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kgbinwanderland.comPhoto Gallery: Seoul, South KoreaPhoto Gallery: Seoul, South KoreaThis photo gallery is part of my Seoul Travel Diary Series. Read more about my adventures in Seoul and travel tips by checking on the following links below:K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 ReviewKorean Skincare Shopping HaulBukchon Hanok Village and InsadongN Seoul TowerMyeongdong Street FoodEverland Theme ParkNamdaemun Market and Kalguksu AlleyGyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of KoreaEland Han River CruiseDongdaemun Toy Market30 Best Activities to do in Seoul with KidsVisit SeoulVisit Korea1
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kgbinwanderland.comSeoul Family Travel: Han River Cruise | KGB in Wanderland BlogAfter spending a few hours exploring the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum of Korea, my family and I headed back to Myeongdong to rest and for some late lunch. Lucky for us, we didn't need to go far to search for good food! Located in the building right next to our guesthouse is Hong Bar, serving unlimited grilled bbq!It was already 3:00 PM but this eat-all-you-can restaurant is still open for business (they don't close during off-peak hours). We were so hungry from all the walking that we did and were just so happy to finally have some Korean-style grilled meat!I mean, just look at that!Aside from the meat (chicken, beef and pork), you can also get refillable side dishes to go with your bbq. Some of the chicken and pork pieces were already marinated and will be given directly to your table. The pork and beef slices you can get from the reach-down freezer they have in the buffet area. They also serve a few regular buffet items such as pasta, dim sum and of course, rice.This was probably the most filling meal we had on this trip and we wished we had gone to this restaurant sooner! For ₩13,900 per person, this was a really good deal considering how much we ate. Even my little girl enjoyed her meal and she got to eat for free!After that heavy late lunch, we went back to our room at the guesthouse and made plans with our friends to see the Han River in the evening.Yeouido Hangang ParkAddress: 120, Yeouigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, SeoulHow to get there: Yeouinaru Station, Subway Line 5, Exit 1 then walk 10 minutes towards SBS TV Station OR Yeouido Station, Subway Line 5, Exit 3 then walk 5 minutes towards the National Assembly building.Yeouido Hangang Park is a huge park located in Yeouido. You can enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the Han River and have a picnic with your family eating your favorite Korean-style fried chicken. They can even deliver it to you at the park!This park is very popular with families and with couples. We also saw a lot of people taking their pets for a walk. We came in a little after sunset but nevertheless, we enjoyed the night scenery.You'll have to excuse my poor photos though, they don't do the views justice!Eland Hangang CruiseAddress: Yeouido Dock: 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, SeoulHow to get there: Yeouinaru Station, Subway Line 5, Exit 3 then go towards Yeouido Dock (about 12 minutes). You will see E-land Cruise ticket office across the dockBuy your ticket here: Eland Han River CruiseOur friends treated us to an Eland Han River Cruise with Pang Show. They almost could not join us because they forgot their IDs and the person at the ticket booth refused to sell them tickets. They thought that since they are Koreans, they don't need to show any form of ID anymore. I think everyone boarding the cruise are required to present identification upon ticket purchase or redemption for insurance purposes (imposed as an extra measure after the sinking of MV Sewol).Fortunately, after a second trip to the ticket booth (and after talking to a different lady), they got their tickets. So I guess, they're not as strict as we thought they were.And just like our Cable Car ride to the N Seoul Tower, it was our friends' first time to take a Han River Cruise!The cruise is around 45 minutes and while you enjoy the views of Seoul on the top deck, there was a performance going on at the bottom deck.The Pang Show was funny and entertaining! I haven't laughed from a comedic act this much for quite a while. I highly recommend the Pang Show with Eland Cruise for anyone visiting Seoul. Yes, it is a bit touristy but honestly, there's nothing wrong with that. I absolutely love exploring a new city with tourist's eyes.To make the evening somehow less touristy, we opted to have ramyeon for dinner. Yes, I know. Nothing fancy or special. But it is Korea's favorite instant food so how could I say no to that. Plus we were still full from the pig out we did earlier and it was chilly, so really, this was the perfect way to cap off the nice evening.We bought the ramyeon (the foil container is free) at the nearby Mini Stop and let me just tell you, it was chaotic inside! It was packed from floor to ceiling with all types of ramyeon and noodles. And every person who comes in has bought at least one! Yes, Koreans love their instant ramyeon and this particular store even has a designated noodle cooking/boiling area outside, because yeah, hot water ramyeon is not enough, it has to be boiling hot!As a tourist, it was quite interesting for me to see that setting and it made my evening all the more enjoyable.This wraps up my Seoul Travel Diary series and I do hope you also find time to read my other posts about Seoul:K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 ReviewKorean Skincare Shopping HaulBukchon Hanok Village and InsadongN Seoul TowerMyeongdong Street FoodEverland Theme ParkNamdaemun Market and Kalguksu AlleyGyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of KoreaDongdaemun Toy Market30 Best Activities to do in Seoul with KidsPhoto Gallery: Seoul, South KoreaHelpful Links:Visit SeoulVisit KoreaSeoul Hotels4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)Klook.com1
apnews.comPyeongchang Olympics: Costly venues may eventually be razedSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed seven months ago. Left behind are empty venues, feuding over who pays for upkeep, and an icy ski course that's now an abandoned dirt runway, strewn with rocks and unused gondolas. Rare trees once stood before the course was gouged out of a mountainside, and plans called for replanting the piste and restoring the forest. Other venues sit mostly deserted: a speed-skating arena, a hockey center, a bobsled track and a ski-jump. Meanwhile, host Gangwon province has failed to persuade the national government to pay for maintenance, which would save the province $5.3 million annually.
archinect.comMVRDV completes a white and gold entertainment complex by Seoul’s Incheon AirportMVRDV has recently completed The Imprint, a new 2-building art and entertainment complex next to Seoul’s Incheon Airport. Featuring a nightclub in one building and indoor theme park in the other, the windowless structures are part of the larger Paradise City complex of 6 buildings next to South...
kgbinwanderland.comDongdaemun Toy Market | KGB in Wanderland BlogDongdaemun is best known as Seoul's shopping district, with its plethora of malls, shops and outdoor markets. Just like Namdaemun Market, you can find almost anything you want and need at Dongdaemun, most especially if you are looking for fashion items like fabric, leather, clothes, shoes, etc.But for families traveling with children, they go to Dongdaemun for a different reason: the Changsin-dong or more commonly referred to as Dongdaemun Toy Wholesale Market.I don't know if maybe we were just looking at the wrong places, or maybe we didn't spend much time inside a shopping mall, but my husband and I had noticed that there's a serious shortage of good toy stores in Seoul. The biggest we were able to find was at Lotte Outlets in Seoul Station but even that disappointed us.So a trip to Dongdaemun Market was in order for our last day in Seoul.Unfortunately, I forgot to take note of which exit is the closest to the Toy Street so we ended up instead on the other side of Dongdaemun Market. It worked out well anyway, giving us the opportunity to explore the other side of the market for a bit.We passed by the Gwangjang Market, famous for its food stalls selling mayak gimbap and mung bean pancakes. I guess we came in early because I was surprised to see that most of the stalls have only begun setting up and some are even closed. I was expecting it to be full of wandering tourists and locals but I think the real action starts in the afternoon.A quick look at the Heungginjimun Gate (East Gate). You can see on the left side of the gate on an uphill road which is actually the Dongdaemun Seonggwak Park. We never went to the park but I've read that the night views from the park are amazing!Oh, in case you didn't know, Dongdaemun is also popular for its night market. Thousands of shops in the shopping block are open until the wee hours of the morning, so you can definitely add this in your itinerary as a night activity. Surely, you'll find the latest Korean trends in fashion and products by young and up-and-coming local designers.So anyway, we had a quick lunch at Seoul's version of Mcdonald's, Lotteria, and quickly asked a local for the directions.Just a couple of blocks away is the entrance to the Toy Street. You can't miss it!Rows and rows of toys in every color are spread out in front of the toy stores in Changsin-dong. And I can already spot a few other tourists with toddlers and kids in tow looking for the best deals in toys. There are a lot of affordable toys and of course, the branded ones tend to be pricier.This shop, I believe, is the most popular shop in the area and probably the largest too. It is a 2-story shop with toys on display at every corner. My little girl's current obsession is Paw Patrol and we were keen on looking for a small toy for her to take home but sadly, there weren't that many options. We did buy her a Super Wings action figure, a train set and some slime (she loves playing with those too) so she still came out of the store very happy.Part of Changsin-dong is dedicated to stationery and paper supplies but we never went to any of the stores. I wish we did, but I think I already made enough damage on my husband's wallet. Lol!After paying for our goods, we headed back to Myeongdong to pick up our luggage. But of course, we couldn't leave Seoul without eating some bing-su.Chocolate Brownie Bingsu is the sweetest ending to our family vacation!The bus station is just a 5-minute walk from the guesthouse. We took the Airport Bus 6015 which is the most convenient form of transportation between Central Seoul and the airport.I will forever hold Seoul close to my heart and I can't wait to go back and explore more of this vibrant city. Thank you Seoul and we'll see you again!Seoul Travel Diary Series:K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 ReviewKorean Skincare Shopping HaulBukchon Hanok Village and InsadongN Seoul TowerMyeongdong Street FoodEverland Theme ParkNamdaemun Market and Kalguksu AlleyGyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of KoreaEland Han River Cruise30 Best Activities to do in Seoul with KidsPhoto Gallery: Seoul, South KoreaHelpful Links:Visit SeoulVisit KoreaSeoul Hotels4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)Klook.com1
kgbinwanderland.com30 Activities To Do in Seoul with Kids | KGB in Wanderland BlogSeoul's Best Activities for Kids Traveling is a great way to spend some valuable family-bonding time. And Seoul is the perfect destination because there's so much to see and do, just in the city alone. However, traveling with children, especially little kids can be a challenge. You have to keep them well-fed, rested and constantly entertained to ensure a tantrum-free day out. Seoul is best seen on foot so if you are traveling with young children, better bring a stroller. But, strollers can also be troublesome because not all subway stations have an elevator or even an escalator and some tourist spots are not exactly stroller-friendly (narrow alleyways, crowded areas, steep hills, and cobblestones). My husband and I had to carry our little girl and her stroller up and down flights of stairs at subway stations. But you know what, it was all worth it because our daughter enjoyed Seoul so much that she can't stop talking about the fun things she did in this wonderful city! On a side note, taking the subway was just our personal preference. Taxis are also an option for traveling families. The fares are reasonable and of course, it's convenient! If you are in the planning stages of your trip or are already in Seoul looking for ideas on what to do next, you've come to the right place! Here is my compilation of the best and fun activities you can do in and out of Seoul, suitable for both kids and their adventure-seeking parents. Taking a day trip outside of Seoul is one great activity you can do with your family. The best part? These activities are great and available any time of the year! *Most admission/tour tickets are available for purchase online and are usually at a discounted rate. To help you plan your trip and get the best deals, I have provided (affiliate) links from two of the most trusted Travel Provider for South Korea --- Klook and Trazy. If you click a link to a certain product, I might earn a small commision from it - at no extra cost to you. Any concern you may have regarding your purchase must be directed to the website or service provider. 30 BEST ACTIVITIES TO DO IN SEOUL WITH KIDS 1. LOTTE WORLD THEME PARK One of Korea's popular theme park, it has both outdoor and indoor attractions so you don't have to worry about the weather or being too cold or too hot outside. There are rides suitable for different age groups. Duration: 6 to 8 hours Location: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 09:30-22:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 2 or 8, Jamsil Station, Exit 4 Buy tickets here: Lotte World Seoul Theme Park Tickets 2. LOTTE WORLD AQUARIUM A few steps away from the Lotte World Theme Park, see different marine life forms inside the Lotte World Aquarium. Duration: 2 to 3 hours Location: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 10:00-22:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 2 or 8, Jamsil Station, Exit 1 TRAVEL TIP: Buy combo tickets for the Lotte World Theme Park and Lotte World Aquarium for double the fun and even better savings! 3. LOTTE WORLD UNDERSEA KINGDOM THEME PARK Ocean-themed play zones. Perfect way for the adults to relax and let the kids run around and play. Recommended for kids aged 8 years and below Duration: 2 hours Location: 3F Lotte Mall, 1050 Tongil-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul Operating hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00/Sat-Sun 10:00-21:00 How to get there: Subway Line 3, Gupabal Station, Exit 4 Buy tickets here: Lotte World Undersea Kingdom Theme Park Tickets 4. EVERLAND One of Korea's most visited tourist attractions, one whole day is needed to fully enjoy this theme park. There are plenty of kiddie rides and play areas for the young ones and if they can also enjoy seeing pandas, monkeys, birds and other animals in the zoo area of the theme park. Duration: Whole day Location: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Operating hours: 10:00–21:00, daily How to get there: By Subway: Travel to Giheung Station on Bundang Line and transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to move to Everland and Caribbean Bay. By Bus: 5002: Sinnonhyeon Station - Gangnam Station - Yangjae Station 5700: Gangbyeon Station - Jamsil Station - Songpa Station - Suseo Station 1500-2: Sadang Station - Nambu Terminal - Pangyo Station - Bundang (Seohyeon Station) 1113: Gangbyeon Station - Gangdong Station - Gwangju City Hall - HUFS Buy tickets here: Everland Korea Theme Park Tickets TRAVEL TIP: If you are staying near at any of these subway stations (Hongik University, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun H&C Park, Seoul, Sinchon, Jongno-3(sam)-ga, Sinnonhyeon, Gangnam and Suwon), you can also take advantage of this shuttle bus service from Trazy.com. 5. CARRIBEAN BAY Carribean Bay is open throughout the year because it has both indoor and outdoor pools. Expect a whole day of fun in one of the largest waterparks in the world. Duration: Whole day Location: 199, Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Operating hours: 09:00–18:00, daily How to get there: By Subway: Travel to Giheung Station on Bundang Line and transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to move to Everland and Caribbean Bay. By Bus: 5002: Sinnonhyeon Station - Gangnam Station - Yangjae Station 5700: Gangbyeon Station - Jamsil Station - Songpa Station - Suseo Station 1500-2: Sadang Station - Nambu Terminal - Pangyo Station - Bundang (Seohyeon Station) 1113: Gangbyeon Station - Gangdong Station - Gwangju City Hall - HUFS Buy tickets here: Caribbean Bay 6. N SEOUL TOWER (plus Hello Kitty Island and SSentoy Museum) Take the cable car up to the N Seoul Tower and enjoy beautiful views of Seoul from the Observatory. You can also visit the Hello Kitty Island and SSentoy Museum by purchasing the combo ticket. There are several restaurants and coffee shops in case you're hungry and an arcade to keep the kids happy. Duration: 1 to 2 hours Location: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Operating hours: N Seoul Tower: Sun-Fri 10:00-23:00/Sat 10:00-24:00 (times may vary) Hello Kitty Island Seoul: 10:00-23:00, daily SSentoy Museum: 11:00-20:00, daily How to get there: Namsan Circulation Bus (every 15 to 20 minutes): Subway Line 3, Dongguk University Station, Exit 6, take the bus 02/03/05 Subway Line 3 or 4, Chungmuro Station, Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema), take the bus 02/05 Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exit 3, take the bus 05 Cable car: Subway Line 4, Myeong-dong Station, Exit 3. After you see Pacific Hotel, keep right and walk 15 minutes then you will see an elevator, take the elevator up to the Cable car boarding point. Cable car operating hours: 10:00-23:00 Buy tickets here: N Seoul Tower Ticket 7. TESEUM TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM Multiple exhibition rooms (Teddy Bears dressed in different outfits and themes) and a Mirror Maze plus purchase your very own Teddy Bear souvenir! Duration: 1 to 2 hours Location: CIZN Building B1, 19 Jibong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 08:00-19:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 1 or 6, Dongmyo Station, Exit 6 Buy tickets here: Teseum Teddy Bear Museum Admission Tickets 8. SEOUL GRAND PARK Seoul Grand Park has several attractions and amusement facilities inside its compound which includes Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Theme Gardens, Seoul Land Amusement Park, Children's Grand Park and Zoo, Giraffe Land, Forest Park and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Duration: 4 to 6 hours Location: 102 Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating: Mar-Oct 09:00-19:00/Nov-Feb 09:00-18:00 (Extended hours during summer) How to get there: Subway Line 4, Seoul Grand Park (Seoul Land), Exit 2 Buy tickets here: Seoul Land Theme Park Ticket 9. L'ATELIER MUSEUM An interactive art museum that will surely keep kids entertained. Duration: 1 hour Location: 11/F 20 Jangchungdan-ro, 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 10:00-21:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 1 or 4, Dongdaemun Station, Exit 8 Buy tickets here: L'atelier Museum Ticket in Dongdaemun 10. SEOUL CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS If you're looking for the most convenient way to get around the city and see the highlights, the City Sightseeing Bus is the way to do it. Hop On and Hop Off with your kids to any of the city's landmarks. Duration: 2 to 4 hours Location: Redeem the vouchers for your bus ticket at the Koreana Hotel in front of the main entrance Operating hours: Times may vary depending on the route How to get there: Subway Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 6 Buy tickets here: Seoul City Sightseeing Bus 11. HAN RIVER PICNIC AND CRUISE Enjoy the views of the Han River while having a picnic with your family. For the ultimate Korean-style picnic, chimaek (chicken and beer) shops can also deliver Korean-style Fried Chicken to your picnic spot! After which, you can enjoy a Han River Cruise with Eland. Duration: 2 to 3 hours Location: Yeouido Dock: 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 12:00-21:00 (Cruise times may vary) How to get there: Subway Line 5, Yeouinaru Station, Exit 3. Go towards Yeouido Dock (about 12 minutes), then you will see E-land Cruise ticket office. Buy tickets here: Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise 12. GYEONGBOKGUNG AND NATIONAL FOLK MUSEUM OF KOREA Stroll inside one of the most important landmarks of Seoul, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and end your walking tour at the National Folk Museum for some Korean History and Culture appreciation. Duration: 3 to 4 hours Location: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Opening hours: Gyeongbokgung Palace: Nov-Feb 09:00-17:00/ Mar-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00/Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30 National Folk Museum of Korea: Mar-May, Sep-Oct: 09:00-18:00/Jun-Aug: 09:00-18:30/Nov-Feb: 09:00-17:00 How to get there: Subway Line 3, Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5 OR Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 1 OR Subway Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 2 Optional Tour: Seoul Palace and Temple Guided Tour 13. SECRET GARDEN AT CHANGDEOKGUNG The Changdeokgung is a very beautiful palace and inside is the Secret Garden. Only visitors joining a tour can get inside and enjoy this must-see attraction. After which you can enjoy strolling along Samcheongdong to Bukchon Hanok Village. Duration: 4 hours Location: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Opening hours: Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00 / Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30 / Nov-Jan 09:00-17:30 How to get there: Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 3 Optional Tour: Changdeokgung, Secret Garden and Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Tour 14. SEOUL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM An interactive museum with various activities and displays especially curated for kids. Duration: 2 hours Location: 216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays) How to get there: Subway Line 7, Children's Grand Park (Sejong Univ.) Station, Exit 1 OR Subway Line 5, Achasan Station, Exit 4 OR Subway Line 5 or 7, Gunja (Neung-dong) Station, Exit 6 15. EAT STREET FOOD IN MYEONGDONG Choose from savory to sweet street foods. Tornado potatoes anyone? Duration: 2 hours Location: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 15:00 onwards How to get there: Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exits 5, 6, 7 or 8 OR Subway Line 2, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Exits 5, 6 or 7 Optional Tour: Korean Street Food and BBQ Tour 16. EAT KOREAN-STYLE FRIED CHICKEN It's no secret that Korea is known for the crispiest and juiciest fried chicken. Don't leave Seoul without trying any of their Chicken joints! I'm sure your kids will love it! Duration: 1 hour Location: Any chicken joint in Seoul. The popular ones are BHC, Kyochon, Two Two Chicken and Chir Chir. Opening hours: Times may vary Optional Activity: Korean Fried Chicken Cooking Class with Market Trip (OME Cooking Lab) 17. SHARE A BINGSU Korea's version of shaved ice dessert, mixed with creamy condensed milk and various toppings. It's big enough to be shared with the family. This will always be a sweet ending to any meal. Duration: 1 hour Location: There are many Bingsu Cafes all over Seoul. No bad choice here! Opening hours: Times may vary 18. COEX AQUARIUM The largest aquarium in Seoul with the most varieties of marine animals. Kids will also enjoy the special exhibitions. Duration: 2 to 3 hours Location: COEX Aquarium, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 10:00-20:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 9, Bongeunsa Station, Exit 7 OR Subway Line 2, Samseong Station, Exit 5 or 6 Buy tickets here: Coex Aquarium in Seoul Admission Ticket 19. HELLO KITTY CAFE1
kgbinwanderland.comSeoul Family Travel: N Seoul Tower | KGB in Wanderland BlogFirst-time travelers to Seoul should include the most iconic landmark of the city, the N Seoul Tower, in their itinerary. I had planned for us to go on a different day and preferably in the late afternoon but we ended up going on our first night, and with friends.Dinner at YooganeWe had dinner at Yoogane in Myeongdong (several branches all over the city) to celebrate our first night in Seoul and to catch up with an old friend from way back when I was still a hotel intern in Guam.We initially asked that we eat something not spicy (so that our little girl can eat proper dinner too), but apparently, 'not spicy' to my Korean friends translate to 'regular spicy' in my palate. Good thing I have some Plan B snacks for my girl.Normally, you cook and mix the chicken galbi at your table but since there's a child dining with us, they had to do it in the kitchen and it was brought out like this:One of the things I love about Korean cuisine is the refillable side dishes. There are several choices, which include kimchi (a staple), shredded cabbage salad (with different dressings - spicy and not spicy), pickled radish and macaroni salad.I never got to ask what was mixed with the chicken galbi (I see some noodles) but most definitely you can ask for extra cheese!After dinner, we headed out to N Seoul Tower. Since we have a child with us, my friends opted to take a cab to the Cable Car boarding area instead of walking. Turns out that my Korean friends, who have been living in Seoul all their lives, have never taken the cable car going up the N Seoul Tower! It was so funny, they felt like tourists too! Unfortunately, I couldn't take a good photo going up. Any iPhone user would know that you can't take decent night photos from an otherwise good phone.N Seoul TowerLocation: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, SeoulOperating hours: N Seoul Tower: Sun-Fri 10:00-23:00/Sat 10:00-24:00 (times may vary)Hello Kitty Island Seoul: 10:00-23:00, dailySSentoy Museum: 11:00-20:00, dailyHow to get there:Namsan Circulation Bus (every 15 to 20 minutes):Subway Line 3, Dongguk University Station, Exit 6, take the bus 02/03/05Subway Line 3 or 4, Chungmuro Station, Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema), take the bus 02/05Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exit 3, take the bus 05Cable car: Subway Line 4, Myeong-dong Station, Exit 3. After you see Pacific Hotel, keep right and walk 15 minutes then you will see an elevator, take the elevator up to the Cable car boarding point. Cable car operating hours: 10:00-23:00Buy tickets here: N Seoul Tower TicketShow your romantic side and lock your love in one of these trees. Padlocks can be bought on site.Little kids may not fully appreciate the views but they will surely enjoy exploring N Plaza. Lots of photo-worthy spots and there's even an arcade in the area.We took the bus going down to Myeongdong, using the very convenient T-Money card to pay for our fare.If you can, I would suggest going up the N Seoul Tower in the late afternoon so you can see the views of the city while the sun sets. I can just imagine how pretty it must have been and would probably go here again the next time we go back to Seoul. Just make sure you allow plenty of time waiting in line for the cable car ride, boarding the cable car and waiting in line again to go up the Observatory. I heard the lines can get pretty crazy especially during the summer or on weekends. Best to get your tickets for the Observatory in advance to save time (and money too!)Hope you enjoyed my quick tour of the night views from the N Seoul Tower.Seoul Travel Diary Series:K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 ReviewKorean Skincare Shopping HaulBukchon Hanok Village and InsadongMyeongdong Street FoodEverland Theme ParkNamdaemun Market and Kalguksu AlleyGyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of KoreaEland Han River CruiseDongdaemun Toy Market30 Best Activities to do in Seoul with KidsPhoto Gallery: Seoul, South KoreaHelpful Links:Visit SeoulVisit KoreaSeoul Hotels4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)Klook.com1
marketwatch.comSouth Korea’s finance minister has high hopes for new trade deal with U.S.South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon expressed optimism about signing a revised U.S. free-trade pact into law, though lawmakers in Seoul have threatened to block the deal if Washington imposes new tariffs on Korean autos and auto parts.