Weaver's South East Asia Trip travel blog

Seoul Tower on top of Namsan Mountain

Another communication tower next to the tower

Namsan Cable Car

view from the cable car

Kimchi vessels on a balcony seen from the cable car

there are 4 observatory decks in the Tower

The infamous "Love Locks"

Carly & Bryan Duff on the romantic deck

Lovers paint their names on these locks

There are thousands of them locked to the railing


Namsan Pavillion

You can see the Hangang River on the top right. The visibility...

The red metal on the right side is the other communication tower

Poster of the Nanta Performance

Carly & Bryan with the marinated Galbi Chicken before it is cooked...

After the food was cooked. It was spicy and tasty.

We slept in and then went for coffee. Carly said that Seoul was really quiet because lots of people went home for the Lunar New Year holiday. We met Bryan for the first time and went to Seoul Tower or sometimes called Namsan Tower. It is a communication & observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul. It marks the highest point in Seoul. It was built in 1969 and opened to the public in 1980. Since then, the tower has been a landmark of Seoul and measures 236.7 m in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m above sea level. We rode the Namsan cable car up the mountain, and then walked to the tower. The tower features a gift shop and restaurants on the ground floor. We chose not to go to the four observation decks since the visibility was poor due to poor air quality. Beside the tower we could see a second lattice transmission tower. We walked along the Roof Terrace which is a spacious wooden viewing deck which is very popular with lovers for its "Locks of Love". They write their names on padlocks and attach them to the fence to symbolize their undying love. We could see the Hangang River below and the Beacon lighthouse. We had burgers for lunch. Then we found a sunny viewing room that was warm with comfortable chairs so we stayed and had a beer until the owner insisted on opening up the sliding glass doors. It was -15 C outside! Then we went to see the show "Nanta". The musical has a simple back story of three cooks attempting to finish preparing a wedding banquet within a strict time limit while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case in performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives. The performance is almost completely non-verbal. The very few words which are spoken are mostly in English. After, we had a Korean dinner of marinated Chicken Galbi that was cooked at our table in a gas wok set into the centre of the table. It was spicy and tasty. Also, there were side dishes of Kimchi radish and shredded cabbage. We returned to our guest house and Carly & Bryan went to their apartment that is 1 hour out of Seoul.

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