Seoul Tower

After my time in Yeouido and Hangang Park a few weeks ago I took a cab to the other side of the river so that I could hike Namsan Park up to Seoul Tower.

I love taking a cab in this city for several reasons.  It’s more expensive than riding the subway for sure, but it’s not that bad when you compare it to rates back home.  And most of the time it’s a lot faster, especially if you have to transfer subway lines which totally slows you down.  In a cab you’re above ground getting to look at all the cool things Seoul has to offer.  And because you are up above, you get acquainted with direction, North from South and whatnot.   Traveling by subway confuses me because I never quite fully understand which direction I’m going.  Yes, you can probably get a lot of the satisfaction I just mentioned from taking the bus, but that option is rarely in English and can be difficult to navigate for the first time on your own.

I had the cabby drop me at Seoul Station and started hiking up the hill.  Once you’re at the Hilton, Namsan Park is directly across the street.  Up to this point the walk is uphill, but this is where it really turns in to an uphill battle.  Pretty much the whole hike is up stairs

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There are several statues at the bottom section of Namsan Park.  Kim Koo and Lee Si-yeong are both Korean independence leaders who fought against the Japanese and Chinese, all while maintaining an Anti-West motto, according to the plaques found in the park.

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Up more steps leads you to the indoor botanical garden, mini zoo, Seoul Science Park and museums for more independence leaders.  There were old dudes playing Korean chess everywhere.  At this point you are greeted by the following view of Seoul Tower and the uphill climb ahead of you.

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Most of the climb looks just like this.

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I stopped at this observation spot about ½ way up to take a break.  My knee was throbbing, I was sweating profusely and it was time to hydrate.  The view was pretty good too.

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At the top of the climb, there is a lot to do at Seoul Tower.  Observation decks, restaurants, including one that revolves like at the Space Needle, and gift shops.  There are also exhibit halls, Fairy Land for the kids, and a folk museum.  I didn’t do any of it.  I was exhausted from the hike up the mountain, realizing why most people take the cable car.  And I was content with having gotten some exercise and taking in the view.

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Two pretty cool things to note about the area at the top.  There are these people made out of wire hanging above the entrance, they look like they’re floating.  I’m assuming they are used for some kind of show?  I’ve heard that there is a light show put on at night.  And the other cool thing is the locks of love found all over the top portion of the observation platform, at the base of the tower.  It started a few years back.  As a way for couples to wish for eternal love, they attach a lock, either writing on the lock itself or on an attached rubber heart, to the fence and chuck the keys.  The idea was taken from Tokyo Tower a few years ago, and popularity has increased dramatically since an appearance on an MBC reality program titled “We’ve Got Married” in June ’08.

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on August 15, 2009.

3 Responses to “Seoul Tower”

  1. I think this post is my favorite one so far. I love the lock pictures 🙂

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