5 Places to Travel in South Korea with Kids

As an expat mom living in Asia with my husband and young daughter, I find traveling in South Korea with children far easier than in many countries. Travel in South Korea is an educational feast for all family members with its wealth of cultural traditions. Throughout the country, you’ll find plentiful spaces in which kids are welcomed to play and learn. Here are five of my favorite places to travel in South Korea with kids.

Cherry blossoms in Busan, South Korea
Cherry blossoms in Busan, South Korea (Photo credit: cozyta, Depositphotos.com)

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1. Seoul and surrounding areas

There are a number of activities for parents and kids alike in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. Insadong, a Seoul neighborhood (or dong) once known as the largest market for antiques and artwork in Korea, is a delight and very safe. Children will enjoy looking at traditional Korean crafts here such as Buddhist sculptures and masks.

Ilsan, not far from Seoul by train, offers incredible parks that are popular with Korean families. Our favorite is Lake Park, which offers plenty of space and nature for toddlers to explore.

About 25 miles south of Seoul is Yongin, home of one of the world’s largest theme parks, Everland. After a day of amusements, on-site restaurants such as Han-ga-ram and Holland Village offer a fun ambience for kids as well as great food.

Everland Amusement Park in Seoul, Korea
Everland Amusement Park in Seoul (Photo credit: praewa_koreashopping@hotmail.com, Depositphotos.com)

2. Gangwon-do Province

One of South Korea’s most well-known family destinations is Gangwon-do Province. Nature lovers will find plenty of activities here, including exploring natural caves in the national parks near the Taebaek Mountain range.

The region along Gangwon-do’s East Sea is where many Koreans vacation for summer holidays. Families love Mansang Beach in Donghae City for its white sand and shallow water.

Taebaek Mountain Range Seoraksan National Park
Taebaek Mountain Range Seoraksan National Park (Photo credit: VadimOZ, Depositphotos.com)

3. Paju

Lesser known Paju is about one hour from Seoul in Gyeonggi province. It’s known for its amazing dubu (tofu) and insam (ginseng). Paju is home to a few must-see places for families. Kids will have tons of fun at Honey Land, an amusement/water park.

Meanwhile, Book City, a center dedicated to publishing and literature, is both educational and entertaining for all ages. One of my favorite places in Paju is Heyri Art Village, a sister of Book City. This is where over 370 writers, artists, cineastes, architects, and musicians maintain artistic spaces, houses, work rooms, museums, and galleries. Stroll through Heyri’s cafes, art exhibits, book stores, antique shops, a cinema, theater, and music hall.

Korean tea and desserts
Korean tea and desserts (Photo credit: CoffeeMate, Depositphotos.com)

4. Geumchon District

My family lived in Geumchon for one year and experienced firsthand the inviting nature of this region, with children welcome in seemingly every restaurant. The Gaeseong Ginseng Festival happens every October and draws families from all over the country. Kids especially love the Imjingang Kite Flying Festival in February, where they can play traditional Korean folk games.

During our stay in Geumchon, the local coffee shop we frequented basically adopted our family; we even referred to the owners as our daughter’s Korean grandma and grandpa. They adored her. Children were often running around and causing chaos in their café but no one seemed to mind. This put my mind at ease since it can be a challenge to go out with toddlers, let alone travel with them!

Women wearing hanboks in South Korea
Women wearing hanboks in South Korea (Photo credit: anekoho, Depositphotos.com)

5. Busan

The second largest city in South Korea after Seoul is Busan (formerly spelled Pusan). It is another fabulous family-friendly destination. Every Saturday in Yongdusan Park you’ll find Traditional Folk Performances featuring music, dance, and elaborate costumes.

On our honeymoon in Busan, my husband and I went to a traditional dado tea ceremony at the Tea-Ceremony Museum at Pusan Women’s College. All of the staff were dressed in vibrant hanboks (ornate, traditional Korean dresses). This made me long to buy hanboks for myself and my daughter! Many traditional tea houses in South Korea offer some caffeine-free varieties for children to enjoy, such as sweet ginger and red ginseng.

Colorful houses in Busan
Colorful houses in Busan (Photo credit: efired, Depositphotos.com)

Truly, Korea is the most kid-friendly country I have ever visited in my extensive travels. South Korea has so much to offer the world — I hope more families will bring their children to discover this amazing country.

Would you like to visit South Korea with kids? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Elizabeth Kelsey is part of a British-American nomadic, unschooling family, currently residing in Phuket, Thailand. Their blog, Sattvic Family, details their lives as a homeschooling family as well as their travels throughout Europe and Asia.

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  1. Thanks for the info. I will be traveling to Korea with my 11month old baby and I wasn’t sure how family friendly it was.

    Last month we traveled around Europe and both me and my wife where amazed on how kid friendly Lisbon, Portugal was. Everywhere we went we would have priority for having a baby. I had never had so many random people be so friendly and loving to my baby. It was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone traveling to Europe.

  2. H! Just a question on logistics when traveling to Korea. So my family and I are thinking about traveling to Korea in the summer time. Any tips? We somehow have to get from Incheon to Seoul…I know there is a bus that will take you from Incheon to Seoul, but will a convertible car seat work on a big bus? Just wondering. Any helpful tips would be appreciated!

    1. Hey Sarah! Korea is lovely in the summer, although it can get really hot! I’m not sure regarding the car seat. I had my daughter on my lap whenever we took the bus or train.