I stayed in Myeongdong area for the whole duration of my trip but I only decided to visit Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower on my last day. Instead of trying to fit in my itinerary other tourist spots in Seoul that I have not visited yet, I opted to explore these famous landmarks. I followed the detailed directions posted on the wall near the stairs on our hostel. Though the road was steep and it did made me a little breathless, the view was worth it. It was so close to our hostel, I regret not having my early morning walk here.
Namsan park is really beautiful. Cherry trees are everywhere. There are also different varieties of colorful flowers too. I LOVE flowers and I cannot resist taking lots and LOTS of pictures! ^_^I am a photography enthusiast but I do not own a dSLR or any professional camera nor did I have any formal training yet so I was so happy at how my point-and-shoot camera took macro shots of the flowers! I always use the automatic setting of my camera to avoid the fuss so I was really pleasantly surprised at how it made the flowers stand out and how it blurred out the background which resulted in a gorgeous bokeh effect.
Seoul has a lot of public places where people can hang out and be in harmony with nature. It is no wonder even children and elderly people hike as a form of leisure activity. There are bench and clean rest rooms in the park and aside from the traditional-looking street lamps, I have also noticed almost every nook of the park has CCTV cameras too.
It would have been better if we have more parks and open spaces in Manila than malls. Quality time would mean having picnics while exchanging stories on how your week went, holding your love one’s hand instead of being glued to your cellphone, teaching the children how to ride a bike or fly a kite, and playing with them instead of them being hooked on video games.
I wanted to hike up until I reach the tower, but I opted to try the cable car which cost ₩8500 round trip. It was just a short ride but I did get a good glimpse on how the city looked like from above.
N Seoul Tower is famous for its Locks of Love. Part of the reason I kept on postponing going here is because I thought this place is mostly for lovers because of all the Korean TV dramas and reality variety show such as We Got Married that I have watched. But a friend who went here with her sister a couple of days ahead of me said she did not feel out of place at all so that encouraged me to go here even if I am alone.
Aside from the Locks of Love, N Seoul Tower also has a digital observatory, a roof terrace, Teddy Bear Museum, the HanCook restaurant, the n.Grill restaurant, and the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. Since I am pressed for time, I did not have a chance to try any of these. I just explored the area outside of the tower before I went back to get my things from the hostel and go to the airport. They said that Namsan Tower is gorgeous at night when it is lit up because the colors and patterns changes with the season and the weather. Since I can view this from afar, I admit I have taken this for granted thinking it is near and I can always do this on the other night, but I ended up postponing because I always come back pretty late and so exhausted. I must really go here at night when I come back next year so I can see it closer. If only I could stay longer in Seoul…I will. There are still so many places to see!
Namsan Park 남산공원 231, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 삼일대로 231 (예장동) |
N Seoul Tower (N 서울타워) 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)
Operating Hours: Cable Car: 10:00 – 23:00 | Observation Platform: 10:00 – 23:00 (-24:00 on Sat)
Admission Fees: Namsan Cable Car: Adults round trip ₩ 8500, one way ₩6000; youth round trip ₩5500, one way ₩3500. | Observatory: Adults ₩9000; seniors and youth ₩7000; children ₩5000.
Directions: Subway: Go out exit #2 or 3 at Myeong-dong Station on Seoul Subway Line 4. Walk for about 15 minutes to reach the street laying next to Pacific Hotel. The boarding place for the cable car should be seen.
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