Friday, November 4, 2011

Seoul Day 2: City Lights from N Seoul Tower

A trip to South Korea is surely not complete without a visit in N Seoul Tower.  A 236 m tower sitting on top of a 246 m mountain.  A great view of the whole Seoul may be seen from the observation deck, great by day time but spectacular during the night where millions of shimmering city lights is in the limelight.

After dinner at the Namsam Park, Kat and I paved our way to the parking lot where the cable car is located.  Although one can hike up to the base of the tower through Namsan Park, we opted for a ride at the cable car because our legs are about to go on a suicide.

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Cable Car Platform



If without this option, we could have gone into an intense one-hour (or more!) workout.  Fee for the cable car ride is 7500 won back and forth while going one way is 6000 won.

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N Seoul Tower from below

Up the N Seoul Tower are temple, cafés, restaurants, the Teddy bear museum (Entrance fee is 8000 won for adults, 6000 won for youth, 5000 won for children) and the viewing deck (7000 Won).

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Buddhist Fortress


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Bears welcoming you

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I need a bearhug


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Bearland

We didn’t enter the viewing deck (Entrance fee is 9000 won, 7000 won for youth, 5000 won for children) because with the total height 482m, you would already have a good view of the city below.  It was such a beauty, like the whole city being lit up by Christmas lights. 

I find it amusing how the wall around the tower is accentuated with locks with dedications of unending love and promises of forever.
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Devotional Locks / Promises of Forever

Seoul is a city of love.  I have seen a lot of Korean couples publicly displaying their affection to one another.  And it seems that it is part of their culture.

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I Love You (from Seoul)

Unlike in the Philippines where you get stared at and sometimes get reprimanded, Koreans, even the old, seem to be ok about the youth hugging and kissing in the open.

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Trees of Love

So a great and big love from Korea’s tallest landmark, N Seoul Tower! Let’s follow these Koreans and profess our feelings in our most comfortable way. =p

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N Seoul Tower
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How to get there:  Take subway station Line 4 to Myeongdong Station.  Take Exit 3.  Take the wide road next to the convenience store (711).  Walk straight to the left of Pacific Hotel.  Continue walking through the commercial quarter until you reach the stairway.  Walk up the stairway.  Walk past the restaurant (located on your right) until you find a vacant lot (Parking Lot) which is where the Cable Car Platform is located.

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Cable Car

Tickets for the cable car can be bought on the 3rd floor while the cable cars are on the 4th floor.

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N Seoul Tower
Seoul-si Yongsan-gu Yongsandong
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Seoul, South Korea

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