Children’s Museum
- Seoul Forest
- Dream Forest
- Olympic Park
- Namsangol Hanok Village
- Korean Folk Village
- Hello Kitty Cafe
- Norang Cafe
- Dongdaemun Market’s Toy Alley
- Poo poo Land
- Onemount Snow Park & Water Park
- Caribbean Bay
- Grevin Living Waxwork Museum