On my second day in Seoul, one of my roommates (Esra from Turkey) and I decided to go to Namsan Park. I was very happy to go sightseeing with her because she was a great navigator and taught me how not to get lost on the subway. As we made our way to the park, I found myself admiring the lovely fashion depicted by many young Koreans. I’ve always loved Korean fashion so it was a bit difficult for me not to stare. After about 20 minutes on the subway we made it to the Park. As we explored the park, we could see the top of Seoul Tower and thought that it was short walk away…We were very much mistaken!
The walk to Seoul Tower took longer than expected mainly because we forgot that the tower rests at the top of a mountain, so our “short” walk quickly turned into a brutal climb. The heat, the humidity, steep flats of stairs, and the never ending unwinding of the mountain did not ease the situation. We seriously thought that we were going to die but the gorgeous view of the city from the top kept us going. After 1 hours of climbing, we finally reached the top! Seeing Seoul Tower with my own eyes felt unreal, I felt like I was in a Korean drama. Once at the top, we spent most of time on the grounds of the Tower because we didn’t want to pay to go on the observation deck. We ended up taking photos of ourselves in Hanboks (Korean traditional dresses) and watched a few performances before going back down by bus (you can also use cable cars to go up and down the tower).
Later Esra and I parted ways for the day since we both had appointments with our friends. Before she left, Esra reminded me one last time how to get back to the hostel. I made it to the right exit but I took a wrong turn and got lost for like 20 minutes. Unfortunately I ended up running super late which caused me to cancel my meeting with Hailey and some other friends. Nevertheless, I still wanted to explore the city so I decided to go for a walk. I found a lovely restaurant in my neighborhood where I had spaghetti accompanied with a few glasses of a very popular sweet Korean plum liquor… Yum!
It started raining on my way out of the restaurant so I decided to go a nearby movie theater. I ended up watching an action/ comedy Korean movie called “The Pirates” (바다로 간 산적) without English subtitles. I’ve been studying Korean for a while (off and on) so I wasn’t too lost during the movie because the dialogue wasn’t complex. After the movie, I went to a nearby coffee shop and had dessert. Later I went to Cheonggyecheon Stream which was also nearby and meet 3 very cool young Koreans and talked to them for a while. A few hours later we called it a night and we all went home.