I was keen to further take advantage of the many parks and open spaces Seoul had to offer, which was what brought us to the n-Seoul tower.
It didn’t take too long to get to on the subway and the mid afternoon sun was still at its hottest as we emerged from underground. The top of the tower can be seen above the row of buildings, with the steep walk up to the cable car station across the way from the subway.
5000 won for a single journey and 9,500 for a return trip on the cable car. Who was only getting a one way ticket? It was a curious thought, especially as a return ticket was cheaper.
The car takes you up over the mountainside which is thick with forest. Arrival at the top brings you out on the far side of the tower. The whole area is alive with shops and cafes, but most importantly absolutely stunning views of Seoul. It was hazy, but the sunshine and later the sunset made for fantastic pictures; it gave my amateur photographer skills a good test it must be said.
An arcade situated under the tower was both a fun break and a way of getting rid of some of the many 100 won coins which had become a nuisance in my wallet. Bare in mind, one of these roughly exchanges to 70/75p. Even better Steph walked away with two Pokémon prizes, so it was smiles all round.
Entry into the tower itself seemed overpriced considering it is essentially a tall shopping mall. So deciding to give that a miss, we grabbed a drink each and watched the sunset over Seoul. You can’t put a price on Mother Nature, I’m sure that’s an expression right? It is now. It was a lovely way to end one of our more relaxing days of travel.
One more day in South Korea and it was to be spent with one of our friends from university and a Seoul local. There wasn’t much more in the way of exploration, other than coming across the statue dedicated to psy and his ‘Gangnam style’ song in the area of Seoul where it was born.
However, it was nice to see her again and visit some bars which had previously gone unnoticed by us tourists. It was a more genuine experience of Seoul nightlife, being immersed in its many narrow streets and finding hidden gems.
Seoul and South Korea as a whole was absolutely incredible. From the historical and political events which still dominate thoughts within society to the retro style of fashion and unique approach to the 21st century, South Korea is a nation which combines almost everything and anything you’d ever want.