Make Family Month a Special One in Seoul!
With so many holidays falling on the weekend this year, everyone is bound to feel a little disappointed, to say the least! Thank goodness the month of May, otherwise known as “Family Month,” is here to provide some respite from that harsh reality as it brings with it, a series of days to celebrate from Children’s Day (5th) and Parents’ Day (8th) to Teachers’ Day (15th) and Spouses’ Day (21st). Hopefully, May will provide that long-awaited chance to get in some quality time with family after being held back by the hectic daily schedule.
Here we are, once again, to offer a few anecdotes of suggestions for spending some meaningful time with your family! And for those still hestitating about what to give as a gift, there’s certainly nothing better than giving the gift of a wonderful memory to those your care about. Just remember to keep those masks on, and yourself clean, so that we can all make through the month of May together in good health!
Children’s Day [May 5] Kids’ Café for the Whole Family
Attention all you parents out there! It must be difficult for your kids to be closed up indoors, but here’s a great kid’s café within a shopping mall we’d like to introduce to you so that the whole family can get out there for a breather!
#Lilliput, Premium facilities for parents & children!
Lilliput combines the best of both worlds with a play area for children and a leisure area for adults! For the kids, they can enjoy the latest in play facilities, including an exhilarating ballpit, air bounce inflatables, blocks, play kitchens, and more. A number of staff are monitoring around the facility to play together and watch over the children so that your mind can be at ease! How good is that?! There is also a restaurant offering a premium menu for the whole family to take advantage of a wholesome, enjoyable meal.
Please be sure to call in advance to ensure play staff is available as they require a reservation.
(* Due to COVID-19, service may be subject to change.)
Address 45, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (1F Mecenatpolis Mall, Rm. 123-129)
Hours Weekdays 11:00 - 21:00 & Weekends 10:30 - 21:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s and Chuseok holidays)
Admission Children - KRW 15,000 (2 hrs / Free drink for infants under 12 months) / Adults - 1 menu item per person (Food OR Drink)
Parents’ Day [May 8] Walking the Streets of Buam-dong
When was the last time you simply took a walk arm-in-arm with your parents? This year, take some time out of your day to stroll down a beautifully laid road, together with Mom and Dad. Coined the “secret garden” of Seoul, Buam-dong is infamous for its serene, nature-friendly vibe, smack-dab in the middle of downtown! It’s the perfect place to spend some meaningful time together over a light conversation about life.
#JeoJip, Patent your own chopstick design from scratch!
As a chopstick gallery, the very first of its kind in Korea, Jeojip melds perfectly into the surroundings of Buam-dong, and once inside, the series of aesthetically-pleasing chopstick designs line the store. Each set is complemented with a technique traditional to that of Korean craftmanship, featuring numerous lacquer and varnish patterns. They even offer classes to make your own set of chopsticks, making it a great opportunity to enjoy with your parents! You may even learn a thing or two about them in the process!
Make your class reservations at One More Trip with a simple click!
#Gyeyeolsa, Home of traditional fried chicken
If your stomach starts to grumble for something to eat while walking around, Gyeyeolsa is the cure! Gyeyeolsa is one of the top three chicken brands in Seoul, and as such, you are most certainly in for a treat! Feel free to indulge yourself in their signature fried chicken, using only domestic meat, alongside a cold glass of ice-cold beer to wash it down for the perfect energy-booster! And your parents are sure to love the crispy yet thin coating of batter on the chicken for all the flavor without the grease!
Any true food scholar out there will know – If chicken’s on the menu, golbaengi noodles are the perfect side!
Address 7, Baekseokdong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours Daily 12:00 - 23:00 (Closed Mondays)
Teachers’ Day [May 15] Reminiscing School Days in Daehakro
Ever curious on how you were back in school? Let’s take a trip back in time to savor those days of living in the moment, chock-full of energy! In Korea, students present carnations to their teachers while occassionally holding surprise parties for those teachers that really stood out. Let’s take some time out of our day to observe the value and traditions of these great leaders in the classroom and remember those teachers that helped us grow into who we are today!
#TeachersDay, Korea’s very own!
The carnation flower is most typical symbol of Teachers’ Day in Korea. Besides a carnation, students give bouquets, group notes from the class called “rolling paper” in Korean, and other cute, unique crafts to express their gratitude to their teachers. Students also held surprise parties and would even sing one of a series of traditional songs in celebration of their teachers. In fact, those songs sung to commemorate our valued leaders in the classroom are still remembered to this day! It went so far as toeven get competitive between classes to see who pulled off the best celebration for their teacher!
#JollyShop, Adorn a classic school uniform for the photo of a lifetime
The Jolly Shop, located in the Daehakro area, provides rentals of traditional school uniforms with a collage of photos from those who have come and gone. Be sure to leave your mark when you go too! Once inside, you can try on brand new uniforms and relive those days of old once more, with a smile drawing across your face. Besides uniforms, they have caps, bags, and a slew of items available for you to show off your sense of fashion in style! What’s better, you can even take a breathtaking shot at Naksan Park under the natural light of the vast, blue sky!
Pay in cash to rent a selfie stick for free!
Address 46, Naksan 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Live Well Memorial)
Hours Daily 10:00 - 22:00 (Open year round)
Directions Subway Line 4, Hyehwa Station, Exit 2
Spouses’ Day [May 21] A Heart-fluttering Romantic Date in the City
Spouses’ Day is held on the 21st of May to celebrate two (2) people coming together to become one (1). It’s actually not as well-recognized as Children’s Day or Parents’ Day, but it’s the ideal day to spend that romantic evening with your life partner! On that note, as an escape from the daily grind, we have a suggestion or two to help rekindle that excited romance between two lovebirds.
#YeoYongKuk, A leisure Korean spa treatment
There’s a quote from the novel, Yeoyonggukjeon, written in the times of the Joseon Dynasty, that goes, “Caring for the skin is like a king ruling his country.” It’s upon this very foundation that the Yeo Yong Kuk first opened its doors years ago. Some of the popular treatments include customized aromatherapy suitable for your body type, as well as traditional beauty treatment using a special ceramic tool. Couples can come and privately enjoy a potent beauty treatment that promotes relief from built-up fatigueand stress in the mind and body.
Specialized programs are also available for expecting mothers!
Address 60, Seokchonhosu-ro 12-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Hongsung Bldg)
Hours Weekdays 10:00 - 22:00 & Weekends 10:00 - 20:00
Directions Subway Lines 2 & 9, Sports Complex Station, Exit 9
#Aromind, A perfume concoction of our own
Located in the quiant neighborhood of Bukchon, the perfumery workshop, Aromind, offers classes for you to create your own perfume, or cologne, built upon their signature expertise of blending aromas. A professional perfumer is also available to assist you so that you and your partner can create that perfect concoction for one another! That one-of-a-kind signature concoction is sure to make for a memory you’ll never forget!
Reservations are required to join classes!
Address 19-7, Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours Weekdays 11:00 - 20:00 & Sundays 12:00 - 20:00 (Closed Mondays)
Directions Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 2