Marga Goes to Seoul Day 3: Gyeongbogkung Palace and N Seoul Tower

Gyongbogkung Palace

How to get there? Alight at Gyeongbogkung Station

Entrance Fee: 3,000 won

Operating Hours: Closed on Tuesdays. Open on other days from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Gyeongbogkung palace was the palace of the Joseon dynasty and it was built in 1395. Can you believe that is has 7,700 rooms? When I got there I was in awe because it was so huge. It’s a good place for pictures! There isn’t much to do except have legit Korean tea (with snacks). I did it for the experience. I also saw a lot of people in costume which was really cute. I suggest though that if you have time, rent a costume and have your pictures taken!

N Seoul Tower (Love locks bridge)

Entrance Fee: 10,000 won

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

If you read my Flytpack entry, you probably know what happened to my friend and I on our way to the tower. If you haven’t, I shall briefly share my experience.

Apparently our guesthouse according to Waze was 10 minutes away from the tower. The weather was really nice at first so we decided to walk and not ride the bus. But we should not have relied on Waze because unfortunately, the tower was really far. I felt like I was going around in circles because I could see it from where I was but could not get close to it. It took us an hour and a half to hike to the top. The worst part was that it started to rain and Namsan park was really dark. I admit that I got so scared but good thing my friend was there to make me feel safe. My legs were shaking because of the cold and exhaustion but because of my friend encouraging me, I continued climbing the steps. Nevertheless it was still a memorable experience for the both of us because it tested our patience and stamina LOL. I know that I am an athlete but damn I WAS SO NOT FIT. So the lesson of the story is to never trust Waze. Better to open Google maps instead!

When we got to the tower we decided to pay extra to see Korea’s skyline.Β  It was really beautiful!

See budget here

Tips:

  1. If you plan to go to both, make sure it isn’t raining because you won’t really get to enjoy it
  2. Nice to see N Seoul tower at night because of the beautiful lights
  3. Take a shuttle bus to N Seoul tower. Do not walk going there because it’s steep! You will tire yourself.

I really don’t have a lot of tips to give because Korea is indeed a safe country and I haven’t really experienced anything sketchy. Have you experienced a tourist trap or whatsoever in Seoul? Kindly let me know! Comment below!

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