Autumn in Seoul – Namsan Tower and a bit of Myeongdong

Growing up in a tropical country and working in a country that is mostly summer even in winter, we have limited seasons to experience i.e. dry season, wet season and drier season. LOL. So experiencing fall for the first time was like an oasis to our deserts and a warm food to our hunger. 😛

I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Mt. Namsan when we were in Seoul. Why? Because autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. 🙂 Mt. Namsan means nature, beautiful walking trails and trees, trees that have auburn, scarlet and copper leaves, warm colors that brings feast to the eyes and peace to the heart. Please be warned as what you will see in this post are trees, leaves, and mostly trees.

Mt. Namsan is a symbolic mountain located at the center of Seoul. Although not as high as other surrounding mountains, Mt. Namsan is a very popular nonetheless as a resting site. At the top, there are various facilities such as Palgakjeong (octagonal hall), Seoul Tower, Maritime Aquarium, fountains, and Namsan Library. You may take a cable car to the top or walk up the stairway path. (Source: KTO)

Directions: Go out exit #2 or 3 at Myeong-dong Station on Seoul Subway Line 4. Walk towards Lila Elementary School for approximately 10 minutes, then you will see Seoul Tower and take a Cable Car.
Cable Car One-way
 Individual: Adults 6,000 won
Cable Car Round Trip
 Individual: Adults 8,000 won
* We took the cable car on our way up and walked on our way down.

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A sight of Myeongdong from the cable car station

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Ze sister and her hair that matches the background

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Locks of love

This viewing deck is very popular with lovers. Thousands of padlocks are attached to the fence by the romantic Seoulites and even tourists symbolizing their undying affection.

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Look at these locks gleaming in the sunlight, a small reminder of romantic korean hearts.

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Namsan Tower

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The best view comes after the hardest climb.
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Seoul, a tranquil view from the mountains..
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Ze sister and moi.

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This was taken from the observatory of the tower.
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Palgakjeong (Octagonal Hall) this often comes out on korean variety shows.
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Roof Terrace is also full of love locks

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Since the sister more of a please-take-my-picture than a let-me-take-your-picture person, i’ve appointed myself as the official photographer of this trip. 
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I had the pleasure of taking a photo of these lovely local couple.

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These are the walks you must take. These are the days that must happen to you. 🙂

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Feuillemort, the color of a dying leaf

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A totally necessary shot. lol.

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The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.
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Are we out of the woods yet?

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My Lovely Sam Soon
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남산공원, 안녕!!
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Quick Tip: If you prefer walking than taking the cable car, you can start your trek from Namsangol Hanok Village, just like the locals do.
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Out of the woods into the city.
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Myeongdong shopping district, few minutes away from Namsan Park. More of Myeongdong on my upcoming posts.

If you ever find yourself empty from something you cannot know or name, find a stretch of ocean, a field, or mountainside or even clouds or trees. Because there are 1,000 simple ways to fill your tired soul so you can remember how to be, how to see, and most importantly, how to breathe. – Victoria Erickson

All photos were taken by me and my sister Feb using our iPhone 7 and Canon EOS 1000D.

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One thought on “Autumn in Seoul – Namsan Tower and a bit of Myeongdong

  1. […] NAMSAN PARK 남산공원 A historical site that houses the famous Namsan Tower has the most magnificent views for fall foliage. Located in the south of Myeong-dong on Mt. Namsan, it is popular for it’s walking/hiking trails and panoramic views of Downtown Seoul. This place leaves us breathless and speechless. Breathless because it’s quite a hike but men the views are so surreal it will impair your speeches. Full article and more photos here. […]

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