Korea 2012: Day 2×1

Namsan, also known as Mount Mongmyeok, is a very popular recreational and tourist spot in Seoul. Aside from being a huge park complex, it offers a panoramic view of the city. Both tourists and locals love this place because of the beautiful ambiance. In fact, I think there were more Koreans than foreigners. Winter just ended and Spring was just beginning so the trees were at their eerily skeletal forms, and they were ghostly beautiful. I can only imagine how breathtaking they would be in full bloom.

It was already late afternoon when we arrived so it was getting a bit chilly. I think it was about 3-4°C. It was a high climb from the drop-off area to the main viewing deck so make sure to wear your walking shoes.The N Seoul Tower was clearly visible from the path below. The way the trees framed it was just too photogenic not to take advantage of.The entire climb was filled with picturesque views so you’ll have a lot of opportunities to take photos and tourist shots. There are also a lot of mini viewing decks with benches where you can take a short rest if ever you get too tired from walking.By the time you arrive at the top viewing area, you’ll be welcomed by a swarm of local and foreign tourists. Couples were literally everywhere. Something I noticed about Koreans is how sweet they are with their partners. In the Philippines, couples proudly showing their affections, wearing couple shirts or matching anythings would be considered cheesy and corny, but here, it was the norm. I was actually quite envious. Corny? I think that kind of culture is awesome.
Aside from souvenir shops and the tower, there was also a Teddy Bear museum at the top.  Another interesting attraction here are the love padlocks.Hundreds and hundreds of padlocks were all over the place. Seeing sweethearts put their locks in made me a little lonely for a split second. Someday I’ll come back here with my future partner and we’ll put ours in. That’s a promise!That’s it for our Namsan visit! After this, we went to the Namsangol Hanok Village, which I’ll talk about on my next entry. Until then!

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