CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
When I heard a new children’s museum had opened up by the War Memorial right across from USAG-Yongsan, I was excited to check it out with my little guy and some friends. We parked on post and had a nice walk through the airplane section to the new building.
The outdoor section has a fun little airplane themed playground, an eating area (as no food is allowed in the museum), and ample space for outdoor events. I am guessing there will be some fun programs during the warmer months.
Inside there are a number of rooms that lead through various exhibits about Korea’s war history. Some are fun and informative, while others are a bit scary for the little ones. Be aware of your surroundings and I recommend you avoid pushing any of the buttons for the large movie screens (especially in room C – “Sorrow over the Lost Country” – which shows a cartoon of the Mugunghwa Grannies being taken by the Japanese).
There are number of fun photo opportunities throughout the museum, including a trick eye, as well as interactive puzzles and games.
The last section is the “play” area – with a padded play area for children under 110 cm and a large climbing section for children who are taler than 110 cm. Be aware – there are attendants who will measure your kids’ heights and they will NOT let them climb if they are shorter than 110 cm (my 4 1/2 year old was too short and NOT happy!)
There is a coloring area, a fun looking gift shop, and a small cafe with outdoor seating. The entrance has a library, baby feeding room, restrooms, and storage lockers.
So in short, a fun little place for a visit, when combined with the planes outside and the larger War Memorial/Museum, as long as your kids will fit into the height requirements inside. From the website, it says their target audience is children ages 8-10.
Website: http://www.kidswarmemo.or.kr (Korean only, English coming soon)
Head here for information on the main museum: http://koreaye.com/war-memorial-korea/
Phone: 02)709-3200 (reservations for larger groups (15+) recommended)
Hours: 09:00 to 18:00 by hourly ticket reservation (Last admission is at 17:00); Closed Mondays (and national holidays)
Capacity: 60 people
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Address: 29, 140-021, Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon (Yongsan-dong, Seoul 1)
주소: 140-021 서울특별시용산구이태원로29 (용산동1가) 전쟁기념관어린이박물관
Parking is available at the War Memorial Facility
GPS Coordinates: 37.5337554, 126.98049049999997
Line 6, Samgakji Station, Exit 11 or 12 (3 minute walk)
Line 4, Samgakji Station Exit 1 (5 minute walk)
War Memorial stop – 110A, 110B, 740, 421, Yongsan 03
Samgakji Station – 421, 149, 150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 504, 605, 750A, 750B, 751, 752, 502, 506, 507
Airport Bus – 6001