Yesterday was a holiday in Korea. It doesn’t make much difference for me since I’m pretty much the boss of my schedule these days, but at least other people got the day off to hang out~ :) I had lunch and dinner plans in Itaewon but wanted to do something in between, so I called up SaeHee to see if she wanted to wander around Namsan, and yay, she was down.
Even though I’ve been in Seoul for about 5 years now, this was only my second time going to Namsan. I know some people who go there all the time, but I guess I just don’t get that excited about seeing a pointy building on a hill.
Anyway, we met up at the bottom of Kyungridan in Noksapyeong, but before Saehee arrived, I grabbed a cuppa soy latte at Lazy Sue cafe. I didn’t think they had soy milk, but apparently they do~ With all the foreigners in the area, more coffee shops around Noksapyeong have soy milk options. :)
It’s been a reeeaaally long time since I did anything remotely outdoorsy and I’ve missed it. But now that the weather is getting bearable again, I hope to spend more time outside… I’m looking forward to picnics, hiking, running outside, and feeling grass between my toes.
It only took us about 40 mins of leisurely strolling to get there from Noksapyeong, but for those who’d rather not sweat their way to the top, you can catch one of these Namsan buses which are all electrical-powered! More info & directions to Namsan tower here.
In my option, the main attraction of Namsan Tower isn’t exactly the tower itself, especially if you don’t plan on going to the top. Instead, it’s all the locks of love secured to the railing around the observatory deck. The thousands upon thousands of locks left as a symbol of undying love. Since I’m so short, I could barely see over the wall of locks to admire the view. Dangit, shortness strikes again.
Koreans can be pretty corny and overly-sentimental when it comes to romance. Haha. I think they’ve been influenced by all those Korean dramas where a character professes his love in some melodramatic way…. shouting on top of a mountain, running into icy ocean water, or donating an organ when he dies of some illness, are just a few that come to mind. Hm, compared to those, I guess buying a cheap padlock is easier and less painful. It’s all a bit overwhelming though to see how they’re all crammed so tightly together…
Glad I went to Namsan again. It has changed a bit since my last visit and those giant human sculptures in the sky are no longer there, but they’ve added more love-themed pieces instead. I guess it’s official.