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Korea Travel with 11-month old Baby (Part 1): Our Original Itinerary (Seoul and Jeju)

I spent lots of time planning the itinerary for our Korea trip last December, trying to fit in places that MF could get down to play wherever possible, and making sure the day was not too packed.  In the end, we barely followed our itinerary and played by ear.  Lesson learnt: When vacationing with a baby, don’t bother to plan too much.

Our Original Itinerary

Day 1

Namdemun, Myeong-Dong, Seoul Animation Centre
Dinner at Gwangjang Market

Day 2

Lotte World

Day 3

Changdeokugung Palace (Huwon Garden Tour)
Changyeonggung Palace (English tour)
Jongmyo Shrine
Samcheong-dong Bukchon (Bukchon hanok village)

Day 4

Hello Kitty Town Restaurant and Amusement
Pororo Park Seoul

Day 5

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Deoksugang Palace
Namsan Park, N Seoul Tower

Day 6

Heyri Art Valley (Dalki Theme Park)

Day 7

Flight to Jeju
Visit Jungmun beach near hotel

Day 8 (Self-drive, West from Jungmun)

Cheonjeyeon waterfall
Yakcheonsa temple
Oedolgae
Cheonjiyeon waterfall, Saeseom bridge, Jeongbang waterfall
Jeju Folk Village Musuem
Seopjikoji, All-in House
Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)

Day 9 (Self-drive, East – North from Jungmun)

O’Sulloc /Jeju Glass Castle
Hallim park
yongduam (dragon head) rock
mysterious road

Day 10

Visit Teddy Bear Museum in the morning.
Take evening flight home

What Happened in Reality

This was going to be our first overseas trip with MF.  A fellow-SAHM friend who went USA with her baby for 3 weeks told me, it’s actually not difficult for us to bring babies on vacation, because we are so used to going out with our babies, it will be just like what we do everyday in Singapore.

She would have been right, if not for the fact that she went in SUMMER while I went in WINTER.

On hindsight, being a first-time parent from Singapore (where it’s summer all year round), bringing a baby to a winter country was a bad idea.. MF HATED putting on layers and layers of clothing! Can you blame him? All his life, he had been wearing only one romper at any one time. When we were there, it was a torture trying to dress him.

Another reason going to a winter country was a bad idea was because we were totally unequipped.  Being from Singapore, we did not have a stroller that was totally enclosed like all the Koreans did.  Actually, we didn’t even bring a stroller and I used my Manduca baby carrier to carry MF the whole time.  Lots of Korean mummies were also using the Manduca, but they all had super thick winter blanket to wrap their babies up.  I ended up using my nursing shawl to wrap MF up, but it wasn’t quite thick enough.. So I also used my own winter jacket to wrap him up.  The result? Both MF and I fell sick..  At least our travel insurance covered our medical bills, but that’s barely a consolation.

 

As I was saying, our trip didn’t exactly go as planned.. With the weather being colder than we expected and MF falling sick, we barely kept to our itinerary and improvised on the spot.

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

13 Comments

  • Justina says:

    Hihi… I am planning to bring my bb girl to Korea this sept. She just turned one so she’s still on bb diet of porridge.. Can I know what u do for your bb’s meal when in Korea?

  • Tika says:

    Hi, I’m planning to bring my baby to Korea this coming October. Any advise?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Bring warm clothing, Korea is pretty cold imo. It is pretty hard to move around Seoul with a stroller, so you may want to use a baby carrier. Visit Lotte World, it is a really great place to bring babies to. 🙂

  • KIM JENNY says:

    Arex Express train is the best way to access from the airport to Seoul station. It is fast(it takes only 43 mins to Seoul station) and clean. Plus, the price is also reasonable. It cost 8,000won and if you take one of these airline;Asiana,KAL,Jeju airline, you get some discount(6,900won). Arex Express train info desk is located between gate no.9 and no.8, desk no.45 on 1st floor in the airport.
    T-money card is a prepaid public transportation card which means
    you have to load some money on your T-money card before you use it
    on subway,taxi or bus. And you can purchase a T-money card ata low price
    if you head to Seoul station from Incheon airport. Find the Arex info.desk
    on 1st floor at the airport. It located between gate #9 and #8, desk no.45.
    They have a special promotion for foreigners; Express train ticket to Seoul station
    + T-money card it costs only 8,900 won. The regular price of
    the express train ticket is 8,000 won and T-money card is 3,000 won.
    So the promotion is a good deal.

  • Jean Wong says:

    Hi MF Mummy

    Amazing sharing, love it!

    Bringing my 11th month baby to Jeju I November. Wanted to know if self drive was an issue in Jeju? Car seat for baby provided? We are going with another couple and their 3 yr old daughter, do you reckon we can all take 1 car or need 2 cars?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Car seat was not provided. If you have 4 adults and 2 children, you can probably fit into a 7 or 8 seater – but really depends on how much luggage you have. If you rent a car from the hotel like what we did, you don’t need to worry about luggage space and can definitely fit into a 7-seater.

  • Amarlena says:

    Hi,
    I’m planning to go to Seoul with my 1y 4m. Does Seoul suitable for me using baby stroller or just using baby carrier? Thanks for your advice.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I didn’t find Seoul very stroller friendly, but I think a stroller is still good to have when visiting the theme parks like Lotte World, Everland or shopping centres. I would ditch the stroller if I was roaming around the city though, especially Samcheong-dong!

  • Jasmineg says:

    Hi MF Mummy!! Your post is amazing!! I am struggling now to decide whether to bring my 18month old baby to Seoul during winter time (end Dec). Do you think it’s safe like in terms of the coldness? I am really afraid what if my boy can’t take it?

    • Queen Bee says:

      To be very honest, I wouldn’t bring the baby to Seoul in winter. I would wait for Summer. Lotte World and Everland would have been more enjoyable in Summer I feel.

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