Holidays, Festivals, and Events,  Life in Korea

Things to do on Children’s Day in Korea

Every 5th of May, Children’s day is being held in Korea and aside from giving the children’s a gift there are many other things to do on the said holiday.

The celebration of Children’s day differs depends on the country but Japan and Korea have the same day celebrating the Children’s day. This is a holiday where parents prepare and give gifts to their children and spend time with them.

History of Children’s Day in Korea

Children’s day in Korea was introduced in the 1920s when Korean students and leaders gathered together to support and improve the social status of children in Korea and encourage the adults and parents to teach awareness to their children unprivileged independence. During that time a children’s writer Dr. Bang Jung-Hwan started using the word eorini (어린이) instead of using aenom (애놈) and esaekki (애새끼).

Children’s day in Korea is called 어린이날 (eorini-nal) which eorini (어린이) means children and nal (날) means day.  Originally, Children’s day has been celebrated on May 1st but due to conflict to Labor day it was moved to May 5th and became an official public holiday in the 1970s.

Things to do on Children’s Day in Korea

We all know that all parents anywhere in the world are busy with their work every day and as a parent, we don’t have so much time to spend with our children. That’s why Children’s day in Korea is very special where parents take a break and spend time and do some efforts for their children. Aside from buying them toys and other gifts, there are other things to do on Children’s day in Korea, including the following:

Going to Picnic

The most popular activity in Korea these days is the picnic. There are so many open spaces in Korea like the parks along the Han River in Yeouido which allow people to do picnics. You can put a small open tent and rest, foods and snacks to eat and bikes, kites, or soccer balls where children can play. If bringing this stuff is a burden a picnic mat will do and there are many convenience stores nearby and you buy there or you can order a delivery too. 

Bringing the kids to the zoo

My son feeding the goats 🙂

In Korea, the zoo is always a package when you go to parks like in Seoul Grand Park which has the main zoo in Seoul, while Children’s Grand Park has a smaller zoo. Our house is near to Seoul Dream Forest where there’s a mini zoo where you can see some wild animals like deers and others. 

Children in Korea enjoy a trip to the zoo. Like my son especially when you are allowed to feed carrots to the donkeys and sheep.

Going to Amusement Parks

Musical Fountain, Children’s Grand Park

Everland and Lotte World in Seoul are the famous amusement parks in Korea which always reach its peak during Children’s Day.

Everland contains many rides like a roller coaster, Viking and etc., safari park, zoo, restaurants, and gift shop. Rentable strollers for babies and kids and wheelchairs are available. Aside from that nursing rooms for babies are provided too.

Lotte World is located in Seoul not too far from Jamsil station. It looks like the Disney Land of Korea. This amusement park also includes an ice rink where children can do ice skating.

Another amusement park located in the city is Seoul Land which contains various rides. There are also festivals available like Character Festival being held in the middle of March. Water festival at the end of June till the end of August and Snow party during winter.

Children’s Grand Park in Seoul is the best place to go if you want to do a lot of activities. It includes different kinds of facilities like the zoo, botanical garden and amusement rides. There’s a 30 minutes musical and dancing fountain which the whole family can watch.

Yearly, the Children’s day festival is being held but this year due to coronavirus the festival dates have been moved.  So today, my son and I went to a nearby park to celebrate Children’s day. He’s been staying at home for about two months so I let him play outside.  I also bought a small and inexpensive gift to bring home.

After 3 days, Korea will be celebrating Parent’s Day which is known as Mother’s day in other countries.

How about you? Do you celebrate Children’s day and how do you celebrate them?

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25 Comments

  • Anie Ordillo

    Our school here in the Philippines (Angeles City to be exact) celebrates National Children’s Day on the 17th of October. We prepare a short programme for our students and us, teachers present them with gifts. I wouldn’t mind observing this event the way you guys do. Parents having a day off from work to spend time with their kids is a luxury some parents can’t afford.

  • sarrahsstories

    I love how South Korea celebrates Children’s Day. We also have that here in our school in Indonesia. Hopefully in the Philippines this will also be widely celebrated. The kids deserve this day.

  • JEN

    I hope there’s something like that celebration in the Philippines, especially that there many impoverished children in our country.

  • Franze Garcia

    Upon reading this, it made want to go badly in SoKor, not being influenced by watching KDramas alone. I like their culture festivals, events and activities being held. Keep Safe!!

  • www.WanderWoMom.com

    aww such special day for children!! i bet if we have this in PH, nako,, abalang abala din ako to make is it special for coco.

      • www.WanderWoMom.com

        ahh meron din pala! Pero baka nga di ganun kaimportante. Although pag summer medyo kina campaign dito like example, SM yung everyday is play day ganyan. Pero hindi literal na childrens day.

      • www.WanderWoMom.com

        Oohh meron din pala dito. Ang naiisio ko yung mga campaign na play day ganyan., like sa sm meron. Pero not childrens day talaga.

  • blair villanueva

    Aww this is so cool! I wonder if Philippines have this as well. Meron ding Children’s Day sa Japan 🙂

  • dawnlyndelle

    I think the first time I heard of Children’s Day was a few weeks back when some of my students talked about it. I’m not familiar since we don’t really celebrate it here in the Philippines but once I learned about it, I wished that we also had it here in the Ph. 🙂

  • Travel with Karla

    I love that Korea celebrates children’s day too. When I was working there, my co-worker informed me that we’re not required to go to the office because it’s an official holiday. I love how they value children too. I remember going to amusement parks during holidays, the lines are really long but I can see lots of kids with wide smiles on their faces!

  • Fangirl Clang

    May children’s day ba sa Pinas? Parang di naman kasi yata nacecelebrate, di tulad ng mother’s day or father’s day! Pero meron man o wala pwede din naman yan gawin for the kids… pero di muna sa ngayon. 🙂

  • Hazel

    I didn’t know Korea also celebrate Children’s Day same day as Japan! In Japan, they honor their children by raising koi fish lanterns I think. Ang sarap maging bata noh? In Korea they receive a gift pa? Niicee parang birthday lang hehe

  • Christian Foremost

    I think Christmas is our only Children’s day here in the philippines. It’s great that you’re allowed to stay in open places there in korea. We’re still in complete lockdown, but I’m sure that also means lot more time for family bonding at home.

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