After going to the Gwanghwamun Square, we made our way to the Gwanghwamun Station and took the Subway Line 5 to Dongdaemun Station then transferred to Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station. From Myeong-dong station, we exited through exit 3. From there we took the Namsan Cable Car Shuttle to Namsan Cable Car. There is also an option of walking up from Myeong-dong Station or taking the Sidewalk Elevator (“Ormi”). My sister didn’t know about the other options so they walked to the Namsan Cable Car on their first visit, which was an uphill climb. haha. It’s a good thing I’ve read about the free shuttle bus although next time I would like to try the Ormi. Read my previous post here. The Namsan Cable Car is the easiest way to go to Namsan Tower. If you’ve watched the Korean series “Boys over Flowers”, you would probably remember this tower in one of the scenes where the hero and heroine rode the cable car to the tower for their date. Taking the cable car provides beautiful views of Seoul anytime. The fare is 8500 Won round-trip for adults, and 6000 Won one-way.
Once you’ve reached the other end of the Cable Car, there are still a few steps going up to the tower grounds. When we reached the Namsan tower, there was a show near the pavilion of locals dressed as royal guards and doing fight stunts along with the background music. It was quite entertaining because there was a part where they asked for audience participation. There was also a booth for ladies who want to try wearing the Hanbok. Of course, not one to miss this opportunity, me and my sisters registered for it, and luckily we were the last ones allowed to wear the costume before they close the booth. 😀
There are other things to do in Namsan Tower such as go to the Observatory, dine at the ‘N Grill (a revolving restaurant), and visit the Teddy Bear Museum. The entrance fee for the Observatory is 9000 Won. We didn’t go to the observatory because the view from the Roof terrace is already quite nice. I wanted to go to the Teddy Bear Museum but I was hesitant to go alone since my sisters already went there before. I would’ve wanted to stay there until night but since it was very high it was very very cold, I can only imagine how cold it would be at night so we decided to go back before sunset.
The roof terrace is an outdoor observatory that offers an impressive view of Seoul. It is also known mainly for the “love locks”, where couples from all over the world would attach locks with their names as a symbol of their unfailing love for each other. A bit cheesy I know. And what would happen if the couple suddenly breakup? Haha. Anyways, this place was featured in the recently concluded drama “You From Another Star” with Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun (Sassy Girl). Okay, I just revealed that I do watch Korean dramas. haha. We were trying to find the lock that they put but it wasn’t there. 😀 Aside from locks, some also put cellphone covers. Looking further, you can see a magnificent view of Seoul from the terrace. A trip to Korea would not be complete without going to Namsan Tower.
After a lot of photo-taking (again), we decided to go back to the hostel. One thing about travelling with the parentals, the energy level starts to lower at around 4:00 in the afternoon. haha. There is no shuttle bus going back to Myeong-dong station so we had no choice but to walk downward, which is not so hard. Myeong-dong is also one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul, but we weren’t able to look around because there wasn’t enough time (had to bring my mom back home). This would definitely be in my to-go list when I return to Korea. I definitely will! 🙂