Nighttime at Namsan Tower
Namsan Tower in Seoul
One of Luke and my bucket list items has been to stay out long enough so we can take the first train in the morning back home. Another was to go to the top of Namsan Tower at night. Well, we are now able to cross them both off of our list!
A few weekends ago, we headed to Seoul - by bus this time! We tried a local bus (M6724) that picks up close to our apartment and takes us right to Hongdae in about 1hr 15m! Not bad considering the subway requires us to take transportation to it, then transfer at least twice, getting us there in about 2 hours.
We left in the afternoon with the hopes of Luke getting a gimbal and both of us getting some night photos of the city from Namsan Tower. Night time photography is not yet a skill of mine, but I love love love cool night photos and am aspiring to have some of my own. I purchased a tripod earlier this year and was really able to put it to use at the tower. We went up to the very tip-top just in time for sunset. Unfortunately, we had to shoot everything through the windows and over crowds of people, but it was still an incredible view watching the sun go down and the city lights flicker on as the evening passed.
Once it was dark, we headed back down to the main observatory outside to get a different view, cash in our tickets for beer and popcorn and set up my tripod! It’s definitely a different type of photography from my usual snap and go material so hopefully with more practice I can get some great shots!
Waiting on the Sun
We eventually packed up our gear and jumped back on the subway to meet some friends. We started with some Chinese-Korean food, tangsuyuk (탕수육) accompanied with Japanese sake! Yumm! Afterwards, we went to a convenience store nearby to enjoy some cheap soju mixed with red vinegar called hongcho (홍초) - not my favorite combination, but I'm not a fan of the vinegary drinks to begin with. Regardless, it was a nice chill way to just sit and catch up.
At this point we only had about five or six hours to kill so we hopped on over to an arcade nearby. We played a fishing arcade game so Luke could keep up his fishing skills. He definitely needed the practice...😉 We raced each other in a typical race car arcade game in which I was in 1st the WHOLE time...up until the last 20 seconds. I still believe that game was a scam. I then annihilated Luke in air hockey and actually convinced him to do some Dance Dance Revolution with me. We crushed it.
We then walked to a hookah bar to hang out for a while until it closed down at about 4AM. And our last stop for the night/early morning was my favorite - pizza. It was called Monster Pizza. The sun started coming up as we were walking over and ordering our food. We stood at a table eating the biggest and best slices of pizza, watching the crazies on the streets from that night act a fool. It was a great way to finish our night and watch the morning roll in!