Traveling has been on my mind a lot lately.
Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to go back to South Korea for the fifth time. I ended up going on that trip alone and it was interesting having to take care of all of the accommodations and entertainment for myself.
While it was a vacation that I enjoyed, it was also one of the most challenging ones that I’ve ever experienced. To sum it up in the easiest way possible, loneliness caught up to me…very hard. It’s such a strange sensation to be extremely lonely in a city full of millions but I think that having so many others around really emphasizes your own lack of company. I was able to meet up with some of my family and friends but spent majority of the time alone. However, when you spend a lot of time without others, you are able to notice everything on a deeper level.
I spent most of my time in the Seoul (서울) area and will share more of my travel adventures with you in the future! Nonetheless, I am going to simply focus on the N Seoul Tower (N 서울타워) for this post.
It’s perhaps one of the most famous landmarks of South Korea that opened publicly in 1980. The tower is quite large and houses transmission antennas for many of the major broadcasting companies. In addition, there is a fantastic observation floor with a neat little gift shop and many restaurants featuring various cuisines for dining.
I chose to ride the cable car up to the tower. It’s a quick way to get up the mountain and you are able to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you go.
One of the more striking things about the tower area is the large amount of locks that are secured everywhere. People go with loved ones to write messages on locks and keep them there as a symbol of their relationships. It’s fascinating to see all of them dangling upon the fences. They create an energy that fills the area with a massive amount of emotion. One of my wishes for the future is to return with accompanied by another to leave a lock that can live amongst all of the others.
Whether you travel to the tower with friends, family or alone, it is definitely worth seeing at least once in your lifetime.
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N Seoul Tower