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First-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 Yoogane
We 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 Tower
Location: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
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 the 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
Show 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.
Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Seoul Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.
4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)
Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
AREX Incheon Airport Express Train to Seoul Station (One Way)
Discover Seoul Pass
T-Money Card (Pre-loaded with KRW5,000)
Korean Rail Pass
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