A Public Library in the Mall – Seoul


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.


Namsan Tower in Seoul


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.

Falling in Love With Seoul


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.