Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hiking up Namsan

We had a rare "free" Saturday a week or so ago and decided to hike up Namsan to the Seoul Tower, while the fall leaves were still pretty vibrant. We opted for a quick climb by a portion of the Seoul Fortress Wall, seen here:

It's just a small portion of the southern part of the wall, 
as you can see from the below map (and on the link):

Here's a little history about the wall for you from the posted signs:

At the top of the hill, we found a park and some large monuments.

Statue of Paikbum Kim Koo - President of the Korean Provisional government and Korean independence fighter.

Statue of Lee Si-yeong, the first Vice President of the Republic of Korea.

As we continued on our walk, we passed by the Namsan Public Library and a few more serious looking fellows.

And some great scenery...

At the top, we decided to try out the Trick Eye Museum first - enjoy the fun!

And the funny part - he had no idea what the picture on the other side was.

He's alive!


Then we seemed to enter the Matrix...

We rode the elevator to the top of the tower to see what we could see.

If you look at the left portion of the above picture, you can see the roof of the Cheong Wa Dae ("Blue House") right next to the mountain.

Afterwards, we walked back down the mountain and headed home for lunch.

Passed this gas station on the way - how to solve the problem of limited space? Use the ceiling!

And just to show you how different some things can be here - check out the size of this leaf!!

It's a leaf blanket!

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