Koreans adore children and make them the centre of attention, so travelling with your offspring here is highly recommended. Expect the locals to be particularly helpful and intrigued. Check out www.travelwithyourkids.com for general advice and a first-hand report on Seoul for kids, which gives the city a thumbs up.

Zoos, funfairs and parks can be found in most cities along with cinemas, DVD rooms, internet rooms, video-game arcades, ten-pin bowling alleys, norae-bang (karaoke rooms), pool tables and board-game cafes. Children will rarely be more than 100m away from an ice-cream, cake or fast-food outlet. In winter hit the ski slopes, and in summer head for the water parks or beaches.

For general advice pick up a copy of Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children.

Practicalities

Only luxury hotels are likely to be able to organise a cot, but you could always ask for a yo (traditional floor mattress). Few restaurants have high chairs. Nappy-changing facilities are more common in Seoul toilets than in the provinces.