Thursday, May 31, 2012

KFC

Category: Restaurant - Fast food Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: -
Distance from Subway Station: -
District (gu): -
Description:

KFC have a shrimp burger menu that can be ordered. At 3,000 KRW it is cheap for a meal. Ask for 새우버거 (SaeWoo Burger) (source)

KFC Shrimp Burger. source: kfckorea.com

You can find KFC almost everywhere in Seoul. Look at all the red dots in the map below.

Locations in Google Map:

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Deoksugung Palace

Category: Attraction - Cultural
Nearest Subway Station: City Hall Station (Line 1,2)
Distance from Subway Station: 106 meters (Exit 2)
District (gu): Jung-gu
Description:

Deoksugung palace's compound is surrounded with stone walls. Deoksugung's doldam-gil or stone wall road has an interesting story attached to it. It was said that lovers that walk the road together will eventually break up. I wonder if people still believe in this legend, but anyone dare to try? ;) The road is a feast to the sights with beautiful historical buildings surrounding it. It is also apparently really beautiful in autumn with brown and yellow leaves adding splashes of colours to the view. Deoksugung Palace is also unique because it has buildings that were designed in Western styles. As usual more information on KTO Website.


 source: visitkorea.or.kr

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Namsangol Hanok Village

Category: Attraction - Cultural
Nearest Subway Station: Chungmuro Station (Line 3,4)
Distance from Subway Station: 128 meters (Exit 3,4)
District (gu): Jung-gu
Description:

Namsangol Hanok Village is a village with restored Hanok houses in the middle of Seoul. Located in a place that used to be a famous summer resort during the Joseon period, the village is attached with a beautiful park and very clear view of Namsan mountain and N-Seoul Tower. While Bukchon Hanok Village are mostly privately owned houses, the restored Hanok houses in Namsangol Hanok Village have been furnished with accurate furnishing of Joseon period and viewers are invited to look into the houses. Entrance is free, and the beautiful park is a very pleasant place for picnics. You can also rent hanbok and walk through the park to take pictures with the beautiful Korean traditional clothes. More source on KTO website.

source: visitkorea.or.kr

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Coffee Prince Cafe

Category: Attraction - Hallyu
Nearest Subway Station: Hongik University Station (Line 2, AREX)
Distance from Subway Station: 523 meters (Exit 8)
District (gu): Mapo-gu
Description:

This cafe was the filming location of the extremely popular drama "Coffee Prince". The owner of the cafe has decided to not change the interior from the drama's filming and the cafe has now become the place to go for visitors wishing to revisit their memories of the drama. The cafe is located in Hongdae, where there are also many other unique cafes waiting for customers. Do check on their opening hours, you don't want to go there and find out it is closed like what happened with us.

 closed. credit: me

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Halal Restaurants in Seoul

Disclaimer: The site is not taking responsibility that all the food served in restaurants listed here will be 100% halal. Please take own caution when doing your orders.

If you are planning to stay near Itaewon you won't face any problem looking for halal food. Itaewon is filled with halal restaurants, especially among the road heading to Seoul Grand Mosque. This site is therefore focusing on halal restaurants outside of Itaewon. While it is more difficult to find halal restaurants outside of Itaewon, it is not impossible. In addition to halal restaurants there are still many other options.

Including halal restaurants, described below are restaurants that serve meals that are permissible to Muslims.

ADDED 9th JULY 2012: I feel the need to clarify that I am not endorsing or recommending any of the restaurant listed here. This is just a listing of available halal/permissible restaurants in Seoul especially outside of Itaewon. It is not possible for me to have been to all the restaurants here (in fact I've only been to two). Reviews on the restaurants can be found in the sources I listed or if it is not there please search for it from Google. Thank you for your understanding.

ADDED 14th JANUARY 2014: There is disagreement on me choosing to list shrimp burger and vegetarian pizza as food that can be considered on the comment box below. Again I need to clarify that I am not a religious scholar, I do not wish to partake in any debate (again) on the permissibility of food. Please do your own research and get your own "yaqeen" from your findings ><. Thank you again for your understanding.

Halal Restaurants

These are restaurants that serve slaughtered meats, displaying Halal signs at their premise or claimed as Halal by their owners. To look at the list of halal restaurants listed in this site browse through the restaurant: halal tag.


Vegetarian Restaurants

These are restaurants that serve vegetarian/vegan meals exclusively or have a separate vegetarian menus. Browse these restaurants by tag restaurant: vegetarian.


Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants

These are restaurants that have one or two vegetarian options. Some have seafood options like prawns. Most options listed here are Indian restaurants. Most Indian restaurants have vegetarian or seafood options so if you stumble upon restaurants not listed here do go inside and look at their menus. These restaurants are listed here under restaurant: vegetarian friendly tag.

Seafood Restaurants

The riskier option. While all seafood is halal, other ingredients used may be of not permissible sources. Most Muslim travel agencies will take you to seafood restaurants but they probably have Korean speaking guide to instruct the restaurant servers. In backpacking case you have to tell them yourself that meat and chicken should not be put inside.

Here are some menus that are less likely to have the ingredients above and should be safe to order:

  • MaeWoonTang / 매운탕 - Spicy Fish Stew
    To know the ingredients used to cook check here
 source: aeriskitchen.com
  • Sundubu Jigae / 순두부 찌개 - Hot & Spicy Soft Tofu Stew
    To know the ingredients used to cook check here.
 source: mykoreankitchen.com
  • Saengseon Gui / 생선구이 - Grilled Fish
    To know the ingredients used to cook check here.
 source: beyond kimchi
  • Saengseon Jeon / 생선전 - Pan-fried Fish Fillets
    To know the ingredients used to cook check here.
source: latestrecipes.net
  • Haemul Paejeon / 해물파전 - Seafood Pancake
    To know the ingredients used to cook check here.
 source: thekitchn.com

Even if the ingredients for menus above show only seafoods are used, some restaurants may put beef inside the stews for stock. Make sure to tell them not to. This site list very few seafood restaurant, but you can just walk in to any seafood restaurants you found or hail a taxi and ask them to bring to nearest seafood restaurant. Try looking for this sign: 해물 (Seafood).

NEW: Use this table below to help you order in Korean:

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Fast food Restaurants

Many must have experienced just buying french fries in fast food restaurants at that moment of hunger in foreign countries due to no halal restaurants nearby. Fortunately fast food restaurants nowadays have seafood menus in addition to their usual dishes. Fast food restaurants in Seoul are not exempted. Vegetarian pizza and shrimp burgers are among some dishes that Muslims can buy from outlets of KFC, Lotteria and Mr. Pizza. Browse the restaurant: fast food tag for more information and location.

 KFC: familiar sight abroad

I hope this entry will be beneficial for travellers looking for permissible meals in Seoul. Browse through the related tags or just the category: restaurant tag for all restaurants listed in this site. InshaAllah you will not starve :)

Taking Subway in Seoul

One of the reasons backpacking in Seoul is very feasible is because of how extensive their subway network is. Almost everywhere can be reached by the train. Seoul have a whopping 16 lines serving throughout the city. There are also many transfer stations that we can actually choose whether to have the minimum travel time or minimum transfers for journeys using more than one line.

Seoul Subway Map. source: smrt.co.kr

Whenever you are lost, it is always a good idea to ask for the nearest subway station. Chances are it is not far. As long as you know the subway station nearest to your staying place you can take yourself safely home.

Seoul subway fare is reasonable. It is only 1,150 KRW within 10 km. Ticket prices are discounted for T-Money card holders. T-Money is a prepaid transportation card that can be used in subways, buses and taxis. Instead of 1,150 KRW, card holders are only charged 1,050 KRW. This discount is not limited to subways but also including buses. If you are going to be in Seoul for one week and more, I really recommend buying the T-Money card. The card only costs 2,500 KRW and even if you don't use the subway 25 times for the whole trip, the convenience of not having to queue up and buy tickets each time more than make up for it. T-Money can be bought at almost all convenience stores in Seoul.


 source: visitkorea.or.kr

If you already calculate the fares for the whole duration of your trip, you can load the T-Money the first time with that amount. Make sure you don't misplace the card though :)

Checking Subway Fares Tutorial:

Go to this site by Seoul Metro Traffic Center. To choose for departure and arrival stations you can either click on the station's name on the subway map, or search for the its name. Click on the search button  to get the list for Departure and Arrival:



Once you have chosen both stations, the site will calculate the fares, time taken, distance taken, show the stations you will pass through and the stations for transfer. You can move the information boxes if they cover the subway path.



For every journey you must take note of the first next stations and the transfer stations. This is to make sure that you board the subways heading the correct way and you change line at the correct stations. For the example above here are the details:

  • Departure: Achasan
  • Next Station from Departure: Gunja
  • Transfer: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
  • Next Station from Transfer: Chungmuro
  • Arrival: Myeongdong

There are English signs in subway stations, and announcements of next stations inside the subways are also in English among other languages. InshaAllah you will have no problem using subways in Seoul.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Nami Island (Shuttle Bus)

Category: Attraction - One Day Visit
Nearest Subway Station: Jongno 3-ga (Line 1, 3, 5)
Distance from Subway Station: Shuttle Bus Office - 324 meters | Shuttle Bus - 178 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
Description:

Should there be a reason to visit Nami Island? It is really a must-visit place for those who are planning to visit South Korea. A mere 90 minutes from Seoul, Nami Island is very accessible by many ways. The beauty of the island beckon everyone to come, and not just the Korean drama "Winter Sonata" lovers. For Muslims, there is a restaurant that serves halal vegetarian food and also a Muslim prayer room provided for our convenience.

Nami Island is not situated in Seoul. What will be shown on map here instead will be where tickets for shuttle bus to Nami Island can be bought, and where the shuttle bus itself will be stationed. Taking the shuttle bus is one of the easiest ways to go to Nami Island. You will first have to go to the Nami Island Shuttle Bus office in Insadong to buy your tickets. It is recommended to buy the tickets before the day of your planned trip to Nami Island. Updated: You don't have to go to the office in Insadong anymore. Just make your reservation by phone around 1 month before you go. This is to make sure you will get your seats.

Here's a guide on how to book your Nami Island shuttle bus ticket:
  1. Call the ticket office. To call from outside of South Korea dial: +8227531247
  2. When the staff picks up tell her "Hi, I would like to book tickets for Nami Island bus"
  3. The staff will ask for the date, so tell her your intended date.
  4. Then she will ask "How many people?". Tell her how many are going.
  5. When asked from Insadong or Jamsil, answer Insadong. (or Jamsil if you are departing from there)
  6. She will then ask whether you want a one-way ticket or for the round trip. Get the round trip if you want to take the same bus back to Insadong.
  7. Next she will ask if you want the ticket including ferry etc. Answer yes.
  8. Finally she will ask for your name to put the reservation under. I highly recommend giving a short name here. Giving a long name (example Noorkumalasari) will just make it harder for both of you because you'll need to spell out your name. If my name is Noorkumalasari, I'd just give Sari as my name.
  9. She will then summarizes your booking, telling you how much you would have to pay and to tell the bus driver your name so that you can pick up your tickets and pay on the day of your trip. Now, say thank you and you can hang up.
The staff's accent may make it hard for you to understand her English, but remember she may find it hard to understand your accent too. So as long as you follow the guide above you'll both be okay.

The 23,000 KRW ticket will include return bus to Nami Island, return ferry tickets and admission fees. The shuttle bus departs everyday at 9.30 am from Tapgol Park in Insadong  except on Tuedays. More information can be gotten from Nami Island's website.

If you want to look at other alternatives beside taking the shuttle bus, see your other options here: How to get to Nami Island.

source: here

Location in Google Map:


Walking Directions:

 1. From exit 5, walk towards that tall white building in the picture:


2. Walk straight under the building and turn left at the small road:


3. From the small road walk straight until you reach Tapgol Park's wall. From here turn right:


4. Walk along the wall and you will reach where the shuttle bus is parked. Cross the road at the zebra sign:


5. Turn right once you've crossed and walk straight until you find this building on the left. Go inside. The shuttle bus ticketing office is on the 2nd floor.


New! Printable map with points of interests:

copyright: muslimbackpackerseoul.blogspot.com

Banpo Bridge

Category: Attraction - Other
Nearest Subway Station: Express Bus Terminal Station (Line 3, 7, 9)
Distance from Subway Station: 840 meters (Exit 8-1)
District (gu): Seocho-gu
Description:

If you have seen the Seoul promotional video starring Super Junior and Girls Generation you must be familiar with the scene of them singing with a bridge with water fountains as the background. That bridge is Banpo Bridge, and it is famous for having the "Moonlight Rainbow Fountain" which holds the world record for longest bridge fountain. Banpo Bridge and the fountains are really one of Seoul's remarkable landmarks. If you have nothing planned for a night, consider experiencing the sounds and sights of this famous bridge. The bridge is best viewed from Banpo Hangang Park. More information on KTO Website.

The light show is not done all the time so please check the schedule at this site.

 source: visitkorea.or.kr

 animated gif credit: me

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Gwanghwamun Square

Category: Attraction - Other
Nearest Subway Station: Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5)
Distance from Subway Station: 100 meters (Exit 2)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
Description:

Gwanghwamun Square is a 20,000 m² stretch of public area that is located near the Gwanghwamun Gate and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There are two statues in this area: one of King Sejong the Great, the creator of Hangul scripts and the other one is of the naval commander Admiral Yi Sun Shin. There are also water fountains in the square, making the place a very pleasant place for a visit. Gwanghwamun Square is located in the middle of Gyeongbok Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream, it is a good idea to group the square for a visit together with the other two places. More information on the square can be found on Seoul Government website.


 source: visitkorea.or.kr
Location in Google Map:

Lotte World

Category: Attraction - One Day Visit
Nearest Subway Station: Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8)
Distance from Subway Station: 0 meter (Exit 4)
District (gu): Songpa-gu
Description:

Lotte World is a family theme park located inside of Seoul in the district of Songpa-gu. This is the theme park that was featured extensively in the Korean drama "Stairway to Heaven". Fans of variety show "Running Man" may also recognize the park as the filming location of episode 9. Considered as world's largest indoor theme park, visitors to the park can enjoy themselves without worrying of bad weather affecting their visit. In addition to rides, the park also have frequent parades and festivals with actors wearing colourful costumes and clothes greeting visitors in the park. Get the most out of your admission passes and stay the whole day! Visit their official site for more information.


 source: visitkorea.or.kr

Location in Google Map:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Questions and Suggestions

If you can't the answer to your questions in the FAQ and also Site Map, you can post them here. InshaAllah I will answer to the best of my knowledge. Also if you have any suggestion and information (especially about halal restaurants and prayer places) do share it in the comment section too, may it be beneficial to others :)

I also appreciate if you can inform me if you find any inaccurate / outdated information in this site.

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Bukchon Hanok Village

Category: Attraction - Cultural
Nearest Subway Station: Anguk Station (Line 3)
Distance from Subway Station: 614 meters (Exit 2)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
Description:

Bukchon Hanok Village is a village of traditional Korean houses surrounded by two palaces: Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung and the Jongmyo Shrine. This village used to be the homes of the officials serving the royal family during the Joseon period. Now some of their descendants still live in this village. The village is made up of many small alleys with all heading towards either Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung or downtown Seoul. (source)

 source: visitkorea.or.kr

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KBS Building

Category: Attraction - Hallyu
Nearest Subway Station: National Assembly Station (Line 9)
Distance from Subway Station: 496 meters (Exit 4)
District (gu): Yeongdeungpo-gu
Description:

KBS is short for Korean Broadcasting Station a TV Station in Korea. KBS is among the TV channels most responsible for spreading the Hallyu Wave. It produces many variety shows that have become favourites among fans such as Dream Team, 1 Night 2 Days and Invincible Youths. The building is the venue for the weekly Music Bank music program broadcast. Recorded every Friday, fans flock this station for a glimpse of their favourite artists. Fans of Super Junior also come almost every weekday for the radio program "Super Junior Kiss The Radio" where the members Sungmin and Ryeowook are the DJs. The radio studio has a glass made of wall making the DJs and guests viewable to the public.

 source: wikipedia.org

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War Memorial of Korea

Category: Attraction - Museum
Nearest Subway Station: Samgakji Station (Line 4, 6)
Distance from Subway Station: 412 meters (Exit 12)
District (gu): Yongsan-gu
Description:

South Korea and North Korea are still officially at war. They have never signed any peace treaty after the Korean War (1950-1953) but war was stopped by armistice instead. This memorial lines up exhibits of equipments used during the Korean War. It would be a great stop for those who are fascinated with war history. More information on KTO's Website here.

 source: visitkorea.or.kr

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National Museum of Korea

Category: Attraction - Museum
Nearest Subway Station: Ichon (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 433 meters (Exit 2)
District (gu): Yongsan-gu
Description:

Museums are a good place to visit to learn about the history and culture of a country. The best thing is museums also usually don't charge any admission fee. South Korea is a country rich in historical backgrounds. The National Museum of Korea houses many artifacts that tells these stories. For more information, visit KTO website's entry on the museum.

source: visitkorea.or.kr

Location in Google Map:

Planning Your Seoul Trip

  1. Book your flight tickets
  2. Determine places you want to go
  3. Plan stops for permissible meals and prayers
  4. Book for accommodation
Is it really as simple as these four steps? Let's break it down. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this entry it will become clearer how to start planning for that exciting Seoul trip!

1. Book your flight tickets

So you've managed to grab that cheap Seoul tickets from Air Asia's promotion. Congratulations! That is one thing sorted. But what about those without tickets? Well, what are you waiting for? ;) Luckily for us there are many flight aggregator sites in operation right now. Just decide when to go, and the site will search multiple airlines and list down by the cheapest price possible. Below is an example from the site skyscanner.com :


For Air Asia flights, there is a site (fleapy.com) that list down all promotion prices when you put down your destination. The result for Kuala Lumpur - Incheon is here. Below is the screenshot:


So when is the best time to visit Korea? I would say during Spring and Autumn. Go for early Spring (April) if you want to see beautiful cherry blossoms, but the rest of Spring is equally beautiful too with colourful flowers and very pleasant cool weather. Autumn is around late September to early November, and it is also cool with the sights of leaves changing colours.

2. Determine places you want to go

Some people go to Seoul knowing exactly where to go. They want to attend convocation of their family, or maybe attend concert of their favourite Korean group. But for the rest who are still deciding where to go, this site has categorize attractions in Seoul into eight categories:

  • Palaces/Traditional Villages/Cultural Buildings & Experience
  • Performances/Theaters
  • Nature’s Places/Parks/Rivers
  • Shopping/Places to buy Souvenirs
  • Museums
  • K-Pop/K-Drama Places of Interest
  • One Day Visits/Theme Parks
  • Other Attractions

 Cheonggyecheon Stream. Credit: me

Decide which categories interest you most, or go to one place for each category! Also it is highly recommended to look at Korean Tourism Organization's website for the places you want to visit and find out the admission fees (if there's any), opening hours and other information. Look at places you can go in one visit (nearing each other) and plan how long you will be spending there; 1 hour? 2 hours? Half a day? One whole day?

3. Plan stops for permissible meals and prayers

We need fuel for all the extensive walking we will be doing! So look at where we can stop and munch some food. This site has a list of halal, vegetarian, vegetarian friendly and seafood restaurants Muslims (and others too!) can go. Look for the restaurant closest to the place you will be during those meal times. Browse the entries using district tag, (for example if you will be in Namdaemun, look at district: jung-gu tag) or type "restaurant jung-gu" into the search box.

 Halal tandoori in Itaewon. Credit: me

If you won't be going back to your room for prayers, look at where to stop for prayers in the category: prayer place tag. But don't limit yourself to these places! This is where Muslims would have to be creative. Do like what students in non-Muslim countries do: pray in nursing rooms (only if you are female okay), under the stairs, at the parks, in changing rooms etc. The whole world is our mosque :) Bring with you a qiblah compass, spritz bottle for ablution, small cloth to be put on the floor and you're good to go.

4. Book for accommodation

Choose your bed: 5 stars hotel? No star hotel? Guesthouse? Dorm? Seoul have so many accommodations that suit every budget. Look at sites like agoda.com to book accordingly.

Where to stay? For those looking for cheaper and more homey experience, Seoul have two areas with a concentration of guesthouses and hostels: Mapo-gu and Jongno-gu especially around Anguk-dong. But this doesn't mean that you can't find cheap accommodation elsewhere. Search around and you may be surprised. :)

It is very recommended that you book for accommodation near to the subway station of the line you most frequently use in the trip. This way you will spend less time (and energy walking) for changing line. The walk to change line is not really near. For Malaysians imagine the length you have to walk to change from KTM Komuter to KL Monorail in KL Sentral. In some stations it is that distance... times two.

NEW! Check out our site's listing of budget accommodations in Downtown Seoul here.

P/S: I am sharing a travel itinerary and map I created for a weekend trip to Seoul that I've yet to take. Hopefully it can give you more ideas on how to plan your trip.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Myeongdong

Category: Attraction - Shopping
Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 0 meter (Exit 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
District (gu): Jung-gu
Description:

A very trendy shopping district, Myeongdong is filled with Korean brand cosmetic stores. You can find many branches of Nature's Republic, Etude House, The Face Shop and many other brands here. Selling cosmetic stuffs at very discounted price, these stores are generous with their free gifts so do buy them for people back home! Clothing brands such as GAP, H&M, Uniqlo and the SM Entertainment affiliated SPAO have their flagship stores here. Myeongdong is always full of people but especially so on the evening and on the weekend. It is a good place to be to soak up the lively atmosphere: with colourful lights, youth-filled crowds and stores blasting the latest K-Pop songs to the streets.

source: visitkorea.or.kr

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Namdaemun Market

Category: Attraction - Shopping
Nearest Subway Station: Hoehyeon (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 0 meter (Exit 5,6)
District (gu): Jung-gu
Description:

Namdaemun Market is a large mostly open-air market that sells a lot of things from clothes to ginseng. Many clothes sold in other places in Seoul actually come from Namdaemun. You are expected to ask for discounts and they will usually lower the original quoted price. Here is also the place to buy brooches, especially if you are going to buy them in a huge quantity to be resold back home. Souveniers like t-shirts, key chains and fridge magnets are also widely available here so this market is a convenient place for the gifts you want to buy for your family, colleagues, neighbours etc.

For Muslim travellers, there's a halal shawarma stall here. So you can stop and grab something to eat in the middle of shopping.

source: nationalgeographic.com

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Namsan Park and Tower

Category: Attraction - Nature
Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 600 meters (Exit 4)
District (gu): Jung-gu
Description:

Popular for the N Seoul Tower on top of its mountain, Namsan also have a lovely park surrounding it. There are well maintained pavilions and also old smoke signal station dating back to Joseon period. Namsan Tower is a popular spot for lovers where they would come and leave padlocks bearing their names. It is believed by doing this their love for each other will be "locked" forever. :) More information on Namsan Park and Tower on KTO Website.

There are several ways on reaching the park and tower. One of the easiest ways is to take the cable car. Direction in Google Map below is to the Namsan Cable Car station. There are also many paths to the cable car, the one shown is while the most farther, is the most straightforward and not as "hill climbing" as the others or going through small alleys (less chance of getting lost/confused!).

source: visitkorea.or.kr
Location in Google Map: 


Walking Direction:

1. From exit 4, walk straight until you reach the junction in front of the Shinsegae Building:


2. Turn left (you should be able to see Namsan Tower from here) and walk straight up until you see this elevator that will take you to the Namsan Cable Car:


Cheonggyecheon Stream

Category: Attraction - Nature
Nearest Subway Station: Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5)
Distance from Subway Station: 149 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
Description:

Cheonggyecheon stream was a heavily polluted stream running in the middle of stream until the Korean government covered the stream and built an elevated highway on top of it. The government of Seoul decided to restore the stream and it reopened in 2005. The stream has now become a popular spot for both tourists and Seoulites. There is free a walking tour provided by KTO for tourists who would like to know more about the historical significance of the stream. Arrangement can be made by referring to KTO Website.

source: visitkorea.or.kr
Location in Google Map:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jump Theatre

Category: Attraction - Performance
Nearest Subway Station: Jongno 3-ga (Line 1, 3, 5)
Distance from Subway Station: 66 meters (Exit 14)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
Description:

Jump is a performance that mixes comedy with martial arts and acrobatics such as Taekwondo and Taekkyun. It tells the story of a family of martial art artists facing thieves who broke into their house. This performance has been staged even in London's West End and Broadway. More information can be found on their official site.


Location in Google Map: