Part 1 : Seoul Namsan Tower (남산) : How to Go?

This would be my second time to the Namsan Tower, one of the signature towers of Seoul. Its most famous as the hotspot for dates as they have an area at the lower concourse where couples may ‘lock’ their relationship with locks on the railings and throw the key away. Its said to be a sign of everlastion relationship but it really all depends on you.

An emotional person who is longing for the other half shall never step into the Namsan Tower because I think the number of intimate couples and their PDA level will kill you pfft.

I’ll update more on the tower itself tomorrow because the number photos I took ‘along-the-journey’ is gonna be quite overwhelming if I put them together with the photos I took while being at the tower itself.

Note: This is not the only passage to the Tower. I just assume that its the most economical way as you can head there by foot after shopping at Myeong Dong.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFirst you would have to be at the Myeong Dong Station, Line 4 and exit at Exit Number 3.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usYou will then see the convenience store on your left, walk straight into the alley next to it.

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One of the better known chicken brands in South Korea, Twotwo. You’ll see this as you walk along the road. Chicken meals here are quite costly. A plate of chicken (about 6-7 pieces) will cose you about 14000Won. That makes maybe about RM 45.

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One of the hotels that’s located nearest to Myeong Dong, one of the best places to shop in Seoul. It’s quite central so I thinkk the lodging price is going to be quite high. I’m not sure though 🙂 I usually choose to stay in a guesthouse in JongRo called BeeWon. It’s really clean and most importantly cheap! Light breakfast provided too.

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In Malaysia we have alot of graffities on walls. Here they have alot of peaceful wall drawings. You’ll see this too as you make your way to the tower. Its a loooooooong alley 🙂

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One of the things that makes me love Seoul : their fabulous coffeeshops!

The ambience in 97.53% of the coffeeshops are really peaceful and clean. On top of that, service here is really good. A cup of drink will most probably and you up with a slice of cake for free. Remember, the next time you head to Korea. Free stuff is referred to as ‘service’.

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Dawn panting already because the alley slowly builds into a slant slope. She hates slopes and Seoul is full of it. Only applies if you like being economical and hence ends up walking every single time to every single destination 😛

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Finally the sign to NamSan at the end of the alley. I would recommend foreigners to just study on how to read Korean before heading there. It would really ease your whole trip because they tend to sign things in English but spell it in Korea. For example, Tower would be Ta-Wo (타워). If you can read, you can easily identify the signs 🙂

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Both of them were taking a rest so I decided to take a memorial photo since I didn’t the last time I was here.

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The 600th slope we have climbed. This is after the Namsan sign.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usLook like some Kindergarten shuttle bus.

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Another vintage-themed cafe.

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Very nicely decorated, and to think that the prices of their menu is standard and not overpriced.

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You gotta love the autumn touch

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I don’t know about you but I find these cars so adorable! Maybe because its pearly white. They’re everywhere in Seoul.

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After arriving at the final slope, it took us about another 5-7 minutes walk to the entrance of the Namsan Cable Car center.

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Decided to go in the evening, so we could see both day and night views from above. It was also because its now summer. Summer in Seoul is horrible, you don’t want to burn yourself under the sun. Can never enjoy the tower 🙂

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Finally found the departure point.

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After all that walk, still needed to climb 3 levels above to purchase our tickets.

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Dawn is relieved that we are finally here! 😛


Me taking a picture of her taking a picture of me 😛

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Aaaaa! Time to rest.

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The pricing board located right on top of the counter. Normally the attendant will be able to speak some English so you won’t need to wonder what is which. Just ask for one way/two way and state your pax

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Bought three tickets. You can choose on whether you want a one or two way ticket. There are quite a number of exits in Namsan so if you choose to take the cable car up and then decide to walk down using different assigned exits, you can just purchase the one-way ticket 🙂

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Brochures stacked ready to help you with your trip!

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You gotta wait for your turn. The cable cars host about 10-20 people per trip so you would have to wait for about 10 minutes if you missed to previous one. As the sign states, you can start queuing once the bell rings.

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The rest of the people behind me. You would think that only foreigners would come to such tourist spots, but be surprised because majority of the people there were young Koreans! (ahemdatingtimeahem)

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For those who watched Boys over Flowers (꽃보다남자), this IS the cable car scene. If not, you would be pleased to know that the cable car is safe and stable. Fullstop pfft.

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Up, up, up and going! Dawn was afraid of heights so she was grabbing on tightly teehee. Funny 😛

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Exhausted striperians. 😛

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Tired banana tourguide of the day.


(to be continued: Part 2)

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