7 things to do this winter in and around Seoul – Head up to Mount Namsan

Posted on October 4, 2010


3) Head up to Mount Namsan

There it is, glittering, imposing;  the N’ Tower among a thick cover of tree branches and shrubs. It’s getting dark and the million lights of the city are progressively being turned on, as is the N’ Tower itself. It seems like an awfully long way up, and indeed, if you wish to do so, you can hike up the steep mountain to the observation platform, but for the less sporty, there is no need. A cable car take you conveniently up.  When you’re there, you are greeted by a little pagoda, in the traditional style of many you have already seen or will see in Korea. It too is lit magically. Then beyond you see the tower, and an expanse of paved land enclosed by railing onto which, over the years, locks endowed with promises of eternal love have been accumulating thickly.

If you visit when the local students are enjoying their holidays, and are free from the oppressively long studying hours, you will find a crowd of them here, every day of the week, the women strutting around in their ultra stylish clothes and high heels like little perfect dolls, and the men trying to look their best and coolest for their demanding girlfriends.

From this vantage point, on clear nights, you will be rewarded with a dynamic view of the seemingly unlimited Seoul cityscape. If you think you’re not high enough, there is another observatory at the top of the N’Tower, but you might find lingering at its base and feeling the energy of the couples and the open view much more worth it. To complete your experience, on your way back forget the cable car, and take the steep road down where you can almost feel the mountain hugging you.

-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @ www.travelwithdenden.wordpress.com


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