After wandering around the city for days, everyone needs a little bit of extra fresh air and some actual clean trees so why not spend an afternoon exploring a small village of traditional Korean houses and then a hike up the popular Namsan mountain where the view of the city is the best place to enjoy the sunset while eating an ice cream or drinking a diet coke if you’re trying to keep kind of fit like me (big fail but still trying).
I got off at Chungmuro Station (Line 3/4) from exit 3 and walked straight forward towards the Namsangol Hanok Village. The entrance was free and I passed by Korean families playing besides the little pond and senior citizens sitting around. Once again, the place took me back in time when I was strolling through the small alleys looking at the old houses. The peacefulness and beauty of this place made me enjoy it even more.
After my walk through the village, I walked back towards the entrance and around the right corner. Bus no. 02 arrived two minutes later and I swiped my transport card and sat down in one of the seats while the bus started moving. The busy Koreans were moving fast while the bus drove through the streets but suddenly there wasn’t more big buildings but only green trees and silence. The fit passengers got off at the button of the mountain and started hiking but I have to be honest, I stayed in the bus all the way to the top.
At the top, I got off and walked to the platform where all the lovebirds had locked their love together by locks on the fence. I was standing there watching the sun slowly go down with hundreds of other curious Chinese tourists. The mix of mountains and modern city was stunning with a burning red sun in the back. Flawless.
Info about transport
To Namsangol Hanok Village: Chungmuro Station, (Line 3/4), exit 3/4
To Namsan: from Namsangol entrance, turn right around the corner, bus no. 02 (Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus) towards N Seoul Tower
When going back to town, take the same bus no. 02 again down the mountain and get off at Chungmuro Station again.
Namsan also has a park you can enjoy and remember, the sunset is quite early in Korea so check it beforehand to make sure you’ll be there in time.
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