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Korea Travel with 11-month old Baby (Part 2): Seoul

Day 7

We took the airport limousine from our hotel (Toyoko Inn Dongdaemun) to Gimpo Airport for our flight to Jeju.  There was a playground at Gimpo Airport for kids, but MF was underage and the security guard didn’t let him play there.  Bummer. 🙁

We arrived in Jeju as planned and strolled around Jungmun beach just behind our hotel, Jeju Lotte Hotel, which is a great place for kids!

Read More: Review of Jeju Lotte Hotel

The beach was beautiful, and the weather in Jeju was much more tolerable than in Seoul.  MF slept throughout the stroll, leaving hubby and I to take a slow, quiet, romantic walk.. One of the best moments of the trip.

Day 8

We rented a car from the hotel in the morning.  As usual, we left the hotel later than planned, so we decided to skip the scenic spots and drive straight to Jeju Folk Village Museum first.

Did I mention I’m a Da Chang Jin fan?  The only reason Jeju Folk Village Museum came into my radar was because it was a film location for Da Chang Jin.

Frankly other than the cheap thrill of taking photos with Da Chang Jin posters, Jeju Folk Village Museum wasn’t very enjoyable.  Because it was infested with swarms of flying insects!! There were insects all over us by the time we came out.. and I was so worried some had flown into MF’s mouth.

Continuing our drive on to Seopikoji and Seongsan Ilchubong, the scenery was absolutely breathtaking and we stopped a few times to take photos.  MF was happy to get down to run around a bit while enjoying the view of Seongsan Ilchubong from a distance.

We arrived at Seopikoji / All-in House.

Here is where you find one of the most famous (or touristy) olle trails in Jeju.  There was quite a bit of walking involved, but you can actually push a stroller most of the way.  It is only if you want to go to the top where the lighthouse is that you will need to ditch your stroller.

After all that climbing (while carrying a baby), I think I deserved the feast we had for lunch.

After lunch, we proceeded to Seongsan Ilchubong, which is a place totally NOT recommended for visiting if you have a baby with you.. It is a MOUNTAIN that you need to climb all the way up via very steep steps!

Believe it or not, we managed to climb all the way to the top with MF!! I carried MF half the way and my knees started quivering, so hubby took over and carried MF all the way to the top. After that, I carried MF all the way down.  Everyone was staring at us! I think MF is one of the few babies to ever make it to the top – all 180m up!  And do not underestimate the long climb back down…

After the climb, we started our drive back to our hotel, stopping at Jeongbang waterfalls (which required us to climb down and up a long steep flight of stairs!) and Oedolgae.  We skipped the rest of the waterfalls, because we were simply too tired to do any more hiking to see them.

Day 9

We decided we have had enough of mountains, waterfalls and stones.. So after flipping through several travel brochures, we decided to visit Jeju Mini Mini Land, Trick Art Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.  Well, it was definitely a lot more relaxing than the previous day and MF got to come down to run around quite a bit, a relief for both of us!

Before that, we made a detour to the Mysterious Road, where our car is supposed to roll ‘uphill’.  There were two Mysterious Roads on the Jeju map, we went to the one near Jeju Love Land.

We drove to the starting point (there was a sign that said ‘Starting Point’ along the Mysterious Road) and waited to see our car would roll up.

Okay.. Our car didn’t exactly roll uphill the way we expected.. So we decided to try something else.  We put a water bottle filled with water and watched it roll uphill.. It worked much better than the car!

Alternatively, do what we saw a tour guide doing: Just pour the water directly onto the ground and watch it trickle upwards.

After we have verified that the ‘anti-gravity phenomenon’ really worked, we headed for Jeju Mini Mini Land, where MF had great fun running around and playing with the exhibits that were as mini as him!  They had downsized versions of landmarks from around the world.

As well as popular cartoon characters.

Next, at the Trick Art Museum, we tried to make MF take photos with the art works, but he wasn’t too cooperative.. But it was fun nevertheless posing with all the quirky trick art!

Note: The Trick Art Museum that we visited has since closed down.  However, similar attractions have since opened, such as Jeju Trick Eye Museum and Jeju Alive Museum.

And our last stop, Ripley’s Believe it or Not:

Day 10

Initially we had planned to visit Teddy Bear Museum, but after we found out there was a playground within Jeju Lotte hotel, we decided to just make use of it to keep MF occupied until it was time to catch our flight home.

At Incheon International airport, I thought there would be time for MF to play at the kids playground there. But the staff had difficulty checking us in and wasted more than an hour of our time! So by the time we were checked in, we had to board our flight immediately.  So MF didn’t have the chance to play at the playground in the transit area of Incheon Airport. Zzz…

Overall, Jeju was a great place to visit and drive around on our own.  It is very easy to drive in Jeju. The car rental company provided a very good driving map and there are road signs in English pointing to all the major tourist attractions.  The GPS uses phone numbers, just like in Japan, and the map that the rental company provided displayed the phone numbers of the major tourist attractions.  Having a car is great for nursing and changing the baby, because nursing facilities are not easily found in Jeju. (Read more on nursing in Korea.)  If I were to travel with a baby / kid again, I think I would definitely opt for a self-drive trip if possible.

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.


  1. […] with a kid or baby, there is no better place to stay than at Lotte Hotel Jeju! While we were in Jeju in December last year, we stayed here for 3 […]

  2. Nicole says:

    Hello, can I check with you which rental company did you go to? thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I rented from one of the car companies which had an office at the hotel I was staying in (Jeju Lotte Hotel), so I didn’t really take note of the name of the rental company… I THINK it is Jeju Rent A Car.

  3. Lee Wai Sung says:

    Hi MF Mommy

    Awesome trip!

    I am going to visit Jeju in Oct 2012 with my kid (2+ years old) for 3 days 2 nights and still thinking whether to rent a car or get a private taxi services. Would appreciate if you could share your experience on my queries below:

    1. How much it costs for car rent.
    2. GPS in english version or user friendly? any difficulties faced during your self-drive journey
    3. As my hotel is located in Jeju-si, is it far from Seogwipo-si (as majority attractions are nearby SS)
    4. Whether kid car seat is must in Korea for travel? whether kid allow to sit together with mommy in front?
    5. Anything i need to pay attention if i opt for self-drive and travel with kid?

    Thanks in advance!


    Warm regards

    • bumblebeemum says:


      Sorry it took me so long to reply!

      1. I really can’t remember.. My hubby paid for it and he can’t remember either.. >_<

      2. The GPS we got was in Korean. It was very easy to use, you key in the telephone number of your destination, so don't need any knowledge of Korean to be able to use it. We didn't encounter any difficulties during our self-drive journey, there are clear signs in English to all the tourist destinations along the main roads. However, not sure if you are from Singapore too, note that Korea uses left-hand drive which is opposite of Singapore, it would need to take a bit of getting used to if you have never driven on that side of the road before.

      3. Jeju-si is a bit far from Seogwipo-si, but there is a highway connecting the North to South which takes you down pretty quickly. But with that said, Jeju is a lot bigger than it seems and there are very few highways, most of the time you will be driving on normal roads and constantly stopped by traffic lights and it can take a long time to drive to seemingly close places. So I would advise staying near tourist destinations you intend to visit if you intend to drive. Also, traffic in Jeju-si, like in any city, is much more crowded than in other parts of Jeju. I do not recommend staying in the city if you intend to drive. Getting in and out of the city can be challenging. I remember seeing the traffic when taking the airport shuttle to Jungmun and thinking how glad I am that I didn't have to drive out of the airport / Jeju-si. When we drove through Seogwipo-si to get to the waterfalls, traffic was also very bad. I was quite glad to be staying at Jungmun where there was hardly any traffic and it was a piece of pie getting onto the main roads and off to the tourist destinations.

      4. Car seats are not compulsory.. In fact, the car rental company did not even provide car seat rental. I sat at the back with my baby the whole time.

      5. I guess just drive safe and drive slow (especially without a baby seat). Keep journeys short if your kid is those kind who can't keep still and gets bored / impatient easily in the car and bring along your kid's favourite music / toys to play in the car.

      Have fun! Jeju is a great place for kids, I really enjoyed my time there and wish I had stayed longer. 🙂

  4. tjita darmadji says:

    hi bumble bee mum i love reading your blog, since I have an 19 month old baby and will be going to Korea in April next year, thankyou very much for sharing your experience in Jeju island

  5. tjita darmadji says:

    and also i really admire your effort in carrying a baby all the way to the top of the mountain! i will try to do the same (hopefully)

  6. Hazel says:


    I’m planning to bring my 11 month old (by then) to Seoul/jeju trip too, February 2015.
    But it wasn’t a self-planned one. It’s a 8 days trip packaged by traveling agency. Not sure if we should go on with it because it’s a family trip.

    Can I know how you manage feeding ur baby with solid?

    Is there any advise on what should I take note of/ prepare extras for baby etc.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hi, I apologize for only replying now. I just shifted my blog out of wordpress.com to my personal domain and this comment only appeared after I did that! I’m guessing you would have come to a decision by now since it’s already end of Jan? *horrors* Really sorry about that!

      Anyway I brought baby cereal there (which could be easily prepared with just water) and food jar / pouches for babies. We also bought bread along the way for him.

      When traveling with baby, please bring medication. Fever and diarrhea medicines are absolutely essential.

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  9. […] this year.  I love Trick Art and have visited Trick Art museum in Korea (read about my visit in this post) and Japan (read about my visit in this post).  All of a sudden, BOOM, two Trick Art museums […]

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  11. Pingka says:

    Hello! Great post, thanks for sharing. I am so glad to have found your blog 😉 I am also planning to bring my 2 yrs old toddler to korea and jeju and I am following your post very closely. Would like to ask if your flight from jeju to seoul land at gimpo airport? Is 3 hours transit time enough? We are taking a 4pm flight back to Sg. Thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I think 3 hours should be enough transit time. The train ride from Gimpo to Incheon airport takes only about half an hour. Your only concern would be flight delays on your Jeju to Seoul flight. If there is any delay in that flight, you may end up missing your Seoul to SG flight. Make sure you have travel insurance to get that covered.

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