Traveling with kids can be exhausting and challenging, but if you choose the right family-friendly destination, your family holiday will become a blast!
With that said, consider taking a family trip to Seoul, one of the most children-friendly cities in the world. Here are the reasons why.
1. Clean and Safe
As one of the safest and cleanest cities, Seoul is a fabulous destination to travel with kids. It is relatively safe to take a walk and stay out late at night, and you can spot Korean police officers patrolling the streets very often.
Public restrooms are clean and they are usually built with a diaper changing station and seat protector that will make your life tremendously easier.
2. Foreigner & English-Friendly
Traveling within the city of Seoul is very convenient as the signs are written in both Korean and English and many tourist information centers are installed all over the city.
Many of the stores and shops have either names or signs in English, so finding a way to your desired destination will not be a problem.
3. Super Convenient Public Transportation System
Widely praised for the remarkable public transportation system, subway, buses, and trains in Seoul are fast, readily available and punctual. You can even track your bus or subway via transport apps in real time!
When the seats are full, take your kids to the ends of the subway car where the reserved seating for pregnant women, elderly and young children are.
Though it can be hectic when you take a subway in major stations like Hongdae, Gangnam, and Myeongdong, otherwise, the public transportation system in Seoul makes traveling with your family very convenient.
4. Easy Access To International Cuisine
Seoul is a global metropolis that accommodates diverse cultures, so it’s not difficult for you to find an international cuisine across the city. Head over to Itaewon, for instance, a neighborhood where many foreign residents live and the restaurants are run by foreigners. Here, you can enjoy your meal feeling just like home!
It will be great if all of your family members enjoy the local foods, however, if your kid is a picky eater, give them a treat like ‘Bingsu’, a shaved ice dessert. No kids can deny this irresistibly delicious dessert! 😉
5. Authentic local experiences that are family-friendly
Let your children experience an authentic Korean culture by taking them to ‘Jjimjilbang,’ or a Korean sauna. These jjimjilbang complexes usually feature bathhouses, spas, outdoor pools, cinemas, snack bars and many more that offer families both relaxation and entertainment. One of the most famous jjimjilbangs in Seoul is Dragon Hill Spa. This place provides clean and quality facilities as well as foreigner-friendly services that other saunas do not typically offer.
If you’re not keen on jjimjilbang, ‘Noraebang (karaoke room)’ can be a great place to spend the best time with your kids as well. While your kids are singing and dancing, YOUR stress will be gone, too!
6. Home to parks, nature & green spaces
Seoul is a city that has plenty to offer when it comes to family parks and green spaces. The Han River Parks are the most iconic picnic areas to enjoy a family day out. Play catch or frisbee with your child at one of these parks or teach your child how to ride a bicycle.
7. Plenty of indoor activities to enjoy on a rainy day
Don’t let bad weather ruin your family holiday! On rainy days, try a visit to Lotte World, the best indoor amusement park in the city.
Featuring plenty of thrilling rides and attractions, Lotte World offers a fun-filled day of excitement for all ages. 100% satisfaction is guaranteed!
However, if you are a parent looking for more relaxing (of course, fun) activity to do with your kids in Seoul, visit COEX Mall.
It is the largest underground shopping center in Asia. It also offers a stroller service and nursery rooms, so jot this down. 😉
Above all the entertainments COEX Mall offers, you and your family should visit the famous COEX Aquarium, which showcases 130 exhibition tanks and 90 breeding tanks of wonderful marine life and sea creatures.
Let your kids get up close to the tanks or have fun with friendly sea creatures at the touch pool. 🙂
8. Festivals all year round!
Throughout the year, Seoul city holds various cultural and seasonal festivals and events for both locals and foreign visitors to take part in and celebrate.
From performances to hands-on programs and activities, Seoul is definitely the best travel destination for families to visit all year round.
9. Free attractions for kids
Traveling with kids in Seoul can be expensive, but you can find some fascinating attractions around the city where you can save some money because the admission fees for children are FREE!
Children’s Grand Park, for example, is a fascinating place that offers utmost fun. It has a zoo, botanical garden, a variety of performances and many more entertainment options. Plus, children under 5 years old are free of charge! But do note that you can be charged at other facilities inside the Children’s Grand Park.
Deoksugung Palace is another awe-inspiring attraction in Seoul where children under 7 are free of charge. Among the five grand royal palaces in Seoul, it is the only royal palace where you can find western style buildings inside the complex. This is also where the Changing of Royal Guards Ceremony take place as well. For more info, click here.
10. Traditional & cultural experiences that will expand the horizon of your child’s perspectives
Do you want your children to understand and appreciate diverse cultures? Then you must let them experience the Korean traditional culture firsthand! Here are a few to try. Stay a night at ‘Hanok’ or a Korean traditional house in Bukchon Village in Seoul, one the most popular neighborhoods in the city, with an authentic traditional atmosphere.
Or rent and try on a Korean traditional dress called ‘Hanbok‘ for a day.
Some other traditional and cultural experiences that your family can try are a Korean cooking class and a craft experience with a Korean traditional paper called ‘Hanji‘ which will spark your child’s creativity! For details, click here.
Now that you’ve read this blog, give your children the best travel experiences and memories they will never forget in Seoul.
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