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Gyms and Play Classes for Kids in Korea

October 20, 2010

In recent years, families in South Korea have begun to adopt America’s fascination with mini gyms and play and music classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even school age kids. This phenomenon is due in large part to an increased number of overweight children. Korean children’s lives are highly centered on studying and educational pursuits, sometimes into the late evening hours of the day. They have little free time to run and play. That, combined with more Westernized dietary habits is beginning to have an effect on young people’s health and more children are showing signs of obesity.

Parents have started to combat this trend by embracing fitness centers and gyms for children which have flourished in South Korea over the last decade There are lots of options for parents. One benefit for foreigners is that many of the gyms also use the opportunity to teach English to Korean kids. This makes participation by English-speaking kids very easy.

Here are some choices for you to explore:

Gymboree Play & Music
This U.S.-based fitness and developmental play program for children entered the Korean market around 2002. Now there are 60 clubs across South Korea. Below is a list of locations near you.

The Gymboree location in Hannam Dong runs a class by English speakers. Many foreign children attend that class.

You can also follow Gymboree Korea on Twitter: @GYMBOREEKOREA

South Korea (http://www.gymboree.co.kr/


Central City
103-1 Central City BPC, 19-3 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu
Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
822-6282-2800
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Apgujeong
5F Hanyang Town, 665-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
822-549-7727
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Lotte World
2B-11, 2F Lotte World Shopping Mall, 40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songp
Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
822-3431-2335
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Plaza
4F Hanil B/D, 214-406 Icheon-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu,
82-53-473-5005
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Daechi
3F Sigma B/D, 936-16 Daechi-Dong, Gangnam-Gu
Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
822-564-6873
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Mokdong
3F Mijin Sports B/D 88-5 Sinjeong 2-dong, Yangcheon-gu
Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
822-2644-8439
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Bundang
4F, 102, Complex #1 l’park, Jeongja-dong, Bundang-gu
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
82-31-711-3422
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Gwangmyeong
3F Joil Plaza, 61-1 Haan-dong, Gwangmyeong-si
Gyeonggi-do
822-895-3286
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Pyeongchon-Gwacheon
8F Myeongseong B/D 1041-3 Hogye-dong, Dongan-gu
Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
82-31-386-6500
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Suwon
#801 Damoa Plaza, 959-4 Yeongtong-dong, Yeongtong-gu
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
82-31-206-4403
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Seongdong-Gwangjin
4F Jekang B/D 289-10, 3-dong, Seongsu 2-Ga, Seongdong-Gu
Seoul
822-463-1477
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Haeundae-Namcheon
5F Byucksan e-orange Plaza,1435 U-dong,Haeundae-gu, Busan,
82-51-747-0085
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Boramae
3F Boramae Academy Tower, 395-69 Sindaebang 2-dong, Dongjak-
Seoul, South Korea
822-831-9871
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Masan-Changwon
#213, 2F, Culture Academy Center, CitySeven, Dudae-dong,
Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
82-55-600-5377
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Dongnae-Geumjeong
6F Choice B/D, 475-18 Oncheon 1-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan,
82-51-553-4967
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Eunpyeong
3F Taeho B/D 87-1 Eungam 1-dong, Eunpyeong-gu
Seoul
822-354-7474
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Nowon
4F Winners B/D 336-2 Sanggye 2-dong, Nowon-gu
Seoul
822-939-2982
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Chilgok-Donbaek
4F Hours B/D, 912-2 Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu,
82-53-321-2236
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Mapo-Gongduk
2F Mapo Shin Yeongjiwell, 461 Gongduk-dong, Mapo-gu
Seoul
822-706-7070
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Saha
6F Hyangwon B/D, 304-12 Dangni-dong, Saha-gu, Busan,
82-51-293-1878
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Bucheon
6F Royal Plaza, 1062-4 Jung-dong, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si,
Gyeonggi-do
82-32-325-5176
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IIsan
4F West Wing, Taeyoung Plaza, 73 Juyeop-dong, Ilsan-gu
Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
82-31-914-7744
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Busan Namgu
#202 Taegang Plaza, 73-1 Daeyeon-dong
Nam-gu, Busan
822-51-643-4627
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Hongdae
#507 LG Palace, 165-8 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-Gu
Seoul
822-3143-3368
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Seongbuk-Jongno
5F Samsung B/D 63-1 Dongsomun-dong 3-ga, Seongbuk-gu
Seoul
822-924-9358
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Gangdong
9F Seongbo B/D, 455 Cheonho-dong, Gangdong-gu
Seoul
822-476-0797
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Ulsan-Namgu
4F BYC B/D, 1257-7 Dal-dong, Nam-gu, Ulsan,
82-52-258-1935
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Siji
4F Kumpo B/D, 567-3 Sinmae-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
82-53-793-2451
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Hwaeong
6F Yojin Tower, 973 Hwajeong-dong, Deokyang-gu Goyang-si
Gyeonggi-do
82-31-978-8810
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Gwangju-Cheomdan
5F Ace B/D, 889-1 Wolgye-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju,
82-62-974-3600
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Wonju
3F Yuseong B/D, 71-1 Ilsan-dong, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do,
82-33-747-0049
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Hannam
3F Iris Plaza, 29-6 annam-dong, Yongsan-gu
Seoul
822-749-7575
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Gangseo
6F Tpoia B/D 14-51 Gayand-dong, Gangseo-gu
Seoul
822-3664-1228
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Seongseo
3F, 1198-3 Igok-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu,
82-53-588-7557
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Ansan
#609 Jangeun Tower 706-3, Gojan-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si,
Gyeonggi-do
82-31-480-9696
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Sanbon-Uiwang
4F Changseon B/D, 1132 Sanbon-dong, Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do,
82-31-398-7206
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Yeongdeungpo-Guro
2F Daesung Skyrex 107-1 Guro-dong, Guro-Gu
Seoul
822-839-9922
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Cheonan-Asan
3F Daseon B/D, 203-22 Ssangyong-dong, Cheonan-si,
Chungcheongnam-do
82-41-578-1443
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Guri Namyangju
5F Daeseong B/D, 199-1 Gyomun-dong, Guri-si, Gyeonggi-do,
82-31-554-3344
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Gangbuk-Dobong
8F Susung B/D 229-15 Suyu-dong, Gangbuk-gu
Seoul
822-905-7572
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Bupyeong-Gyeyang
#3, 5F Saerom Plaza, 212-4Yongjong-dong, Gyeyang-gu, Incheon
82-32-541-3355
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Sasang-Bukgu
7F Kumho Tower, 2277-3 Hwamyeong-dong, Buk-gu, Busan
82-51-343-6171
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Namdong-Yeonsu
4F Rodeo Plaza, 1463-2 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon,
82-32-433-7522
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Songpa
#403, 108-5 Garak-dong, Songpa-gu
Seoul
822-400-1721
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Gimhae
#601, 6F, Deoksan Bestcore, 1256-3,4 Oe-dong, Gimhae-si,
Gyeongsangnam-do
82-55-328-3535
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Gwangju-Seogu
8F Hoejae B/D, 793-3 Kumho-dong, Seo-gu, Gwangju,
82-62-682-4010
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Daejeon
6F Picasso B/D, 1014 Dunsan-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon,
82-42-487-7590
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Pohang
648-12, I-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do,
82-54-232-0230
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Suwon-Jangan
#501 Daeil Plaza, 528-3 Cheoncheon-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si
Gyeonggi-do
82-31-269-9334
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Suncheon-Gwangyang
2F Taesan B/D, 1480-4 Yeonhyang-dong, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam
82-61-723-2912
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Jeonju
4F BYC B/D, 792 Seosin-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk
82-63-251-0508
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Uijeongbu
7F Songsanjungang Plaza, 732-3 Millak-dong, Uijeongbu-si,
Gyeonggi-do
82-31-852-6880
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Jinju
3F Buphwa B/D, 581-4 Sinan-dong, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do,
85-55-748-3368
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Dongdaemun-Jungnang
#311, #312 Samsung Chereville, 371-1 Jangan-dong, Dongdaemun
Seoul
822-2214-6250
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Mokpo
6F Dongbang Tower, 930-3 Sang-dong, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do,
82-61-283-0765
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Chuncheon
#305, 3F, Prime Tower, 880-4 Seoksa-dong, Chuncheon-si,
Gangwon-do
82-33-263-7252
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Yongin-Suji
5F Jungsu Plaza, 1080-20 Pungdeokcheon-dong, Yongin-si,
Gyeonggi-do
82-31-266-6337
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Sangin-Lotte
4F, Eojin B/D, 255-2 Sangin-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu,
82-53-644-0030
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Dongtan
7F Neo Plaza 87-7, Bansong-dong, Hwasung-si, Gyeonggi-do,
82-31-8050-7770
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Gymboree Korea – Homeoffice
2F gangnam B/D 1321-1 Seocho-dong
Seocho-gu Seoul
822-596-0949

A second option is My Gym, another U.S.-based franchise, which has programs for kids 10 and under.
http://www.my-gym.co.kr/

The first franchise opened in September 2003. There are two locations.
Kangbyun Center in Gui-ui dong Gwang-jin Gu, and Chungdam Center in Chung-dam dong, Kang-nam Gu.

Kangbyun Guui Center Address:
202 Samsung chereville, 199-18 Gu-ui dong, Gwang-jin Gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
TEL. 02-3425-2033
http://www.my-gym.co.kr/KANGBYUN/index.asp

Chungdam Center
1-10 Chung-dam dong, Kang-nam Gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
TEL. 02-545-7665 FAX.02-553-1981
E-MAIL. jjalsun

http://www.my-gym.co.kr/CHUNGDAM/index.asp

Parents can also do birthday parties for kids here. It can be difficult to find fun spaces with English-speaking staff for birthday parties for kids in Korea. My Gym offers birthday packages packed with fun. I love that the party food on the kids’ plates includes half a banana and fruit! They’re drinking milk, too, instead of soda.

At the Chungdam location, ballet classes are also offered.

My Gym in Korea is also looking for English-speaking instructors and you can find recruiting information on their website.

A third choice for moms and babies is Mana Moro. It’s website bills it as an “enlightening place for mom and baby.”
http://www.manamoro.com/

It is located behind My Gym in Gangnam.
Address: Gangnam-dong 1-10 B1
Phone: 02-545-7665
Classes for moms and babies are offered daily.

With these many options, you’re sure to find a class to meet your needs. An added benefit is that by getting out into the community and mingling with other parents, you will make some great new friends for both you and your baby.

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