Dana: Namsan Tower and Myeongdong

Now that it is November, the temperatures are dropping to below freezing, the leaves are changing to a beautiful array of yellows, reds, and browns, and Korea is as lively as ever. Not too long ago, I got the chance to see Seoul from a vantage point of 236 meters high at the top of Namsan Tower. Namsan Tower, also known as N Seoul Tower, is an extremely popular tourist attraction, not just because of the wonderful view, but also because of the famous “Locks of Love” that people can make, decorate, and attach to chains as a symbol of eternal love.

My roommate and I purposefully went to Namsan Tower during the evening, so we could witness the sunset; however, because it was Halloween night, we found it difficult to get a good seat. Fortunately, the night view of Seoul from up high was so breathtaking that it completely made up for that fact.

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Before the cold weather became too much for us, we decided to make a quick trip to Myeongdong, which is nearby. Myeongdong is a famous shopping district in Seoul. There is also a popular area where street food is literally everywhere you look, which, as I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog entry, is one of my favorite things to partake of in Seoul. Before doing a little window shopping, Kai and I wanted to warm up a bit, so we visited a few of the food vendors that sold piping hot Odeng Soup. We also purchased some deokkbokki.

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Namsan Tower was so mesmerizing and fun that I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of traveling to Korea. I will be sure to visit again. Of course, being a foodie, I have to recommend Myeongdong as well. These two places have left a great impression on me, and I’ll certainly miss these places once I’ve returned to the states next week.

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