Seoul Searching: N Seoul Tower

May 22, 2016 Tsina 0 Comments

I always dream of going to the Eiffel Tower. But since it's expensive, I am usually contented for now to visit each and every tower on the places that I am visiting. On this Korea trip, we went ahead and visited the N Seoul Tower. This was the afternoon of our trip in Hwaseong Fortress. N, by the way, stands for new, as in new look from its previous renovation. :P We attempted to use the cable car going to the tower, but the line was crazy. We took the bus instead. We bought the Tower combo which includes the 2 admission tickets + 1 large popcorn + 1 large drink for 21,000 won. The admission fee for adults is actually 10,000 won. Sulit na, guys. 
with the tower buddies + Jelai
The observatory tower offers the panoramic view of Seoul. I always admire the view from the (any) observatory tower, you can see the grandest of the place. 
We spent our time taking photos from the different areas of the observatory tower. We decided to leave and see the Locks of Love. This is a favorite to some of the tourists (another way of saying, but not to me, noh? :P).
It was dark already by the time we leave N Seoul Tower. Not bad, considering we had popcorns. Kidding aside, the N Seoul Tower is now added to the towers I visited on my trips, yay. It's cheap to visit this tower too, the climbing up the observatory tower costs more on the other towers I visited in the past.

* Credit to Jelai for some of the photos

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Seoul (Not) Searching: Hwaseong Fortress

May 21, 2016 Tsina 0 Comments

On the 4th day of our Korea trip, it was just me and Jelai to visit the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is located in Suwon, and was built during the Joseon Dynasty. Hwaseong Fortress has impressive structures, and the fortress wall stretches to a total of 5.52km. So yes, you can't possibly do a walking tour here, rent a bike instead. We only paid 1,000 won mind you, best decision ever in this trip. :P So, yes now, let's get started. The Hwaseong Fortress was built for defense, and most importantly, or interestingly, to house the remains of the King's father, who was sentenced to death by his own father.
Never mind the outfit, noh? Plus this photo na medyo fail. But hey, I biked around the place for 2 hours. This was the start of the bike tour. 
outfit
We visited the towers, and found them in good condition. We also met old people guarding the fortress, which I found very nice. Plus points for equal job opportunity. 


One of the interesting spots would be the location of the Jewel in the Palace in Hwaseong Fortress. I watched it when I was a kid, no judging please. Korean dramas are absolutely good. I have probably outgrown it, but every now and then I still watch Korean dramas. 








We left the jewel in the place, and proceeded to finish our bike tour. We were actually already in the last leg when it started to rain a bit. A little bit of rain shouldn't hurt, despite getting sick a lot of times on my trips. :P

We went in Buksumun, or the Northern Floodgate, and the Bukammun, or the Northern Secret Gate. In total, there are five secret gates in the Hwaseong Fortress used mainly to transport people, cattle and military supplies. 




By this time, we were already tired and it was starting to rain again. We headed back to return the bikes we rented. It was a nice tour around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, this trip would have been better if I was dressed appropriately noh? :P

*Credit to Jelai for some of the photos

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May 20, 2016 Tsina 0 Comments

I apologize to the people I have hurt when I was hurting. It was necessary, but selfish. My heart was not in it, it was all part of the process. 

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