We got a chance to go south of the Han River to check out Coex Mall near Gangnam. We decided on taking a taxi for time’s sake and surprisingly it only cost $15 from Gwanghwamun to Gangnam.
Coex Mall is a haven from the elements, both hot and cold. I say that because it’s huge! It’s connected to other shopping centers, has it’s own aquarium, movie theater, and is next to the SMtown museum. It gets better. Inside Coex Mall is the Starfield library meant for public use. Definitely check the place out because there’s lots to do.
Almost every city has their own version of a tower with a 360 view. I thought I had seen it all. Been there done that kind of thing after seeing skylines of Chicago, Seattle, and New York city, but the view of Seoul from Namsan Tower is a must for every visiting tourist because you get to see how big Seoul really is. You get to see what a city of 10 million looks like and it’s a pretty cool view.
Things to consider when visiting the tower:
- Take a taxi up to the cable car and then take the cable car up to the tower. It only costs $9.
- If you’re adventurous, walk the Namsan trail up to the tower or at least to the cable car. It’s a nice trail if you know how to find it.
- There are a lot of stairs. So prepare yourself. But also know that a lot of the elderly make the visit to the tower so if they can do it, you can too.
- It’s a $10 admission for adults to the observatory.
- There are several food places in the observatory in addition to the ones at the base of the tower.
- There’s plenty of restrooms. If you decide to use the restroom up on the observatory, beware if you’re scared of heights because the toilets are next to the window and it’s a scary view down. I couldn’t do it, but luckily there are restrooms everywhere. So I used the ones at the base of the tower.
- Don’t flush your toilet paper. There are signs to put your toilet paper in the trash bin.
If you visit Seoul, definitely check out the old palaces around the city. Entry is really cheap for an amazing experience that takes you back to the Joseon era. For history buffs and architecture geeks, it’s the perfect experience.
It’s been an interesting few days here in Seoul. First trying to navigate through the city with Kakao Maps, learning how to ride their subway, and just experiencing large crowds. It was a bit of an adjustment but we’re figuring it out.
People are so nice though. We’ve been getting really nice service from restaurant owners, convenient store workers, and our hotel cleaning lady. It’s definitely not what we expected, which is why we have grown to love it in Seoul.
We are less than a month away until our international trip. I still haven’t researched things to do in the country we will be visiting, and I have a few things to take care of before jetting off. I thought I’d share my checklist of things to do before our trip to hopefully help someone else with their own travels. Thanks for stopping by!
Notify Your Bank of an International Trip
Make sure you tell your bank and credit card companies of your trip or else you may find your cards not working abroad.
Double Check If You Need a Visa to Enter the Country
I’ve double checked and we are okay.
Do Currency Exchange in Advance
I like to use Travelex so we don’t have to deal with currency exchange at the airport.
Figure Out Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel
I still haven’t researched how to get to our hotel once we land. We may just pay for the convenience of a taxi.
Pay Rent and Other Bills Before You Take Off
Since we’re leaving on May 1, we need to make sure we pay rent.
It was fun getting to watch Star Wars with a live symphony. It’s definitely a cool experience, and one that is very family friendly. I saw lots of families with small kids so for a kid appropriate movie, I definitely recommend the experience.
So the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed to San Francisco this October through May of next year. Pre-sale tickets started on Tuesday and today tickets have officially opened to the public. Well, I didn’t get tickets on Tuesday like I’d hoped and then tried again on Wednesday with no luck. But today, I tried one more time and finally scored some tickets! Woohoo!
I can’t believe how far out I have to wait for the show though. Most of the early months have already been sold out so I just randomly clicked on available dates for May 2020 and I got the tickets that I wanted. Ok, so I’m not a crazy die hard Harry Potter fan, although I did line up at midnight for the release of book 7, but I wasn’t willing to spend more than the cheapest seats available. For those interested, go get tickets!