This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
Once upon time, back in 1993-1994, a little third grader went on a field trip to the Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower) with the entire third grade classes. She remembered taking the bus to the base of the mountain, and she remembered climbing up to reach the tower, where she had fun looking all over Seoul from the observatory deck. However, the rest of the trip traumatised her because the third grade teachers had the brilliant idea of making them all walk back to the school from the tower. The little third grader remembered the excursion very well, to the point that she vowed she’d never go back up the tower again.
In the present time in July 2009, the little third grader, now grown up, decided to go back to the tower on the condition that she goes there on a different mode of transportation. She and her friend decided to take the cable car, where they found out that it was 6,000 won for a one-way trip, and they had to share the cable car with forty other people — which proved to be a very hot and cramped trip. They reached the tower, and a lot of amateur photography session ensured.
Here’s the infamous Namsan Tower. A brilliant phallic symbol on top of yet another phallic symbol. If that doesn’t showcase Korea’s male-dominant society, than nothing can.
These two teddy bears were in front of the entrance to the tower. Apparently they have a teddy bear museum. Why? TC has no clue why such a museum is put there.
Off to the side of the tower, there stood a nice little pagoda for people to sit and relax at.
Past the pagoda was one of the Namsan’s smoke signals. TC actually found these kind of cool and interesting.
In the woodsy area, TC found some wild mushroooms and tried to capture them with her camera. Unfortunately, her zoom function hated her.
These “chicken wire men” were displayed above in various different places. Interesting form of art . . .
TC was so stoked to see that she could see her apartment complex from the base of the tower. Too bad that day wasn’t clear as it could have been! Try to guess which part is her apartment. :D
These “love locks” were what really nailed the reason for TC to return back to the tower. She wanted to see these locks that couples would put up to symbolise their everlasting love . . . these were all around the tower’s base, and it was kind of neat, if a bit overwhelming by the sheer amount.
To end the trip, TC decided to get some of these ice cream, which she loves and wishes they were available in the local neighbourhoods than rather at the “touristy joints”. On a side note, she has no idea why The Simpsons were on the cup.
Afterwards, TC and her friend decided to walk down the mountain, but then they discovered a bus that dropped and picked customers up one minutes down from the tower. Both TC and her friend felt foolish for paying 6,000 won ($5) to ride the cable car when they could have paid only 700 won ($0.60) to take the yellow 03 bus from her neighbourhood. BLARGH! TC deemed that cable car to be evil and overpriced.