The first weekend in Korea! I got to meet up with a friend from Canada who is currently working in Seoul as a teach.er
We decided to meet in Itaewon because there was a Christmas Market. There was some confusion about the time, so I walked around Itaewon and had breakfast (cause very few places were opened at 11am!).
It was my first time in Itaewon and there were really a lot of foreigners there, I think they might actually be living in the area, and not just going there for entertainment.
I tried finding Rodeo Drive but got lost instead, so I gave up and headed to a coffee shop that has Wi-Fi.
When we finally met up, we weren’t sure where to go, so we just randomly walked anywhere and just caught up with each other’s lives. We seem to walk passed a park with a huge bear … must be neighbourhood art … but it is cute!
Somehow, we were walking towards the Namsan tower, so we decided to walk it! Scaling of the Namsan tower officially begins! Namsan wasn’t very high so it wasn’t a very difficult walk. The roads were also very well paved as well.
Scaling of the Namsan tower officially begins! Namsan wasn’t very high so it wasn’t a very difficult walk. The roads were also very well paved as well.
More nicely paved roads ahead.
The nice thing about the hike is that there are many lookout points, and since we were fairly early, there weren’t a lot of people at these lookout points. We can actually see Namsan tower here in its entirety.
Walking up the mountain, we can also see remnants of the old Seoul Wall. The Seoul Wall initially began construction around 1396 and it uses the four main mountains surrounding the area (Baegak, Naksan, Namsan, and Inwangsan) as their outline. With most walls, it was used to protect the city from outsiders.
The walls were built and reinforced a few times over the years; therefore, there are many parts of the wall that looks different from others.
Furthermore, some blocks even have names of the supervisors to guarantee quality control.
At the top, we went and ate lunch at the CU 25 … the people working there weren’t very friendly.
Finally reached Namsan tower! We didn’t go to the top of the tower (because I went there two years ago and thought it was ok, more on the misadventure here).
I think the view at the lookout point was better … there were way too many people at Namsam at any time of the day and you can’t really get a good picture without catching someone’s head.
We walked down the opposite side of the mountain (towards Myeongdong) but we were still in Namsan Park. However, in this area, there are a few statues of famous Korean heros such as Paikbum Kim, Ahn Jung-geun, and Lee Si-yeong.
Afterward, we left the park and made our way to the busy Myeongdong area, where we shopped, ate and later parted ways.
For dinner, I met up with another friend at Nowon Station, where we watched a movie all in Korean and had KFC for dinner. It seems that most of the movie theaters are located inside malls (well, as did Taiwan). I think I am going to watch a movie in Korean every month, just to see where I am in my learnings.