8-Day Korea Itinerary: Family with young kids in December PART 1


A winter holiday – something that our family has been wanting for a long time since we have never seen snow, yes, including me! There was no doubt about it, KOREA was the destination this year (I admit I might’ve had my own agenda, what with all the K-drama I’ve been binging on) and believe it or not, the kids and the hubby were completely, and easily, sold on the idea!


The hubby and I started on our quest to make this the most memorable trip for the family. We have booked our flights, our accommodation, started shopping for more winter wear, and most importantly, penned down our 8-day itinerary!


It’s work in progress for now but I can’t wait for 07 December to come! Here’s what we have come up thus far!



Day 1: Gyeongbokgung Palace


Image credit: Visit Korea


Since we would’ve just spent most of the day travelling, we’ve decided to do something less taxing and head to Gyeongbokgung Palace to expose the kids to some culture and the main objective – to rent a hanbok and have a royal photoshoot to commemorate the trip! To top it off, I’m told the entrance to the palace is free when you wear a hanbok!


How to get to Gyeongbokgung: Take Seoul Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station and exit at Exit 1 or go to Gyeongbokgung Station on the same line and take Exit 5.


Opening Hours:
November-February 09.00-17.00
March-May 09.00-18.00
June-August 09.00-18.30
September-October 09.00-18.00
Closed every Tuesday



Day 2: Lotte World


Image credit: Visit Korea


Being the largest theme park in Korea and the only one in Seoul, we cannot miss going to Lotte World. It’s a two-part theme park that provides outdoor thrill rides and a castle in the “Magic Island” area. If that’s not enough, there’s also the world’s largest Ocean Ecology Tank in Lotte World Aquarium where we can take the opportunity to also weave in some education on an incredible range of 650 marine species housed in its massive tank!


Going up the Lotte Sky Tower will definitely also be on the agenda, having broken three Guinness World records for the world’s highest glass-floored observation deck on the 118th floor and the Sky Shuttle Elevator being the fastest double-deck elevator going up to 600 metres per minute – it’ll be such a thrill! Tip: If you’d like to skip the queues, you can consider purchasing “Magic Passes” for the family.


How to get to Lotte World: Take Seoul Subway Line 2 or 8 to Jamsil Station and exit at Exit 4.


Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10:00pm (Monday – Thursday); 9:30am – 11:00pm (Friday – Sunday)



Day 3-4: Vivaldi Park Ski World


Image credit: Daemyung Resort


Our winter wonderland is a dream about to come true. Situated only an hour or so from Seoul, Vivaldi Park Ski World has the largest Ski area in the Seoul metropolitan region and has been noted for being the most visited Ski resort in Korea for seven consecutive years!


They have a new winter attraction opened only in 2017 called “Snowy Land”. As you can only imagine, we can’t wait to indulge in activities like the snow sled, snow slide, snow mobile rafting, and.. everything else snow! There are even options for us to sign up for ski lessons and since they’re only permitted to instruct 4-5 persons at a time, it will be like our very own private family ski lesson!


How to get to Vivaldi Park Ski World: Take a bus from Seoul Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Hongcheon Bus Terminal. From Hongcheon, take Bus No. 70-1 or 70-2 to Vivaldi Park


Opening Hours: Day time 08:30-17:00, Night time 18:30-22:30


The hubs requested to visit more scenic places (which there plenty in Korea) so he can test his camera skills and the kids want to visit the famous Teddy Bear Museum in Seoul, Korea!


Will do more research tomorrow and share what I have come up with!


Till then


Mummy C
Mother of 8-year old and 5 year-old





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