The average household in South Korea is comprised of 2.5 people. Obviously that means that the average family has less than 1 child. Yet, there is more kid stuff here than I’ve seen in any city across America! There are zoos, playgrounds, toy stores, and kids cafes up the wazoo! So for our kids, that means they practically get the entire place to themselves. Today, Eclair and Daddy checked out the indoor petting zoo in Korea located underneath the movie theater. Why not pack an entire herd of sheep into an underground structure? The smell alone is worth the experience.
Day 40 South Korea Family Travel Journal:
Indoor Animal Theme Park (Petting Zoo)
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I&ZOO Petting Zoo in Korea
Incheon, South Korea
Phone: Sunday – Saturday 10:30am – 10pm
Price: ₩15,000 All ages
This petting zoo is a lot of fun for toddler aged kids. There are a wide variety of animals including raccoons, skunks, lemurs, hampsters, bunnies and more, most of which the kids can pet with some assistance outside their cages. Carrots are also available for purchase to feed the animals and was the icing on the cake for Eclair.
Not only that, but Eclair needed some new shoes, and I needed to find a popsicle store that sold a brownie ice cream sandwich like we found in Seoul! Plus, the zoo was $15 per person so we split up and tackled both of these problems head on. Of course, that’s not all we did.
Eclair and Daddy got some churros and corn dogs, because apparently we are obsessed with churros. If you have $70,000 laying around will you please open a Street Churros franchise next door to our home in Utah?
The twins along with the baby and I took the subway up to Campus Town to explore the neighborhood next door to Lotte Castle. Remember Lotte World, Korea’s Largest Indoor Amusement Park? Yeah, the Lotte empire also builds neighborhoods; like massive, towering, high rise apartment buildings in the sky they aptly named Lotte Castle. The apartments are 2,000 square feet a piece!
Within this castle complex there is an entire shopping center. By the time we get through Triple Street, it’s just a few more steps to Technopark and the Subway. Campus Town is just one stop away, and we didn’t realize until today how much cheaper things are in Campus Town! We should have been coming here all along. The kids and I picked up a donburi and udon lunch for ₩5,000 a piece.
Then it was time to see if the 50% Ice Cream store held the coveted brownie ice cream sandwich. The anticipation was almost too great for any of us to handle. If you remember, this was the very first popsicle store we found during our time here in South Korea. There are 8 deep chest freezers, yet… not one of them had the brownie ice cream sandwich!!
They did have a comparable, though slightly inferior, chocolate macaron ice cream sandwich. We bought it and ate it, and we enjoyed it, but we were still disappointed.
Meanwhile, Daddy and Eclair treated themselves to some Dippin’ Dots and Weeny Beeny while they shopped for shoes that I told him not to spend more than $15 on. He did not adhere to my stipulations.
Also on the agenda for today was getting a haircut in South Korea. I was secretly hoping they would give Gabriel a bowl cut. Half hoping and half fearful. He assured me that wouldn’t happen, which was almost as disappointing as not finding the brownie ice cream sandwich. At the salon in Techopark they charge ₩33,000 for a haircut in South Korea! Whereas in Campus Town the same haircut was just ₩8,000! Unfortunately, he came out unscathed with his standard high fade cut.
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Incheon, South Korea
For dinner we chose a little Korean pop-up eatery that serves spicy chicken and black pork. Gabriel had one more promise to fulfill with Eclair so he headed back with her, and I waited for the food to finish. But when I got it I realized it wouldn’t be nearly enough for our hungry family so I gestured that we wanted another bowl of it and waited.
I waited nearly 20 minutes while she busily worked in the kitchen and then finally she brought over the food she’d already prepared and put it on the counter. I paid her, still thinking she was making me more, but she walked away and left the diner entirely. Obviously, I was very confused and so we left.
Nothing new! We popped into the ice cream store and grabbed two more sandwiches to take home. We made our way back to the train before realizing the kids left their scooters at the diner.
They ran back to get them while I waited some more, already knee deep in a series of unfortunate events that were only about to get worse. At this point we figured it would be faster to take the bus. When Scott showed us the bus home from Campus Town I swore he said we could take either 81, 91 or 92. We tried 92 the other day and that was the long bus. So, the kids and I hopped on 81 after a 9 minute wait already anxious for the ice cream.
The bus was going in the general direction of our apartment, but not necessarily short or direct. When we were at a point of no return, the kids and I got off. Thank goodness, because it turned away from home directly after we got off. We were still a half mile away from home holding food that was getting cold, and ice cream that was melting. We started walking as fast as possible back to our apartment and about halfway there the 91 came along.
Chances that I forget which bus to take next time are slim to none. We had to run a few hundred feet to catch it, but we made it, and jumped on to ride it one stop home!
The ice cream was half melted, but we put it in the freezer anyway, and intend to eat it. And that is how an average day goes in South Korea when you are a foreigner feeling like a misunderstood animal in a petting zoo.