When I was young it was always a dream of mine to go to a maze park. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t until I came to Jeju (at the age of 23) that I finally got to fulfil this dream. Luckily for any kids on Jeju, however, Gimnyeong Maze Park is open and available to go to right now. It is a deceptively tricky maze and both parents and children will have endless fun running around the park's many twists, turns, and dead ends until they find their way out.
Jeju Cocomong Eco Park is a theme park based on the Korean cartoon Cocomong. Cocomong is a monkey sausage who protects refrigerator land from the evil virus king. If that alone hasn’t convinced you to go, the impressive amenities at the park may well do. The huge park has tons to keep the younger ones active including jungle gyms, hamster wheels, and even a swimming pool. The outdoor setting means the kids will be getting loads of fresh air and staying active while parents can enjoy the May sunshine knowing their children are having the time of their lives.
Tickets: 15,000 won
Location: 2381, Namwon-ri, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo City
Bus: 730 (from either Jeju City or Seogwipo City)
General opening times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Peak opening times (07/25-08/16): 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Off peak opening times (11/01-02/28): 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hanwha Aqua Planet Jeju
▲ Aqua Planet Jeju. Photo by Eric Hevesy
Aquaplanet in Seongsan is an incredibly impressive aquarium that is also the biggest in Asia. Its vast array of aquatic species (around 500) combined with its live shows and performances are sure to impress even the hardest to please teenagers out there. The huge viewing panel at the end really is a sight to behold and gives visitors an unrivaled view of the marine species in the aquarium. It's location near to sunrise peak and Seopjikoji also mean it is easy to combine with a few other activities for a fun day out.
▲ Jeju Aerospace Museum. Photo Courtesy Jeju Aerospace Museum
This state of the art museum provides a look at both the history and the future of air travel. It is split into two main theme rooms which are aviation and space. The aviation section teaches visitors everything about air travel, from the first ever flights to the development of modern age aircraft. It also has a real life exhibition hall showcasing retired planes from Korea's history. The space hall meanwhile looks beyond the earth's atmosphere and into the future of cosmic travel. Through its use of exhibitions, multimedia and hands-on activities the Aerospace Museum is sure to educate as well as entertain and is will satisfy even the most inquisitive of minds.
Tickets: Adult 10,000won, Youth(13-18) 9,000won, Children (3-12) 8,000won.
Location: 218, Nokchabunjae-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Korea
General opening times: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 5pm)
Jeju Glass Museum
▲ Jeju Glass Museum. Photo by Eric Hevesy
Run by glass artist Mr. Moon, Jeju Glass Museum offers the unique experience of allowing visitors to create glass art. At the Glass Museum visitors can learn about various glass art techniques such as glass painting and glass blowing. Perhaps the most impressive thing in this museum is the huge outdoor park which is filled with glass designs and sculptures made by Mr. Moon himself. If you can time it right and visit the museum at dusk, the park becomes lit up and transports both children and parents into a fairytale world.
For parents wanting a more peaceful experience a trip to Eco-land could be the perfect day out. Set in amongst the nature of Gotjawal forests in Jocheon there are plenty of things to keep the kids busy while parents relax in the clean air and natural surroundings. If that wasn’t enough, Eco-land is also famously the only place in Jeju where you can ride a train!
Tickets: Adults 12,000won, youth (13-18) 10,000, children (25months-12) 8,000won.
Location: 1278-169, Beonyeong-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Summer first train: 8:30am last train: 6pm
Winter first train: 8.40am last train: 5pm
▲ Hallim Park. Photo by Agne Latinye
For families that will be bringing members of the older generation along with them, Hallim park could be a perfect choice of day out. Its gardens filled with thousands of flowers are the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing walk while the exotic species on display in the bird park are sure to fill the children’s hearts with wonder. If the weather in May becomes too hot a trip down into one of the two lava tube caves, thought to have been created by eruptions from Halla mountain around 25 million years ago, is sure to cool you off.
As a natural retreat on the edge of the city, Halla Arboretum is perfectly placed for a family trip into nature. Its vast array of gardens and wildlife can provide the perfect mental boost to visitors both young and old. As well as this the arboretum also provides opportunities for families to learn about the vast array of wildlife and plant species seen in the park and in Jeju.
Location: 72 Sumogwon-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
*Depends on the exhibition
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