Olympic Park with a Toddler in Seoul, South Korea
Sippy Cup Sojourner Daddy has been anticipating Cherry Blossom season since we moved to Seoul almost a year ago. He was so disappointed that we moved here just after the season ended. After heading to a few other locations to see the blossoms and failing due to bad weather, lack of trees, and a few other reasons we finally got to see Cherry Blossoms in all their glory as well as have an amazing outing with Sam and our friends S.O. and Y!
Olympic Park was the sight of the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
There is parking at the park just look for the "P" signs. You can also find a park map with parking locations on the park's website. The park is huge so take a minute and stop by the information desk and pick up a map. The information desk also has a nursing room, perfect for changing diapers and getting in a quick feeding. Quick note: also available at the information desk is a Stamp Tour Map. Older kids would enjoy this. It's a map of everywhere in the park that you can get a stamp in your booklet. If you collect all the stamps, the information desk will give you a prize.
Thankfully we didn't have to walk the entire park, they have family bikes for rent. (Located at Peace Plaza) These bikes can seat up to 4 adults and 2-3 (depending on size) children in the front seat. (They also have 6 seat bikes!)
Before heading out we let the kids ride around the Peace Plaza in Y's cool-kid ride!
We stopped by the Lake 88 Waterside Stage. Sam enjoyed watching the lake water fountain and SCS mommy enjoyed taking a break from peddling!
We made several stops around the park to take plenty of pictures of the cherry blossoms. Every time the wind blew the cherry blossoms flew everywhere. Spectacular to see!
There are also Children's Playgrounds around the park. Some even had fun textured walkways for the kids to enjoy without shoes on.
We ended our day at the Wild Flower Garden on a picnic mat just enjoying the spring time sun.
We weren't able to visit everything in one visit so we will for sure be returning to check out the hiking trails (Over 4,000 meters of trails), the fortress walls, and of course Sam was dying to ride the 88 Hodori Train. (An amusement park style train that takes riders around the park.)
If you're going to be in the area for Children's Day check out the Olympic Park for events and activities for children. (May 5)
If you are in search of some delicious food check out the Fresh Buffet at the entrance of the park. We ate there and had to roll ourselves home! Delicious! More information on their website HERE.
Subway Line 5: Olympic Park Station, Exit 3
Subway Line 8: Mongchontoseong Station, Exit 1
88 Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea 138-749
SCS Fast Facts:
- Plenty of parking (go early to ensure you get the best spot).
- Stroller accessible.
- Nursing room inside information center.
Park Website (English)
Thanks for allowing me to use your pictures and for a great day S.O. and Y! :D