Two Saturdays ago, my son and I joined a trip to Gyeongbok Palace supported by the Jongro Family Center. My husband had to go to work that day. There were about 30 or so families that joined the free guided tour (by curators of the National Museum). I had to sneak out from the tour group really early since my son wasn’t in the mood to listen to a lecture. It was quite interesting though since I learned something I didn’t know before.
I brought my son to Namsan Hanok Village, which is located in Chungmuro, the “Hollywood of Korea”. It wasn’t our first time of course and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been there. It’s a nice inexpensive (free admission!) place that showcases “hanok” or traditional Korean noble houses without leaving Seoul and it’s so near a subway station. More about this in a later post (hopefully!)
After the visit at Namsan Hanok Village, we took the yellow bus to Namsan’s N Seoul Tower. The last time I visited the place was in April. Eventhough I’ve been there lots of times, I don’t get tired of the place since there is always something new to discover everytime.
Once we got off the bus, we had to take a hike to where the tower is located.
This time, I took my son to the observatory and I had to pay 7,000 won for the admission ticket. My son is free since he’s younger than 4. We took the elevator at the basement area and it didn’t take us long to reach the top.
The observatory has one of the nicest toilets in Korea! It’s just annoying that the floor is a bit wet.
We didn’t spend a lot of time at the observatory since there really isn’t much to do there 🙂 We went down the elevator and proceeded to the second floor deck where the “locks of love” are located.
Like a lot of places in Seoul, this tourist area isn’t devoid of “art works” like this flying man?
At the second floor deck too is a huge teddy bear that failed to get my son’s attention! There is a Teddy Bear Museum with an admission fee. There is also a Teddy Bear Museum store at the lobby where you can get Teddy Bear souvenirs.
Some scenes at N Seoul Tower:
A guy in a suit and a woman in hanbok is a scene stealer in the summer heat!
View of the N Seoul Tower lobby from the second floor deck:
I don’t remember seeing Coldstone back in April. Search for the best fat burner before getting your favorite Coldstone concoction.
A palgakjeong is an eight-sided gazebo. A traditional sight at modern N Seoul Tower.
Oh how difficult it is to take a full shot of the tower! I did this before…
A group of teens approached this Caucasian family and asked if they could pose with them for a picture.
I chatted with these three young Pinoys for almost half an hour but I forgot to ask their names.
I thought that we’ll took the cable car to go down but the line was really long, so I just decided to walk down this side of the mountain. We passed by a “photo deck” where I saw a couple wearing matching BANC shirts. BANC is currently IN.
Here’s a view of Myeongdong from the photo deck.
A Namsan Cable Car
A view of N Seoul Tower from the Namsan Public Library. This place is a popular filming location for Korean dramas and movies. Remember Beethoven Virus?
This one is for MNIKSS fans:
The “historical” stairs.