A kids' happy place

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A kids' happy place

by: Alfredo Jimenez Jr. | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: May 02, 2012

By Alfredo Jimenez Jr.

Published: October 14, 2010

Seoul Children's Grand Park offers diversions at varying speeds

My family recently spent a fun-filled day at the Seoul Children's Grand Park.

Not knowing what to expect after my wife spotted the park's website while surfing the Internet, we were pleasantly surprised at what we found.

Flowering trees, a pond and fields of grass for picnicking and play were a welcome sight for my wife and me. But a zoo, circus, aviary and amusement park is what caught the attention of my 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

There is no fee to visit the park and frolic in the grass. But my kids, Natalya and Diego, quickly tired of that and I soon found myself forking over close to 60,000 won ($50) for passes for the amusement park for my daughter and me. There was no charge for my son.

There was a variety of rides, some of which my children wanted no part of. Two in particular, 88 Train and Crazy Mouse, had riders screaming yet satisfied. But for Natalya and Diego, getting on the train that cruised through the park and ramming into one another in bumper cars were the most fun. However, we did brave a ride that had us spinning in a type of hamster wheel, which had my stomach churning and my daughter screaming.

We then made our way to the zoo and aviary to check out the animals. It's great park, with a lot of attractions geared toward children.

But if you have a quiet day picnicking in the park in mind, you might want to leave the kids behind.

KNOW & GO

Hours: Open all year, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Botanical Gardens, zoo, close at 6 p.m.

Admission: Free admission to park, but there are fees for various side venues.

Directions: Subway line 5, Achasan Depot, Exit 4 (rear entrance); Subway line 7, Children Grand Park, Achasan Depot, Exit 4 (main entrance).

WEB SITE: www.childrenpark.or.kr. In English: www.sisul.or.kr/global/eng/park/park01.jsp.

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