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Dalki Little Farmer Cafe For Kids

June 30, 2010

Hidden away at Seoul’s Olympic Park in Songpa-gu is the most entertaining and comical play-and-eat restaurant for kids.

It was purely an accident that I found a flyer with information about this place. The Global Village Center translated the flyer and told me that the Dalki Cafe was in Olympic Park.

I have to admit that I love this idea of a play-and-eat restaurant that takes the food preferences and comfort of adults into consideration. Chuck E. Cheese pales in comparison to Korea’s restaurants for kids.

So, on a recent field trip to Seoul Olympic Museum, I asked around about the location and was pointed to the cafe which was just beyond the winged Olympic Park landmark.

The atmosphere inside the restaurant was warm and inviting. Lots of natural wood makes the space feel very organic.

Tables were available with chairs or on the floor with pillows.

An admittance fee of 10,000W per child is required in order to enter and play.

Street shoes are not worn inside the building. A locker is provided to each guest for shoe storage.

Along the ceiling beams, decorators have added a highway with little cars glued to the surface. Airplanes hang from the rafters leaving trails of cotton smoke.

There are a variety of play spaces set up around the building — blocks and books in one corner, a computer center, bouncy marshmallow mountain, Dongchimee slide, ball pit, zip line, and more.

By far, the weirdest play area was the Dongchimee slide. Dongchimee is basically a poop guy character who is obsessed with making poop sculptures. Apparently, dung is a playful topic to discuss with kids. Later I’ll write about a children’s book we bought called, “Holding Poop At Night” by Choon hee Lee and illustrated by Eun sook Sim — an interesting read and quite culturally informative.

Dongchimee’s slide comes complete with a giant, swirly poop, topped with a fly.

Dongchimee wears a poop swirl on his head and snot drips from his nose. It’s just another interesting aspect of Quirky Korea that a restaurant would build its theme around a poop character! Can you imagine that happening at an eatery in your hometown?

And, here’s Dongchimee with his toilet paper roll bench, followed by a diagram of Dongchimee making his infamous Poop Sculptures!

Not such a great segue into the discussion of food options, but, hey, that’s life in Korea.

Lots of great food and beverage options are available, and we were happy with our meal choices.

We ordered spaghetti with red sauce and topped with yummy mushrooms and mozzarella chunks. (Be sure to slice up the mozzarella as it’s a bit of a choking hazard. We also ordered a Kabocha Pumpkin stuffed with Korean red bean rice. There were several choices of pasta dishes and rice dishes on the menu. The size of the meal was pretty large so I would recommend sharing between two people. The place mats were really cute and had dot-to-dot activities for the kids.

This soup came with our Pumpkin and Rice. It had ICE CUBES in it which we all thought was interesting! It was a pickled daikon soup with cucumber and seaweed. The flavor wasn’t bad but it was very intense — like drinking sweet pickle juice.

There was also a nice birthday party room, and pictures on the website indicate that a costumed Dalki character can even be booked to attend the party. If you can read Korean, here’s a poster with the party options.

In the party room, the window ledge was lined with a row of plastic cups with colored gravel inside. I thought it was in interested decorating technique that was really inexpensive. The little touch of color in the window was quite festive.

A gift shop offered several fun Dalki accessories and some organic rice and kimchi.

Video screens are visible from around the building to keep track of kids while they play.

We also noticed a craft room where a variety of hands-on art projects are offered for kids. I didn’t notice the schedule, but you could call and ask.

Address
Seoul Olympic Park
Bangi-Dong
Songpa-Gu
Seoul, Korea

Directions By Train

Take the Pink Line, Line 8 to the Mongchontoseong Station.
Use Exit 1.
You will come up right in front of the giant Olympic Park gate.
Walk through the gate and you will see the Dalki Cafe to your right.
It’s about a one minute walk from Mongchontoseong’s Exit 1.

Cost
5,000W Adults, 10,000W Children
Includes play for 2 hours
After 2 hours, cost is an additional 500W per half hour.

Food
Food prices vary and food purchase is not required to play.

TEL
02.2203.2761

Hours
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Half price after 7:30 PM

Olympic Park Map

20 Comments
  1. Erica permalink

    Thanks for the info! Very informative, and the pics help too!

  2. jenonymously permalink

    Hi Erica,
    So glad you found this helpful! It’s so nice to know that someone is reading this! Hope you get a chance to take a trip to the cafe. It’s a fun experience.

  3. Elizabeth permalink

    Thanks for your wonderful directions and photo’s of both Strawberry Land and the Hello Kitty Restaurant. Will be trying both !! Do you know how far the drive is from Itaewon to the Hello Kitty Restaurant ??
    Thanks again,
    Elizabeth

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      You are so welcome. I’m thrilled that it is helpful to you. You and your kids will love both of these places. The food can be a little pricey, but the environment is just so cool. Also, the portion sizes are healthy, so kids can easily share a meal.
      I would say the drive from Itaewon to the Hello Kitty Restaurant in Ilsan is about 25 to 30 minutes. I always drive when I go there because navigating the subway with three kids is more challenging. I like to drive so I can see and discover new places along the way. For me, it was an easy drive. I took the Gangbyeon Expressway for part of the way and then got off the highway when I got close to Ilsan. Do you have a good map?
      Good luck! You can do it!
      Jenny

  4. I have been searching high and low for information regarding Dalki Cafe, so glad I finally found your blog! I’m visiting Seoul with my almost one-year old baby in December and have been surfing for information on places that I can bring him to, such as Dalki Cafe, but directions in English are so hard to find! Thank you for the detailed post, particularly the directions, it is very helpful. And because of your blog, I also found out about Hello Kitty Cafe!

    • Hi there,
      I’m really glad this post was helpful to you. I know what you mean about how difficult it can be to find good information in English. That’s exactly the reason I started posting and sharing my experiences so that other moms could have an opportunity to explore some of the amazing things I found in and around Seoul. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. It’s so great to hear that people are getting something helpful from my posts.

      Regarding your question about the Dalki Theme Park in Heyri Art Village, it is a wonderfully awesome place to take kids too! I have been meaning to share my pictures and experiences at Heyri for months, but I have yet to do it. Definitely the trip is worth the hassle to travel there. The theme park has three separate Dalki play spaces. Each has a separate entrance charge but they are in the 3000 to 5000 Won range if I remember correctly. There’s SO much to do in Heyri that it would take too long to write about here. But I can tell you that it’s a ton of fun and very entertaining for kids and adults.
      The main difference is that the Dalki Cafe is a restaurant with a play area and the Dalki Theme Park is strictly a play space. There are several food options around the building (we ate at a pizza shop in the shopping center.) Also, I wouldn’t actually define the Heyri spot as a “Theme Park” even though that’s what they call it. It’s really more of a play space with lots of interesting zones for kids to play in. The funniest part was when you walk through Dongchimee’s small intestine and see his poop lab with all of his poop sculptures on display. You kind of have to see it to believe it. Definitely go!
      Thanks again for your comments,
      Jenny

  5. A quick question: Have you been to Dalki theme park at Heyri Art Valley? How does this cafe compare to the one at Heyri? I’m wondering if it’s worth the hassle of traveling to Heyri for the Dalki theme park there…

  6. Thank you so much for your reply! Dalki at Heyri sounds great! Looks like I will have to try to fit it into my itinerary.. never realize there are so many places to go with kids in Seoul.. Initially I thought it’s just Lotte World and Everland.. After reading your blog, now there’s Dalki theme park, Hello Kitty Restaurant, Olympic Park and Little Prince Cafe which all sounds so fun! But I probably can’t do them all… :(

    Do you know any place / eateries in Central Seoul (Myeongdong / Dongdaemun area) that has large indoor play areas?

  7. Thank you for doing this. We read bat the children’s museum in ur blog and went the same day. It was fantastic. I do plan to share ur blog with more friends. Great job

    • That’s great! I’m glad to hear you had a good trip. I love to hear that you are getting out and enjoying Seoul with your little ones! Thanks for your comment.

  8. Daffodil Guerrero permalink

    Hi Jenny, Thanks for this very helpful post. I just want to ask if they have a menu in english?

    • Hi Daffodil,
      Thanks a bunch for your comment. I apologize that it’s taken me so long to respond. Just moved to Tokyo a few months ago. Whew!
      As I recall, there was not an English menu, however, there were pictures on the menu, and as you probably know in Korea, most people understand English, so I’m sure the servers would help explain anything that wasn’t clear.
      Hope you made it out there for lunch.
      Jenny

  9. thanks for the referenceto dalki cafe and theme park–we are in seoul right now visiting family and yours is the only english-reviewed kids bloggie! we’re also going to check out coco mong cafe. i hear it’s good for kids.

    • Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond and say thank you for your nice comment! We moved to Japan from Texas and I’m finally getting life sorted out again. International moves are so hard!
      Thanks for sharing your comment with me. I hope you had a fantastic visit in the amazing city of Seoul.
      Jenny

  10. Christina burton permalink

    Love the info!!! How far would you say it is from Osan AB? I’m nervous to travel on the bus :/ lol I want to take my son!!!!

    • Hi Christina,
      The Dalki Little Farmer Cafe is at Olympic Park near the Jamsil area. It’s Southeast of downtown Seoul, so closer to Osan. I would say it would take 45 minutes to an hour and a half depending on traffic. Don’t be afraid. You can do it! Take a friend and make a day of it. You will love the Olympic Park area and you son will have great memories. Good luck. Let me know if you make it out there.
      Jenny

  11. Reblogged this on onyusbsquad and commented:
    See? how cute dalki is kyaaaaaa…. huumm, i wish i could go there >.<

  12. Reblogged this on Seoul Cafe Diaries and commented:
    Seoulties & Cafes: For those of you with kids^^

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