Adventures, Korea

Namsan Tower & its Love Locks and more at Seoul City, South Korea

We had no time to catch some more Z’s given our brief stay in the city. The group was packed up at 9 am and decided to snack out at Tous Les Jours near the guesthouse. I had no idea of what places we’re going to visit except that I am expecting to be at least on top of the Namsan Tower by the end of the day.

Getting off at Anguk Station, the first stop was the traditional Korean village called Bukchon. It was a big residential community were traditional Korean houses still stand. According to the locals, only high ranking government officials and the nobility were allowed to live there during the Joseon dynasty. Bukchon is located north of the Cheonggye Stream, hence the name Bukchon which means north village. Upon walking around the area for a few hours, I believe that the residents there are stil predominantly rich people since a number of luxury cars are sported in the house garages.

After having lunch at Bukchon Topokki, we sidetracked to the Changdeokgung Palace which was, yet another Korean temple village. I highly favor the great architecture of the temples and its natural setting complimented by the gardens but it was so close to watching the grass grow.

Before heading to the Namsan Tower, the gang decided to do a little of the girls’ expertise at Myeong-dong, shopping/window shopping. Myeong-dong is considered to be one, if not the most famous shopping district in Korea. It features a lot of international brands as well as Korean cosmetic products. This area of Seoul is very famous for young people and tourists who wants to involve on fashion sight-seeing.

At the opposite side of the street, we rode a shuttle bus to the Namsan Tower. It will be ridiculously exhausting if you plan to get to the peak by feet like we did. But there is an available round trip cable car ride which has always a long queue. It approximately took us 1 hour to get up there and another hour to get down. Nevertheless, this was worth the sweat because the beautiful city lights of Seoul was just patiently waiting there to be devoured on.

The group walked (again) back to Myeong-dong for dinner. It was one of the best just because Korean chicken + beer + football game. We then headed back to the guest house to get our baggages and travelled to Gangnam for the overnight stay at sauna where I became one graceless dude. But yes, for the experience, it was still a check.

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  • Reply Mary Strong-Spaid October 29, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for taking me on this tour also!
    I have never seen this place before.
    Is Seoul always this crowded with people during the day?

    • Reply chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Hi Mary!

      From what I experienced, yes it is. But the city gets more crowded during the night.
      I remembered my Korean friend saying that it’s always rush hour on subway stations because there’s really a lot of people.
      However, it is manageable. It is not as crowded to the point that you’ll get irritated. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I hope you visit Seoul (and Philippines, my country) too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Gabriela LeBaron October 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Oh thank you for leaving your blog address! Great pictures! Inspires me to travel.

    • Reply chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Gabriela. Hope to hear more from you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Reply sosoglitter October 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

        I love the pics! The bakery has a French name and ps some of the most adorable treats on display! Yum! Did u eat n e?

        • Reply chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Yeah I ate breakfast at Tous Les Jours. What does that mean tho? It’s also famous in the Philippines. Love it!

          • sosoglitter October 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

            It means Everyday

          • chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

            Ohhh. Thanks!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • sosoglitter October 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

            It looks yum! Lol

          • chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

            Yeah, it is definitely yummy. Haha!

          • sosoglitter October 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

            I want to go to the Philippines and South Korea! I’ll come back fat lol

          • chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

            Haha. It does not matter. Just hit the treadmill when you go back to your room.

      • Reply Gabriela LeBaron October 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm

        You will!

  • Reply Lia in Brussels October 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I love the fusion between tradition and modernity, so characteristic of cities like Seoul!

    • Reply chestervizconde October 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I agree. It’s those two elements meeting which really yields beauty! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply rey & lyn October 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The dishes all look spicy! It’s probably really suited for places with cold climates. Nice pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply chestervizconde October 30, 2013 at 12:14 am

      You’re absolutely right. 90% percent of the staple food here in Korea is spicy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply suituapui October 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I love Korean food but I’m no fan of kimchi. Had really great stuff at one place in Auckland, NZ:
    …and we have a Korean franchise in our town – just ok, not really into these franchise places, never mind from where.

  • Reply Mei November 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

    TLJ! Meron na sa Pinas pero di ko pa natatry talaga. Next time. Hihi. Yung food nila gusto ko talaga matry. Nakakin nako sa isang Korean resto dito sa Pinas and I so love their meat and the Bibimbap. Much better if I get tot ry them sa Korea talaga. Haha.
    I wanna go to that place na may mga locks! Tourist spot din yan dba, and couples ang mga naglalagay ng kandado jan? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply genzelkisses November 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Ohh I can see similar establishments here in the country ^_^ Cool! Nice collage of photos by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply chestervizconde November 8, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Thanks genzel. I actually manually placed those photos to look like a collage.

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