Seoul Tower, N Seoul Tower and Namsam Tower, they are all one and the same. I read that you can ride the cable car going up the tower when I was doing my research. But, for some reason, I think that slipped my mind and I forgot about that. When we asked help from our hostel, we were advised to take a bus going to the tower. The bus stop is just a stonethrow away from Myeongdong station. The waiting time lasted for about five minutes.
|Seoul Map, written in the walls of our hostel|
I looked at the map and the route of the bus consisted a lot of stops before reaching the tower. The bus ride took around, 30 minutes. It was a picturesque view going up the mountain.
|Electric bus. Charging. Cool!|
Dusk was just settling in when we arrived in the tower.
|Standard pose. Yeap. The purple camera case eats up some pixels|
|You have to walk to get there. Uphill.|
The price of the Seoul Tower ticket costs ₩ 14,000 which covers the entrance fee to the tower and the Teddy Bear Museum. The Seoul City pass has this coupon which says we can get 10% discount in the ticket price but this was not honored. Boo to that.
I still don’t get why it is a teddy bear museum. Is Korea teeming with bears in the ancient days?
|Wherefore art thou teddy bear?|
The Teddy Bear museum is a district of cuteness. Teddy bears are dressed up and decorated to replicate ancient Korean times.
So many bears. Although the whole museum was amusing and oozing with cuteness, I still didn’t understand WHY teddy bears. They could’ve used stick figures, wax, wooden carvings or what.
|With a teddy bear mural in the background|
There was this line going up the tower. We had to queue up the elevator. It was quite a wait but were kept entertained by the Korea tourism campaign which runs in the screens pinned up in the entire place.
Remember how I loved the ceilings in Europe? The elevator’s ceiling here shows an animation during your ride up. Definitely kept the passengers entertained while going up.
Seoul Skyline at night:
It was a beautiful skyline. I would love to feel the cold air while taking my fill of the lights – reminded me of the Eiffel Tower.
|See my reflection there?|
After taking some pics of the city, there's not really much to do up there. The view "gets old" after a while. Maybe it was tiredness, or maybe because I am comparing it with another tower. We spent around 30 minutes up there, then we went down. Warning, the lines can get quite long.