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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Seoul - N Seoul Tower & Teddy Bear Museum

Anyone who visits Korea for the first time would definitely want to visit N Seoul Tower, especially for couples. It is located in Namsan Mountain and traffic has been restricted in the protection of the ecosystem of the Namsan Park. So the only way to get to the tower is either taking the public bus and walk or cable car.

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One beautiful shot taken by Adeline

The Locks of Love (located at 2nd floor of the N Plaza, at the Roof Terrace) is a popular location for people to hang locks that symbolize eternal love, and has been depicted in many Korean television shows, dramas, and movies.

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OMG at the numbers of locks!

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Love padlock trees

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We bought the Observatory Package (Teddy Bear Museum + N Seoul Tower Observatory) for ₩14,000.

The Teddy Bear Museum exhibits the history of Seoul from past to present through the use of teddy bears. It is an amusing and innovative way to see how Seoul has changed and developed over time, both as the capital of Korea and as an international city. Teddy bears are posed in scenes recreating historic events as well as various aspects of Seoul life. There are two galleries in the museum: Seoul History Center and Special Center of Seoul.

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Entance of Teddy Bear Museum

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Gallery 1: Seoul History Center
- Capital of Joseon: Discover with teddy bears the time-honored history of Seoul as a capital city starting from the Joseon Dynasty (during which, the city was dubbed 'Hanyang') to its inception as the Republic of Korea - Seoul as a Capital: Why Seoul has become the capital and how it happened
- Story of the Palaces in Seoul: the life palace folks in Seoul's olden days
- Seoul in Modern Days: Depicts modern life starting from the Japanese Colonial Period

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Gallery 2: Special Center of Seoul
Our fluffy teddy friends show us modern life in Apgujeong, Seoul
- Discover Seoul Today: Learn about diverse aspects of modern Seoul
- Photo Zone: Fun & Exciting World of Teddy Bears & Photo Zone
- History of Teddy Bears: discover the history of teddy bears and see luxury bears
- <Palace> Zone: see the teddy bears featured in the popular Korean drama <Palace>

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The Nanta cooking show

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A huge version of the teddy bears in Goong!

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Teddy bears in Goong

We then headed to take the lift to the observatory tower, where there was a short animation shown on the top of the lift. N Seoul Tower offers panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas.

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I was missing my country when we found this!

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You can send a letter back to your country!

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The view at the observatory deck is really stunning! I would go back there one day when I have a boyfriend to place a couple lock!

** A/N: I've also been to Jeju's Teddy Bear Museum in 2013. Do check out my post.**

Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: Weekdays & Sun: 10:00am to 11:00pm ; Sat: 10:00am to 12:00am
Admission Fees: Adult ₩14,000 ; Children ₩10,000
Directions: Take subway to Chungmuro station. From Exit 1, get on the Yellow Bus No. 2 in front of Daehan Cinema.
Website: nseoultower.co.kr ; teddybearmuseum.co.kr (in Korean only)