I finally gave in to his request on a sunny, relatively warm spring day, but instead of going back to Seoul Forest, I opted for a visit to Children's Grand Park, another popular and family-friendly recreational space in Seoul.
|Pride Konkuk pennants displayed all over the campus.|
Adjacent to the subway station is the university's main campus in Seoul (the other campus is in Chungcheongbukdo). Known as 'the fastest growing university in Korea', Konkuk University is composed of 16 undergraduate colleges and 13 graduate schools.
|Konkuk University Medical Center.|
|Art & Design Building.|
|Someone's enjoying this trip to KU. :)|
|Apparently, this campus is also a popular film location for Korean dramas.|
Like Hongdae and Ehdae, Kondae is also lined with restaurants, shops, and a myriad of vendors that sell practically everything - flowers, trinkets, cellphone cases, socks, even tarot card readings!
Kondae also has its so-called Taste Street, an area packed with restaurants serving a variety of popular Korean food (think samgyeopsal and galbi).
Yue, however, prefers to eat within his comfort zone. We ended up having burger and fries at the Lotteria branch in Star City Mall, located right across the Kondae Taste Street.
After our tummy-fill, we made our way to the Seoul Children's Grand Park on foot. The weather was so nice and breezy that day and since the park is just one station away from Kondae, I told Yue, "Anak, let's walk all the way to the park! It seems pretty close from here, we'd be there right away."
The first thing I did as soon as we arrived at the park's main entrance was take a puff of my Ventolin inhaler, haha! My lungs were just about ready to give out from all the walking!
Usherettes for the Seoul Urban Agriculture Expo greeted us at the entrance. The event, held annually at the park, highlights urban farming - the newest eco-friendly trend in Korea.
|The Club Clio store at Kondae.|
|Flowers are pretty easy to buy in Seoul.|
There's bound to be a stall that sells flowers in every block. :)
|Kondae Taste Street.|
|You can never go wrong with hamburger and french fries.|
|Lotteria also has its own version of Happy Meal, hence, the Astro Boy action figure.|
|Going way, way beyond the healthy pace. Lol!|
Little did I know that it would take more than ten thousand steps to get there. This route was probably the longest I have ever walked in Seoul (and perhaps in my entire life, lol) and even my S Health could attest to that. Haha!
|Welcome to the Seoul Children's Grand Park!|
|The park's main entrance.|
|All smiles even after all that walking, haha!|
|Beware of horns, lol!|
|Tayo and friends!|
Each bus has a TV screen where you can watch episodes of the animated series.
Interactive exhibits were on display at the park's Open Stage, as well as a Farmer's Market where you can buy seeds, flowers, vegetables, and some animal by-products such as milk and honey.
Near the Open Stage is the Music Fountain, one of the most popular attractions inside the park.
The fountain showcases a colorful and spectacular array of water shows, which kids and adults love.
Too bad I forgot to take a video of this water show! It would have been nice if I could let you see how these spurts of water 'dance' to the music.
After the show, we went on to explore the other park attractions. Seoul Children's Grand Park isn't called 'grand' for nothing. The park is immensely wide, as in 130 acres wide, with a variety of facilities and attractions appealing to visitors of all ages.
We found the zoo without much difficulty, thanks to the pamphlet we got at the park's main entrance. You can also refer to this Vicinity Map, located across the fountain.
|Pretty flowering plants for sale.|
|Kids love it, adults love taking photos of it.|
|... in full swing!|
|Can you see the rainbow? :)|
|Feels like Middle Earth.|
|This is a leopard.|
|Spot the difference.|
|And these are jaguars.|
Yue enjoyed the latter the most, as he had the chance to see all these wild animals up close and personal. Because you know, every kid's dream is to see lions, tigers, and elephants.
|The lioness awaits.|
|A fox being well, foxy.|
|Canines and felines inside the zoo.|
|This is a llama.|
|And these are alpacas.|
|The entrance to the Marine Animal House.|
|Old school playground!|
|And they even have musical instruments!|
|No kids in sight since we visited on a school day.|
|At least he had this swing all to himself. :)|
If you're up for something a little more extreme than swings and see-saws, you can go for the rides at the Fun World, the park's in-house amusement park. A one-day, ride-all-you-can ticket to Fun World costs 21000 won for kids, 23000 won for teens, and 25000 won for adults. Or you can pay per ride, with rates starting at 3500 won.
|Fun World at the Children's Grand Park.|
Surprisingly, Yue was a bit uninterested with the rides (perhaps they were a bit too extreme for his taste), and wanted to go to the Botanical Garden instead.
|A plethora of roses! I love!|
|Sunshine and roses.|
To get to the Seoul Children's Grand Park, take the Children's Grand Park Station, Line 7 Exit 1.