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N Seoul Tower – NamSan Tower! [Part 3]

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The N Seoul Tower has multiple levels at the very top, with restaurants, observatory, and more. Here’s a close-up shot of N Seoul Tower under the tower. I think these antennas are actually used for mobile smartphones and whatnot. To get to the observatory, you will have to buy a ticket.  Don’t worry, there’s a high-speed elevator that takes you up there.  The ticket is 8,000 won or around $7.50 USD. The N Seoul Tower can be seen from most parts of Seoul, it looked so small but in reality is pretty darn huge. Go back to Part 2 Go to Part 4

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N Seoul Tower – NamSan Tower! [Part 2]

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When you first get off the cable car, you can see the walking path that you can also take to get here. N Seoul Tower is getting nearer and nearer but we still have to walk up a bit. Koreans love coffee, wine, and all types of food including Italian food.  You can find more than a dozen restaurants at N Seoul Tower. Prices aren’t too bad either, they are not over-priced. This is the Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site where they used to use it for last place to fight off enemies and communicate via signals. This is the view from Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site. Many couples will leave their mark here at Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site. This is what Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site looks like from a bit away. Go back to Part I Go to Part 3

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N Seoul Tower – NamSan Tower! [Part 1]

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On my last visit to Seoul, Korea, I visited the N Seoul Tower or also called NamSan Tower for years by residents. There’s several ways to get to the N Seoul Tower and last time I drove up almost all the way to the top and walked up.  This time, I decided to try a different route and take the cable car. If you travel a block down from the N Seoul Tower cable car building, you will find several Tonkatsu restaurants that specialize in only serving Tonkatsu and are renowned in Korea for having the best Tonkatsu. So, I did try some Tonkatsu before I took up on the cable car as I was rather hungry. It was definitely a really good and hearty meal so I definitely advise you to stop by this area for some tonkatsu if you are going to go to N Seoul Tower. In between the tonkatsu restaurants and the N Seoul Tower cable car building, I saw a bunch of Chinese people waiting at what I believe is the Chinese embassy.  Don’t ask me why but there were waiting for something. This is where the N Seoul Tower cable car starts, just a typical … Continue reading

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Rainbow Cafe over HanGang River!

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If you enjoy nice views and a nice cup of coffee, you might want to definitely head over to the Rainbow Cafe, which has a fantastic view of the HanGang River. The Rainbow Cafe isn’t too big and there’s no parking so you might want to think ahead and go on a less busy day using a taxi or bus. However, there is a bus stop right by the Rainbow Cafe. For me, I was walking the HanGang river and noticed an elevator to the Rainbow Cafe. Yes, you can get there by visiting the HanGang river too. The Rainbow Cafe is open from 11AM to 11PM so plan accordingly! The Rainbow Cafe offers about 30-40 seats, certainly a nice place to quietly write blog posts like this one. Next time I go to Korea, I will spend a bit of time at Rainbow Cafe while doing some blogging. Why not? I love working on stuff while enjoying nice views, who doesn’t? There’s 360 degree views of the HanGang river and city of Seoul. Of course, coffee is good too, I ordered some freshly made ice latte, it was really delicious. Not too over-priced either. I thought this was the … Continue reading

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Korean Moving Portable Elevator!

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Just when you thought, “it would be easier to move if they made a moving portable elevator”, Koreans make it. The other day I was walking and noticed this moving portable elevator that was moving stuff to an aparment. I can’t understand why they don’t have this in America. This is definitely going to save me some time moving and stop people from clogging up my apartment’s elevator or destroying things while moving. They used to actually have an elevator that was attached to the roof of most apartment buildings back in the day when I used to be a kid in Korea, now they have this, certainly much better idea. In Korea, labor is so much cheaper, especially for things like moving. On the other hand, because labor is so cheap, you won’t get rich being something like a plumber or electrician.

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Tour of Korean High School!

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The other week, I happened to be walking by a Korean high school by Apgujungdong and decided to take couple photos to share with you. This is a typical Korean high school, made with bricks with 3-4 levels, sand soccer/basketball field, fountains, and some room for teacher parking. No, don’t expect your high school kids to drive to school like in America, that’s never going to happen, it’s so “wrong” in Korean culture. Of course, in most parts of the U.S., you can’t even “survive” without a car so let’s say it’s different. Soccer is the most popular sport in South Korea, that’s why the soccer field invade the center of the sand field while basketball courts are put to the side. In Korea, there’s no really option to build 1-level buildings, especially in Seoul where land in scarce. Some parts of Seoul are as expensive as luxury mansions in New York. This is what typical fountains look like in a Korean school. This is the guide for teachers to park, you can only park here on certain days when your license number ends in the numbers shown on the chart. It says, “Dreams come true.” Apgujungdong is actually one … Continue reading

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Emergency Button for Residents!

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While walking through some aparments in Apgujungdong(압구정동), Seoul, Korea, I happened to notice this “button” that I really wanted to press. Upon closer investigation, it turns out the button is actually an emergency button residents can press in case of an emergency. I am not sure what would happen but I’d imagine a big alarm would go off and maybe alert the residents. It also says, “Do not press to have fun.” Maybe this is a good idea and could help in case of adbuctions and whatnot.

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Seolleongtang – Korean Beef Soup!

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Another favorite food of mine is the SeolLeongTang (설렁탕), it’s a Korean beef soup that’s made from beef bones. They actually boil the beef bones (a certain part of it) for over 12-24 hours and the beef soup gets its taste.   It’s supposed to be really good for you after a hard workout since it has a lot of protein. You mix the soup with some rice and enjoy it.  There’s also some noodles in it too. Most restaurants will serve SeolLeongTang with side dishes and while still boiling hot in a earthy bowl that keeps it hot.  It’s especially great during winter months when it’s freezing cold and you need a good, hot meal to keep you going. Now I talk about it, I think I am going to go get some. For those of you in the U.S., most Korean restaurants actually sell this so you can enjoy it too.  But certainly it tastes better in Korea. I tried this particular SeolLeongTang in Insadong, Seoul, Korea.   I highly recommend it.

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PatBingSu – Korean Ice Cream/Yogurt!

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PatBingSu is probably the most delicious Korean ice cream/yogurt, it’s the most delicious (and healthy) delicacy you will try in Korea. What is PatBingSu (팥빙수)? It’s a mix of milk, shredded ice, sweet beans, and lots of fruit (and sometimes candy). You usually eat PatBingSu during summer because it gets so hot and PatBingSu will cool you down quickly.  Also it’s very good for you because most of the ingredients are fruit and vegetables. Even KFC, McDonalds, and Burger King in Korea will sell PatBingSu during the summer so the next time you are in Korea, don’t forget to try PatBingSu. To eat PatBingSu, you can eat a little bit at a time or mix it all up like how I like to do it and enjoy some delicious Korean yogurt. In Korea, they actually sell PatBingSu ice shredding machines so you can make it at home too.  My mom used to make them for me when I was younger, this is something you cannot miss. Usually you can’t find PatBingSu during winter months but if you are there during non-summer months, you can go to Rossi Mango at COEX mall in Seoul, Korea to enjoy it like I dido.

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Sunset in Seoul, Korea over Han River!

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Honestly, watching sunset in the city of Seoul is very hard because there are so many building everywhere and so little view.  Unless you are on top of a building, mountain, or the Han River (which goes across the middle of Seoul), you are not going to see too much sunset. I have the pleasure of walking the Hannam bridge, which goes right over the Han River, and took some photos. What I really enjoy is the city atmosphere mixed with the river and the sunset.  Korea definitely has its own kind of sunset, something I will miss greatly when I am back in the States.

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