A short walk away from these markets in the Namsan Park which has the N Seoul Tower. At 672m, this tower offers spectacular views of the city. Choose between a climb of about 20-30 mins or take a cable car ride to the top (8500 ₩ for a round trip, approx. ₹545). You can see these views from the Palgakjeong or pay a bit extra to go upto the observatory deck (10,000 ₩, approx. ₹641). You can even reserve a table at their rooftop restaurant to enjoy an early dinner.
Open hours: 10:00-23:00 on weekdays/Sunday. On Saturdays it is open till midnight.
Nearest subway station: Hoehyeon Subway Station on Line 4 for walking up to the tower and Myeong-dong Subway Station on Line 4, Exit 3 for the cable car ride.
Do people watching at Gyeongui Line Forest Park
A good way to gauge the vibe of any city is by observing people in their natural environment. Created when the Gyeongui railway line went partially underground, this forest park is a great place for family hangouts and a popular space for the locals. In summer nights you can see musicians performing in the park while a lot of picnickers grab a beer and enjoy the night views
Nearest subway station: Accessible via Hongdae station
Night- Get ready to party like never before
Go club hopping at Hongdae
Seoul is known for its parties which last till the wee hours of morning. Just adjacent to the Gyeongui Line forest park, lies this popular hub for the Korean youth. From underground parties to indie music scenes, bars, restaurants and shops this place has everything you can ever imagine. Some of the popular places here are Venue and Free Bird. End your visit on a high while exploring the different options of entertainment here.
Open: Most places stay open till 5 a.m.
Nearest subway station: Accessible via University Station on Line 2, exit 8 or 9
How to reach Seoul
Multiple operators fly to Seoul from all the major Indian airports. Asiana Airlines is one of the cheapest and most convenient option from New Delhi with round trip fares approx. starting at Rs. 39,000 onwards.
Getting around Seoul
Google maps is not functional in Seoul, and as for the subway map, Kakao Metro app is very helpful. Trains are operational from 5:30 am till midnight. So, if you are partying or shopping till night, taxis are also a good option to get around. They are surprisingly cheaper than a lot of other countries and will charge you a base fare of 3000 ₩ (approx. ₹192.50) for 2km and so on. It is a good option to buy a Tmoney card at one of the many kiosks around the city. This can be used to travel across the city for multiple journeys across various forms of transportation and the unused balance can be redeemed before you return. You can download the subway map and get the complete details here. (http://english.visitseoul.net/essential-Info-article/Getting-Around_/211)
Visa for Seoul
Indians can easily get a temporary tourist visa for 90 days by applying to the Embassy of Korea. VFS global manages the visa services for Korea in India. You can get the details for application here(http://www.vfsglobal.com/korea/india/)
Tips for travelling to Seoul
If you manage to catch a little extra time, then you can catch the city’s spectacular morning views from Bukhansan or Inwangsan.
Get free samples like never seen before from the Lotte Mart in Seoul station.
Sit down for a quick break doing what the Koreans love best- taking a quick relaxing dip for your feet in the Cheong-gye-cheon stream.
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