Established in 1994, the War Memorial of Korea is one of the largest of its kind in the world and occupies the former army headquarters. It honors those who lost their lives fighting for their country through the course of the Korean War. The memorial comprises both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls that display a curated selection of 10,000 military relics, artillery, ammunition, documents, photographs and other artifacts from the museum's 33,000-strong collection pertaining to the nation's long and illustrious war history. Although primarily focused on the events of the Korean War, the museum also delves into battles preceding it and the international wars that Korean troops were involved in to provide a wider and more comprehensive understanding of the topic. An evocative memorial to the cost of war, as well as a testament to the nation's military prowess, the War Memorial of Korea is a chronicle of the events that shaped the geo-political history of the Korean Peninsula.
Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is one of the most iconic landmark structures in Seoul. The cutting-edge modernity of this mega-structure coupled with its unique design won Seoul city the title of World Design Capital in 2010. The structure of the building is curvaceous and fluid, devoid of any straight lines or walls. It houses as many as five spaces inside, namely an art hall, a museum, a design lab, the Oullim square and the Dongdaemun History and Culture park. Visit the DDP at night for a dazzling view of this modern wonder.
Nestled amid sprawling mountains, Incheon Grand Park is a picturesque complex replete with a bevy of attractions to keep visitors occupied. From botanical gardens and skating rinks to zoos and cycling trails, this scenic land is endowed with scores of spectacular spots. It is one of the largest parks in the city.
Recognized as one of the largest amusement parks, Everland is located in the suburbs of Seoul. It is a comprehensive outdoor and indoor leisure facility comprising three theme parks: Festival World, Caribbean Bay, and Everland Speedway. Festival World offers various flower festivals with more than 40 different attractions in addition to a zoo. Caribbean Bay is a huge water park with both indoor and outdoor water facilities. Everland Speedway offers the best racing track in Korea. Everland provides a paradise-like environment for people of all ages.
Children's Grand Park is one of the largest children's parks in Asia. It includes a zoo, a botanical garden, an amusement park, outdoor concert stages and physical training facilities. In spring and fall, many young children and their teachers can be seen here on school picnics. As an educational venue, it is not only fun, it also provides interesting information about plant and animal life. Budget a full day for your visit.
63 SeaWorld is one of the largest indoor aquariums in all of Asia. For those with an interest in underwater life, this is an excellent opportunity to observe more than 400 marine species. Apart from 20,000 types of fish, including sharks, this aquarium also features crocodiles and penguins. If you tired of watching the beautiful and colorful marine life in the large tanks, why not see a special attraction here, such as a fur seal, harbor seal or northern sea otter show. The mermaid show features a female diver swimming among the fish.
South Korea is already known for being at the forefront of technological innovation, so it's no wonder Live Park, an augmented reality theme park, has opened here. Visitors get avatars that follow them around the park, which is activated by an RFID bracelet, and Kinect-enabled cameras allow them to interact with the environment. It's like being at a theme park and being at home playing video games: the best of both worlds.