The Korean War Museum & Splish Splash Waterpark

Two great things to do with kids in Seoul, Korea: the Korean war museum and Splish Splash water park at Camp Humphrey. 

The Korean War Museum

Even families who aren’t museum nerds (I’m afraid we are- incurably,) will love the Korean War Museum.  Outside there are dozens of military vehicles, tanks, and planes, and even a ship docked in a pond with a 4d movie built into the side.  Inside there are more exhibits than you can see in a day, most presented through digital displays.  Signs and display information are printed in English, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese.  There are also at least three small 4d movie experiences that thrilled the kids.  From the minute we saw the first tank till we dragged them out of the nuclear fall out shelter museum hidden under the sculpture in the front gate, our sons were fighting the Korean war.  They ran through ship corridors shouting “All hands on deck,” drove immobile troop transports and shot imaginary machine guns along side manikin soldiers.

One of the Many Exhibit Halls

One of the Many Exhibit Halls

There are many more planes, and tanks to climb in and on.

There are many more planes and tanks for climb in and on.

This ship bears battle wounds unhealed.

Bullet holes are marked in red along the ship’s sides.

You can play in it- running around the decks yelling "All hands on deck!" like David did.  Also, don't miss the moving 4d movie in the lower deck and side of the ship.

Inside the ship

Be sure to quiet the kids and take them to see the memorial for fallen soldiers.  It is really beautiful and explains all the symbolism in English as well as Korean.

The memorial for fallen soldiers is really beautiful and explains all the symbolism in English as well as Korean.

 

Splish Splash Water Park

Smaller than whitewater, bigger than the neighborhood pool and perfect for a family to enjoy a carefree day of fun in the sun.  Admission was low, less than $5 a person, the drive from Yong San was easy and only about an hour long.  The water park is made of three pools connected by one continuous deck.  In other words you can mostly see from one end to the other, making kid-watching easy.  The first pool is a mini swimming pool perfect for preschoolers and their parents.  The second is half wet playground with water guns and small slides, and half a three foot pool into which two large water slides empty.  Third pool is deep- one half of it is for the two diving boards and one high dive, the other half is an Olympic sized pool for every kind of swimming and diving.  There is also a hot tub, a preschoolers’ wet playground, a dry playground on the deck, a snack bar and plenty of lawn chairs. I spent the day walking from one kid’s exciting feat of jumping off the high dive, to watch another spin in circles on the water slide. I wish every day could be as joyful and active.

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