Love Locks in Namsam Seoul Tower & the Hongdae Nightlife

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Seoul: View during the day from my friend's apartment living room window

Started a late day today as I try to recover from exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

I had lunch in Hongdae with Albert and his friend before going to Namsam Seoul Tower. Hongdae was quiet with Chuseok being that day. Half of the shops were closed, but there were still plenty of restaurants that were open.

Last time I was in Seoul, I went to Namsam Tower during the night. This time, I wanted to see it during the day and during sunset.

The weather was mild and slightly cloudy. Since it was a holiday weekend, Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, there were a lot of people and most of all couples. The line to the Namsam Cable Car (http://www.

cablecar.co.kr/) was long, but fast moving. I paid the 7,500 KRW (approx $7.50) for a round-trip ride and took pictures of Seoul as the cable car ascended towards the Tower. Upon arriving on the other end, I walked up the stairs where the Seoul Tower entrance is located. There were shops, restaurants, and cafes on the ground level. The Bear Museum - popularized by the Korean drama, 'Goong' was packed with people. I headed to the ground floor viewing deck.

The railings on the were filled with locks. Locks with writings by couples. It was sweet. A cute, romantic gesture of the Korean youth and couples. As I walked around, I saw a couple adding their own lock to the millions already there. There were performances going on, and there were crowds who were lining up to the T3 Observations Deck of the Tower.
Seoul: Namsam Tower
I've already been to the rotating restaurant, N Grill, on T5 level just two years ago, where my friend Karen and I had dinner and later checked out the T3 Observation Decks, so I opted out on going up again. The atmosphere in Namsam Tower is definitely romantic, and it was a perfect time to people watch. As the weather became more chilly, I went in to one of the indoor cafes and ordered myself a cup of hot chocolate and brownie, claimed a seat by the window, and observed. I was tempted to take pictures, but that would have been weird and I didn't want to take the risks of being accused of being a stalker so I refrained from my being a shutterbug.

As the night descended, the lights turned on. The Namsam Seoul Tower was illuminated with various colors, changing frequently. The trees around the ground floor also had dancing lights.
Seoul: Namsam Tower Cable Car
I snapped a few pictures and decided it's time to venture back down and check out Seoul's center of pop culture and shopping area, Myeongdong. (see: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=260067 for more information on Mt. Namsam and the Namsam Seoul tower)

From the base of Mt. Namsam, I walked towards Myeongdong. Myeongdong is filled with mid-priced to high-end shops and boutqiue, and  restaurants catering to the consumer driven Korean youth. A business center for its proximity to banks and other corporations, it is also where the Chinese Embassy is located, a perfect place to find if one desired to try out one of the popular Chinese-influenced Korean food, jjajyangmyun, or black bean sauce noodle.

As I walked along the streets and alleys of Myeongdong, I browsed through the shops and the street vendors, I stopped at several cosmetics shops as well.
Seoul: Namsam Tower view of Seoul
Not really to buy make up and such, although Korea, like Japan, is one of the countries that sell great make-up. I stopped at these stores for an entire different purpose - or rather was drawn to them for other reasons. They had posters of one my favorite Korean pop idols and actors! Hahaha... I saw Kim Hyun Joong's posters at one of the shop's entrance. I couldn't resist! Okay, enough giggling over Korean actors & idols.

After a couple of hours wandering off in Myeongdong, I finally heard from my friend, Sae, and his wife, Hana, whom arrived after hours getting stuck in traffic on their way back to Seoul from their Chuseok lunch in Chuncheon.
Seoul: Namsam Tower - Locks
  I hopped on to the metro and took the #3 Line to Gyeongbokgung stop where they were waiting for me in their car. From there, it was a short drive to the restaurant, Tou Sok Chon, a restaurant that specializes in samgyetang, a chicken stuffed with walnut, rice, ginger, and ginseng in a ginseng broth.

The restaurant is in a traditional Korean design, partitioned off in different sized rooms from small to large number of people. We were led to the bigger rooms and as per traditional Korean style, we sat on the thin cushion, cross-legged. Typical, small side dishes were served: kimchi, pickled radish, and what-not. We ordered the samgyetang for each of us and also an order of haemul pajeon, or scallion seafood pancake. It was lovely to catch up with Sae and Hana. The last time I saw Hana was at their wedding last Oct 07, while I saw Sae just last April in NYC when he had a business conference in Chicago.
Seoul: Namsam Tower - Locks


After dinner, we went to Hongdae. Hana still had to work the next day so she went home after dropping us off. We met up with a few of Sae friends, while I tried a Korean beer called Cass. I wanted to try it since I saw the Cass commercial with Sandara Park of 2NE1 and Lee Min Ho from Boys Over Flowers. ^_^ A few hours, more beer, and another venue later, Sae and I went to one of the clubs his friends recommended to us.

Q-Vo is a hip-hop/dance club in Hong-dae. We paid the 15,000KRW ($15) cover which includes 1 drink. They have lockers for a small fee, I think it was 2,000KRW ($2), to store your belongings. The layout is spacious for dancing, a stage for performances, and a second floor for VIP seating, with a good sound and lighting system. The bar offers affordable drinks, no more than $9.
Seoul: Namsam Tower - Locks


It being a Saturday night, a Chuseok weekend, and despite a quick, but heavy downpour, the club was packed. It was Sae and I's first time clubbing in Seoul. We were happy to see a good mix of crowd, obviously more Koreans, but welcomes non-Koreans as well - but I honestly did not see much non-Koreans, and a great DJ that spins a good variety of music from Korean pop to American and European artists.

After a remix from Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta A Feeling (Good Night)', Big Bang's G-Dragon's new single 'Heartbreaker', and a couple of shots of vodka, Sae and I called it a night. It was 3am.

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