WITH LEIA & LAUREN
We asked Peter Lok, father to adorable twins Leia and Lauren to let us in on the top 5 places to visit in Seoul with your little ones. See his recommendations below.
We have always loved Seoul for its food and shopping experience, where you can get tons of Korean beauty products for a steal. As a bustling city, we thought it would be difficult with kids but when a friend shared that Seoul is baby-friendly and there are actually many theme parks and attractions for kids, we decided to bring the girls to give it a try. Furthermore, it was the start of autumn with perfect mid-20 degrees weather, and boy did we have a jolly good time exploring the different attractions! Here’s our round-up of 5 family-friendly places to visit in Seoul.
Located less than one hour of drive from Seoul, Everland is Korea’s largest and most popular theme park. Great for both adults and kids, this massive fantasy park, comprising of five uniquely themed zones – Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure and Zootopia. It is also home to South Korea’s first wooden roller coaster, the T-Express. For kids, we recommend going straight to Zootopia to visit the animals and taking the safari rides.
Opening hours: Daily from 10am-10pm
Entry tickets: USD30
One and a half drive away from Seoul, Jade Garden is a European style luxury arboretum settled in a beautiful valley, a peace of tranquillity in the Chuncheon area. We visited in a cool misty morning where the whole family had a good time strolling along the garden paths and crossing suspended bridges before taking a coffee break at a waterfall point.
Operating hours: 09 AM – Sunset
Entry tickets: USD7
Also located in Chuncheon, Alpaca World is the largest rainforest park in Korea. It is here we got to pet, feed and walk (briefly) with alpacas in nature. There are many other farm animal activities such as pony feeding, horse riding and a deer safari train. A total of 5 cafes spread throughout the park boasting panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Even if you are not into Alpacas, the fresh hilltop air and spacious manicured gardens makes this a wonderful place to spend the day.
Opening hours: 10 AM to sunset (closed Mon/Tues)
Entry Fees: USD15 excluding rides and activities
Literally off its name, this little French village is the romantic setting for several popular Korean dramas including ‘Secret Garden’. We visited this as a morning stop from a day tour and this small ‘village’ looks like a movie set with coloured houses that makes for great photo opportunities.
Opening hours: 9 AM to sunset
Entry Fees: USD10
(Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20)
Artsy cafes aplenty in Seoul but what makes this cartoon cafe stands out amongst the Instagram crowd is its clever play of monochromatic sketches and optical illusions. With only 6 tables and 2 are in the highly prized indoor area, this is not really a place for kids but mentioned here just for its quirky look.
Opening hours: 11 AM to 9 PM
With thanks to Peter Lok X