KOREA TRAVEL DIARY POST: Day 5: Hiking up Namsan hill
September 9, 2014
Good evening everybody!
In the last two weeks I have already experienced and seen so much in Korea that I really need to hurry with my blog posts in order to catch up with the present. My boyfriend really wanted to hike up one of the hills/mountains that are in Seoul (Seoul is basically a huge mountain-infused area. It’s going up and down and up and down no matter where you go) but it rained almost the whole time when he was visiting me. On the 5th day we gave in and decided to go no matter what as it was only slightly raining but not pouring cats and dogs.
There is a cable car that you can use to go up and down again; we only purchased one-way tickets up because we wanted to decent on our own to see a bit of the landscape. With a little bit of luck we were able to find the cable car as we missed the shuttle bus exactly and the shuttle bus only runs once every hour. (Not really much shuttle if you ask me.) As it was raining it was not really much crowded. I heard from a friend she had to wait one hour(!!) just to get on top by cable car. We didn’t even have to wait 5 minutes so I highly advise you go on a day where it’s not the most pretty weather and inside the week to avoid the masses. The view is still stunning 🙂 I’m really glad we went there as it was by far the best day we spend in Seoul. <3
In case you’re wondering about my weird hand placing: It was super windy and I somehow had to prevent my hair to float in front of my face everytime we took a picture. I really like the picture on the left 🙂 On the right side Niko looks almost like a giant…. he’s actually not that tall. Really.
View from a top Namsan. You can see the whole city, even on a rainy day.
There was actually a lot to see on top of Namsan hill. There were pavillons, platforms, shops and restaurants – I certainly did not expect that! Also Seoul Tower is on top of Namsan hill but the prices were sooo high and we were already able to see the whole city so we didn’t quite get why people would go up there.
I just really really love that you can see every part of Seoul, it feels amazing 🙂
To the dismay of Niko Namsan hill is actually a really popular dating spot! There were soooo many couples on a date, sitting on these benches (it was not easy to get on there!) or hanging locks on the construction surrounding Namsan hill (yes, that’s actually the colorful stuff in the background. Love locks everywhere.)
Of course, I could not let the opportunity pass to have a lock of my own. Niko wasn’t a big fan of it but he saw my huge puppy eyes all go watery when I saw all the locks hanging around and he basically had no choice. We purchased a lock in my favorite color green and now we will be dangling for all eternity from atop Namsan hill!
The long decent. Going down took us about 30 minutes so going up would take really some time I guess. Also, these stairs are monstrous, sometimes they are extremely shallow and sometimes huge and I almost fell down the stairs. I highly recommend going up by cable car and down by foot.
As we were going down Seoul came closer and closer again.
When you’re almost down you will come by this little park which is close to the main station of Seoul. Here you can see Seoul Tower which we did not visit 🙂
Made it! End of journey!
That was honestly such a good day. Niko and I had so much fun together and it was a very nice distraction from wandering around busy Seoul. Although it was a bit rainy we had the advantage of a very non-crowded Namsan. If you ever come to Seoul, you really should visit Namsan hill in my opinion 🙂 Next stop will be Gangnam!
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