This post has been a long time coming but I just didn’t have the time to write the post. I got reminded again by my 2 year’s old this morning during our morning commute when he told us that he wanted to go to Korea again. He wanted to eat a double cheeseburger and fries and go to Pororo Park in Korea. I’m constantly amused by the snippets of things he remembers about each trip.
If you are reading this post, you are probably planning a trip to Seoul and wondering if there are any kids friendly activities because afterall isn’t Seoul known to be a shopping and food haven? I too had a long laundry list of things to buy (mainly skin care) and things to see (mainly shopping and fabric hauls) but I knew I had to incorporate things that the bub can enjoy too. So besides locating a huge mall of kids clothing and a toys wholesale centre, we had loads of fun at Pororo Park and the Coex Aquarium.
Junior is already well acquainted with Pororo and his friends even before we set foot in Seoul. And we have also visited the Pororo Park in Singapore which by the way was kind of a disappointment for me because it is a very small vicinity with limited things to occupy the bub. I was worried it might be the same case in Seoul. But because I didn’t think Junior might enjoy Lotte World that much, we decided to give Pororo Park a shot.
All 3 of us thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The place is probably twice the size of Pororo Park Singapore. There were easily 6 different play areas with 3 different kinds of rides, of which 1 was the tram ride. I’ll caveat here to say that the park is most suited for kids between 1 to probably 6 because most of the play areas/rides are really more toddler friendly.
What the mister and I enjoyed the most was the Pororo Show. The show runs at specific timing and approximately 15mins for each show. Each show is a singalong and dance and for the characters to interact with the kids. What really impressed me was how casual the show was. While kids should be seated during the show, they are ok for the kids to roam about even on the stage before/after the show even when the characters were still around. The characters had no qualms in playing along and disturbing the kids throughout the session which made many kids very happy. They also lingered on long after the show was over just so that kids could get a hug or a touch of their favourite characters which I thought was really nice. By the way, characters also roam about to the play areas so that they can interact with the kids.
Each entry is for 2 hours which in my opinion wasn’t enough given the size of the place. But it is definitely worth a visit.
Address: 240 Olympic-ro,Songpa-gu, Seoul (Jamsil Station Line 2 & 8, exit 3)
Opening hours: All days execpt Saturday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm
Admission: Adults 10,000won (approx SGD$12.50), Children 20,000won (approx SGD$25)
We’ve heard good things about the aquarium from friends who have been before so we thought we’ll also plan this in our itinerary. The Coex Aquarium is one of South Korea’s largest Aquariums with approximately 40,000 creatures from over 650 species on display. The displays are done in 16 different zone each with a different theme. From Garden of Korea to Deep Blue Sea Tunnel. Besides fishes, there are also other local animals like birds, otters, pariah dogs etc.
The place may seem small from the outside but infact it’s really quite a huge place. Going there on a weekday also meant that the crowd was minimal which was good for us. While the exhibits weren’t extremely impressive, it was still a fun walk nonetheless and it helps that they have some small local animals that catches Junior’s attention. And also plenty of room for him to roam around and run about.
Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Subway line 9 to BongEunSa station or Subway line 2 to Samsung Station
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm
Admission: Adult 25,000won (approx SGD$31.25), Children 4-12 19,000won (approx SGD$23.75)