In my last post I said the next post would feature a drawing by one of my students about eating dogmeat and how it’s SOOOO delicious. Well, this is trumping that for the time being and I’ll show you that disturbing drawing in an upcoming post about how much I freakin love my students and teaching them English while slowly losing all my brain cells 🙂
The place that trumps dogmeat is Namsan Tower, also known as Seoul Tower. On Friday night Katie and I slept over at Abby’s (again) in the HBC (Hae Bong Chung – AKA the super cool and hip foreigner dwelling area near Itaewon). She lives at the base of Seoul Tower, so hiking up to the top seemed like an awesome plan to kick our hangovers come Saturday morning. Our lovely friend Steph came over to Abby’s where we all lounged for quite some time before making the journey to the top. Here is a tale of the 3 really awesome things about Seoul Tower.
First is the gorgeous hike to the top. For those who know me quite well, I’m not very agile on my footsies when it comes to hikes, or anything outdoorsy for that matter (eh hem Jtart lol), but this one wasn’t bad at all, as we did NOT go off-trailing 😉 Along the hike we got to see glimpses of Seoul below us. I must say this city is so gorgeous when you get up and see it from above. Another silly thing about the Koreans is that they love their outdoor exercise machines. We stopped at the little gym about half way up to test them out. Unfortch no photos though (shocking, I know). Next time. I’m sure it will only be a brief time before I stumble upon another outdoor gym.
Second, and most awesome thing about Seoul Tower is that once you get to the top, you kind of get overwhelmed with love, as lametard as that sounds. But, once you get up there, there are thousands upon thousands of love locks secured to trees shaped like Christmas trees, and all along the outer edges overlooking the city. It’s a place where couples, and I’m sure friends, come to leave a lock as a token of their love for each other. It really is so beautiful when you see it. It made me think about a lot of things. My first love, all of my friends who I love so dearly back home, and of course hopefully coming back here with a new lover someday to leave a lock of my own. But, for the time being, I was atop this gorgeous tower surrounded by so much love and conversation and 3 girls who I am very fortunate to have met and call my Seoul sistas (again with the lametardness, but shut up).
The third awesome thing about Seoul Tower is that it is the geographical center of Seoul. So, of course, just like tourists (hello, still in tourist mode!), we all took our turn standing on the mound that is the center of the city. Then we all attempted to hop on it together. That was funny.
As if I wasn’t already in love with this city and my choice to move here, coming to Seoul Tower really made me even more happier about my decision.
And last but certainly not least, a post wouldn’t be complete without a creeper shot of an adorable Korean baby (or two….or three if you count the one above). I CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTENESS.
PPS: Though not from my day at Seoul Tower, this felt suiting given the theme of love. For all my asian lovers in the states, this is just for you. I learned this from the best ❤
PPPS: For those who aren’t in the know, I finally got an iPhone like a real human being. Let me know if you didn’t get my digits and I shall send them to you so we can Kakao or WhatsApp again!