Escape to Seoul Day 4 (Part 1 of 2)

Day 4 Itinerary:

  • Namsan Tower
  • Namdaemun Market
  • Myeongdong
  • Hongdae
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There is no question – we woke up late (AGAIN) on our 4th day. Our plan is to meet Mo, Kizia’s friend, in Namsan Tower. Before heading there, we grabbed lunch at a Korean Restaurant in Jong-ro area.

Almost lost my camera (ssshhh don’t tell BF, it was actually his’) but didn’t– it was in my pocket all along. But the good thing here is that I learned that most Koreans, no matter how scary they look (ajhumma is kind of masungit) are kind enough to help you out and flip our table to look for my supposedly lost camera. 🙂

Anyway….

I researched that to get to Namsan Tower, you must take the subway and then ride a bus to Namsan.

As it turns out, I think we got off at the wrong stop or took the wrong exit, because the bus that we’re supposed to take is nowhere to be found. In the end, we just hailed a cab and were dropped off at the cable car center/building/station.

I also learned that you can take the Namsan Ormi Elevator that can easily take you to the cable car station. Take Line 4 to Myeongdong Station and get out of Exit 4 to the memorial plaza of No. 3 Tunnel. Take the glass elevator and enjoy the view!

If you don’t want to take the cable car, you can always walk! Haha. Or take the bus.

From Exit 4 of Seoul Station on Line 1, take the 0014, 402 or 02 buses and get off at Namsan Library stop.

One way ticket is 6,000won. I forgot how much for the round trip tickets but we only took a one-way so we could ‘explore’ another route.

To be honest, this is my first time to ride a cable car. And I am glad my first time was in Korea. The view was spectacular.

It was very scary and exciting at the same time. From the outside, the cable car seems to be moving slow. But when you’re inside, the speed is similar to a bike ride. I bet it’s better if we went there during night-time.

After a few minutes and you get to the top:

Amazing. I love it.

N Seoul Tower was built in 1971 as a broadcasting tower. Tourists have enjoyed the scenery – a full view of Seoul – since 1980 when they extended the observation deck. Now, the tower houses a number of restaurants, cafes, and a wine bar.

You can also visit the Teddy Bear Museum where you’ll learn about Seoul’s development with the help of the cute teddy bears.

Namsan Park is also well-known for the “love locks” as what I’d like to call it, around the area. Couples, friends or family put up locks at the gates to symbolize their undying love or promise to each other.

If you want to put your locks there, search for the lock fences (like the picture above). They tend to take down the fences if they’re overloaded and make it into tree shapes.

Here's me in between the 'lock trees'

But you can put yours in the trees if you want. 🙂

With enough pictures, we decided to stroll around and look for Kizia’s friend, Mo. But instead of finding her, we both ended up buying a Namsan Tower Tumblr. 🙂 I also bought several stickers in the souvenir shop. We looked for Mo while our pockets slowly being emptied. After an hour or so, we decided to go back to Myeongdong to shop (we gave up after, since we couldn’t really find her anywhere)!

We walked downhill towards the bus stop and devoured fresh air.

And we didn’t get lost, which is good news!

What else is there to do in Namsan Park? Check out this funny video from Simon and Martina (eatyourkimchi). 

I will skip the Myeongdong (part 2) story because we just burned our money there. But remember that you’ll never go wrong with Myeongdong (that’s funny).

We grabbed something to eat, freshened up (more of dressed up and got ready to party) and went to Hongdae to see how nightlife is in Seoul. 🙂 I don’t have pictures but I sure do have stories! Stay tuned!

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