Friday, March 20, 2015

Namsan Tower (Seoul, Korea)

Hello everyone . . . I'm in Korea! I made it safely, and I am beyond excited to be here right now. Stepping out of the airport felt like going home. I spent so much time here that everything is familiar, and I can't wait to see my friends and eat at my favorite places.

Yesterday, Libby and I did one of the few touristy things that I missed out on when I lived here -- we went to Namsan Tower in Seoul. We found a bus that would take us there (luckily, most buses in Seoul have the names of their prominent destinations on them written in English.) Unfortunately, we got off the bus a little early and had to climb a million stairs to get to the top of the mountain. It was actually a really pleasant hike, and it made me remember how much I admire the juxtaposition of nature with the busy cityscapes here. Here are a few pictures from the hike:

Libby and I, reunited at last!

We were lucky enough to get there right around sunset. The sky looked gorgeous as we made the final climb up to the tower, and I got a few amazing pictures (the one on the right is my favorite!). 

Putting locks on the tower is kind of a thing. To the left are some Christmas tree lock combinations (ah, so punny). There were also different fences and grids around so people could express their undying love for whomever they were there with. This is an incredibly popular date night spot, and there are many different ways you can express your devotion (the locks, magnets, pictures, making wishes).
Lots of lovely magnets.

Probably some really sweet messages.

Locks everywhere!!!
Below are some of the spectacular views you can expect to see at the top of Namsan. Unfortunately, "yellow dust" (pollution from China) kind of makes everything look like it's covered in a layer of fog, so the pictures don't really do the view justice. We stayed until we could see the lights come on, and we could see some spectacular views of bright Seoul.

N Tower from ground level, at night.
Hours: 10:00-23:00 Mon-Thurs/Sun, 10:00-24:00 Fri/Sat. Open 365 days a year!

Admission: 9,000 won for adults and 7,000 for children (Observatory only)

Getting There: If you want to go there, check out this website for directions. You can take shuttle buses from certain points for 950 won cash, 850 won with the transportation card.

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