Just to see a wall
True story, this would be my second Monday in Seoul, can you believe it's already been a week!? I've been knocking things off my list left and right. Today is no exception. Namsan sits on one side of Korea(remember I took a cable car up to that one) and Naksan sits on the other. Apparently during the Japanese occupation they tore this baby down, the ancient wall encircling the City. We saw one of these ancient gates in "Lost in Namdaemun" well today I went to visit the wall that use to connect to it.
I went to Dongdaemun which was easy to find, I was surprised leaving my exit, it's a little artists village. Not a lot of stuff was open because, it's a Monday and things like to close on Mondays here. I thought, I'd like to come back here and see a play. To get the park you had to walk straight up through the town. And I mean straight up 🥵
I broke out into to that sweat early, apart of me kept wondering if I was going in the right direction as there was no park in sight, just a lot of shops and houses. I did see one shop on particular.
Teeny Tiny shop, the lady was actually in the back making the dresses. I thought, this, this is exactly how I see my future shop! I wanted to buy from her, but I still had a long journey, so I thought I would stop back on my way down. I continued straight up.
When I finally got to the park and started reading about it, apparently after Korea was liberated builders started building in that area ignoring the historical significance. The government stepped in and created a boundary line, which would eventually become the park. Which is why all these shops and houses are literally built on the side of a mountain. After entering the park I decided to go straight to the top, that way I could have an easy decent following the wall down. So I climbed what felt like a million stairs.
A lot of places on the internet suggest climbing this bad boy at night. Cause they light the whole thing up. I don't really like going out at night so I'll just have to look at pictures of it lit up online. There's not much else to say it's a beautiful view, there is a bus you can take that drops to off real close, but I'm nervous to take busses cause someone told me the bus system here is hard to learn.
I walked the entire length of the remaining wall, it actually made me feel like one of the Pevensies in Prince Caspian when they return to a dilapidated Cair Paravel.
The way down was a little easier, but still a neverending staircase. And of course the bottom isn't a bott really, your still on a mountain. Slowly I made my way down. I was coming down a different way then I went up, this part had more shops open. I stopped in a looked about. I actually saw looks of very cute things, but nothing that looked like it would fit me. Unfortunately these ladies don't have to deal with these hips cause everything comes in tiny. As I kept walking I saw the beginning of a street faire being set up. I thout I'll stop by after lunch.
I don't know if these are supposed to be poop but they look like it to me lol. Passed these outside of the Girls School. Where they all wore uniforms just like in the Dramas.
Lunch in the most beautiful little restaurant. I was so hungry I ordered bibimbap, and hot pot, the lady was so surprised she asked me twice if it was for one person, then laughed commenting on how I like to eat. I laughed along with her. Bibimbap is my favorite Korean dish, and this did not disappoint, this was my first time trying hotpot, which is basically a soup served in a hotpot I went with the bulgogi meat. The banchan or sided dishes were like three different types of kimchi and some green stuff. The kimchi, hands down best kimchi I ever had. I could have just eaten that. All three types excellent, in quarantine they always have me kimchi and it put me off it a little because I didn't really like it. But after trying this kimchi I totally understand why it's served at every meal.
On the way back I stopped off at the faire which was now in full swing. I bought two of those Pop Funkos for 2000 won total, that's like 1.20, and two skirts for 20,000 won total about 15.75, both actually fit me when I got home to try them on.
At home I just hung out on my balcony, the balcony I had to have and paid extra on rent for, as I was exhausted after that mountain.
What Did I Wear?
I went with the sweater I had just purchased from Troubadour two days before. I knew it might be a little warm but went with it anyways. I paired it with some pleated red shorts.
There was no outfit change, unless putting on my jammies count.