Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea is one of the most popular icons of Seoul city that tourist should not miss. It’s a public place but maintained well and is very clean. Tourists can stay there as long as they want to sit and relax if need to escape from hustle and bustle of the city, without any entrance fee. Cheonggyecheon Stream’s natural beauty was the main reason that attract me the most to visit Seoul city.I could not get enough with the beauty of this place until I came here twice, in the morning and came back here again at night and it’s very safe. The luminous waterfall display at night is super gorgeous. Spare some time here is a must.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea in the morning

On the way to Cheonggyecheon Stream while I was taking a subway, an elderly man started a conversation with me.Let’s called him grandpa. This grandpa was very  interested to chit chat with a tourist, especially when he found out I am not a local. He explained to me that the priority seats at the Seoul subway train is for the elders (the reserved seats can be found at the ends of each subway train), then for pregnant women there are special seats marked in pink color, located next to the doors (pregnant woman also can wear a pregnant name tag with cute picture).Almost all subway stations have elevators for the senior citizens and wheelchair lifts for users who have disability.

Take the stairs down to Cheonggyecheon Stream from Ogansugyo Bridge

Take the stairs down to Cheonggyecheon Stream from Ogansugyo Bridge

Then he told many passengers nearby which were also old people that very curious with a foreigner. He was the only one who spoke English well and the others could not understand.They asked me in Korean language then this grandpa translate it into English to me. This group of old men and women really excited to help me to get off at the right subway station and afraid that I might get lost boarded the wrong subway station.

Cheonggyecheon Stream at night

Cheonggyecheon Stream at night

I could not stand it and felt shy with their warm attention at me as they kept giving advise for me, I hurry up got off at nearest station. They told me that it was still quite far from Cheonggyecheon stream. I told them that it was fine, I could enjoy the beautiful scenery while walking to the stream and thanked them for their good intention.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Waterfall

Cheonggyecheon Stream Waterfall

Cheonggyecheon River Walk

After took an exit from subway station, I walked slowly to Cheonggyecheon stream. It was very serene along the way and the wind blew against my face.I could also feel the wind in my hair whispering. The serenity was unbeatable here with the little waterfalls. This spot might be a good choice for first date.So, don’t be surprised if you see many couples in love here as Cheonggyecheon Stream is a scenic romantic place. There is one scene from Korean drama titled “Lie to Me” by Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan that was shot in here.(。♥‿  ♥。)

Besides well known for its beauty for couples, Cheonggyecheon Stream also popular as tourist destination spot for worldwide visitors. I saw so many foreign tourists here that day. Cheonggyecheon Stream also helps to provide flood protection,reduces the heat and air pollution, increase number of business and price of properties nearby.

Cheonggye Plaza is behind this icon

Cheonggye Plaza

The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza and flowing west to east through downtown Seoul. This area has been designated as a vehicle-free zone on holidays from Seoul Government.During the end of April month until the beginning of May, visitors can enjoy exhibitions of traditional lanterns on display for a ten-day period (The Lotus Lantern Festival) to celebrate the birth of Buddha with the bright charming lanterns.This event is very massive with such crowded participants from foreigners worldwide.The lanterns display is absolutely gorgeous.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Subway

To reach to Cheonggyecheon Stream, just go by subway to Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5),then find Exit number 5 then short walk around 5 minutes.
Another way to go there is by subway to City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) then go for Exit #4 then walk for around 6 min.

Namsan Park Seoul Tower

Namsan Park Seoul is also called as Namsan Seoul Tower or N Seoul Tower. Namsan Park is a really nice resting site to have peaceful quiet time.

Namsan Park Seoul

Namsan Park Seoul

The hardest moment from exploring the beautiful Seoul city could be my experience at Namsan Park. Why? Well, because at that day, my ankle and knee were in great pain every time I moved them around. Did I sprain them accidentally? Perhaps..

I walked like an old person who needed a stick. Thank God that Seoul people did not knock me down as cannot be patient with me who walked too slow at subway station stairs. ಥ_ಥ

How To Go To Namsan Park?

Namsan Park Map from Subway Exit

After getting off from Hoehyeon Station exit 4 (Seoul Subway line 4) , I was lost in direction whether to walk forward or backward as there was no sign at street. So, I try my luck and walked forward.

After a while, I still saw nothing so I went back and walked in opposite direction. Well, after walked for 15 minutes, I still could not find the Namsan Park.Then I headed back to the subway station exit.  ┐(‘~`;)┌

As my stomach was hungry already, I decided to pop in the tiny local restaurant run by a little family located right in front of the subway exit.

Local small restaurant

Local small restaurant

Food price range between 3500-6500 Won. If you having difficulty what to order as all menu in Korean language, just point out the food pictures in front of the restaurant to the waiter as all written the price already.

Inside the Restaurant

Inside the Restaurant

The food here tasted like mom’s cooking with home made recipe. Simple and affordable. I ordered one spicy noodle and one spicy Tteokbokki. Nothing to complain from the price and cozy place. They also served free pickled fruit and kimchi as side dish as you can see from picture below. Drinking water is free here, guest can refill as many time as they want. How amazing was that? Delicious food with great price and nice eating place. \( ̄▽ ̄;)/

Spicy noodle and spicy Tteokbokki

Spicy noodle and spicy Tteokbokki

One thing that I fancy about Korean eating place is the little secret hidden in the left side of the table which has drawer to keep spoon and fork or chopsticks that guest can pull out so it really saving unnecessarily space.

Drawer at the left side of table

Drawer at the left side of table

After having my meal, I continued to walk forward from subway exit to search for Namsan Park.On my way there, I asked a local Korean uncle who was with his wife and two cute little kids. He was very kind. He stopped to help me and asked his wife and kids to wait there and get his smart phone out to try search using map in Korean and told me which way to go. I thanked him and continued my journey.

Namsan Park Seoul

After awhile, I saw a bridge above from main road which has many tourist buses stopped there. In my mind, I has this thought that it must be headed to a sightseeing place which might be Namsan Park so I didn’t wait much longer and climb the little stairs directly. Well, my guessing was correct, finally I found Namsan Park.

Sign of Namsan Park at front entrance

Sign of Namsan Park at front entrance

The hardest thing to explore the gorgeous Namsan Park was because the layout of Namsan Park with so many rock stairs to the top of Namsan Mountain. I was so upset with myself why I was not in fit condition when I reached there.

The Endless Rock Stairs Namsan Park (>.<)

The Endless Rock Stairs Namsan Park (>.<)

There is a cable car service to the top which cost 6,000 Won(one way) for an adult and 3,500 Won(one way) for kid but I decided not to take it. For round trip, the cost is 8,000 Won (adults) and 5,000 Won (kid)

I ended up hiking the stairway path step by step to reach the top of hill. That was pretty ridiculous but then I realized I did not regret it when I saw the excellent view at the peak. The sunset was so amazing and the air was so fresh.I took a deep breathe several times. I fell in love at first sight with the spectacular view of Namsan Park and it has a special place in my heart.   ♪☆v(⌒o⌒)v♪

N Seoul Tower far away at the top of Namsan Mountain

N Seoul Tower far away at the top of Namsan Mountain

As a historical site, Namsan Park also has Namsan library up here. The library is quite huge but I did not go inside and I forgot to take the picture of Namsan library when I walked passed it. ZZzzzz (~ ̄▽ ̄)~

Namsan Park Attraction

There are many attractions that visitors can enjoy at Namsan Park Seoul such as:

1. At the top of Namsan Mountain, tourist can visit Palgakjeong Pavilion (Octagonal Pavilion) which offers absolutely beautiful sightseeing.

2. Couples in love can enjoy memorable moment at Seoul Tower Locks of Love by putting on the padlock to the wall to keep their love eternal (visitor can bring own padlock from home or buy at there). Or checkout the Seoul Tower Observatory which cost 9,000 Won for each person.

Or if not, couples can also try having romantic dinner at tower rotating restaurant which offer fantastic view. Anyone who on honeymoon may consider idea to go here. (✿ ♥‿  ♥)

3. Visitors also can walk or sit around Maritime Aquarium and water fountain.

4. Best place to witness cherry blossom scenery (during spring season)

5. Having a historical experience at An Jung geun Memorial Hall, Namsan Library, or the Hanbok culture center there

6. Taking photograph at the historical Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site

Besides travelers worldwide, there are also many locals who bring their babies strollers or accompanied by pets to have afternoon stroll here.

Namsan Park is open all year round but for Seoul Tower cable car and observatory, the service is closed at 23:00 p.m at night.

Directions getting here: Besides from Hoehyeon Station on Seoul Subway Line 4, visitor can also take Seoul Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station exit Number 2 or number 3 / take Seoul Subway Line 6 to Hangangjin Station exit number 2 then getting on bus number 0014

First Time Arriving at Incheon Airport

After the airplane was landed at Incheon International Airport, I proceed directly to Seoul airport transfer from international arrivals to get to departure hall.

My arrival time at Seoul Airport was a little bit late from the schedule, and I was getting hungry so I tried to find some meals and found Krispy Kreme at the arrival.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee

After take a look of the Krispy Kreme menu, I decide to bought sugar and chocolate filling doughnuts. The chocolate doughnuts tasted yummy. The texture were soft and fluffy. It was not too sweet and has balance crunchy.

Granulated Glaze Sugar Doughnuts

Where to buy a sim card at Korea Airport?

Well, I headed to CU mini-market to buy sim card. At first, the kind young pretty lady that able to speaks good English help me to activate the messaging data planning but my sim mobile still cannot make a phone call.

After I told her, she helped me by calling to the travel sim cards call center to follow the instructions how to activate phone calling. After I waited for an hour sitting at bench in front of the CU Convenience Store, finally my sim card was able to make a phone call.

M Mobile Sim Card

I really thanked her and appreciate her help. She said it was okay and she was glad that she could help. How sweet she was. I am thankful to God that I met good people in the beginning of my trip to Korea. The phone card cost was almost the same with the price of Singapore sim card.

Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018

At the Seoul South Korea Airport, thare were something that very eyes-cathing that was The 2018 Winter Olympics or PyeongChang 2018 will be held soon so there was a special promotion zones which were designed to introduce PyeongChang 2018 set up at Incheon Korea that I could see upon my flight arrivals. I managed to take several pictures but couldn’t get any closer as it was too crowded with may people having photographs there with couple or kids.

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic at Icn Korea Airport

Purchase Tmoney Card

Before leaving Incheon International Airport, I searched for Seoul subway card which has important rule for transportation.

I purchased the TMoney cute card with design of famous Line Friends that can be used for bus,metro,taxi,Seoul City Tour Bus,Train,Toll and also to buy things from many Convenience Store such as CU, GS25, 7Eleven, Mini Stop, With Me and 365Plus.

T-Money Card

The TMoney card has similar usage such as EZLink Card at Singapore, Octopus Card at HongKong or Pasmo Card at Tokyo. I really like the design of the Tmoney card as it was really cute.

Incheon Airport Transportation

Airport transfer to Seoul city is very convenient with Arex Seoul. It was an express train which directly go to the city. And cost around 8000-10000 won per person.But because of I was very tired at that time, I decided not to take Arex Seoul.

Incheon Airport Bus

For Airport Transportation from Seoul Airport to my stay in the city, I took Airport Limousine Bus which was right on time, fast, clean and very convenient which stop directly in front of my stay. The bus ticket cost 14000 Won. It was a little bit expensive compare to Arex Seoul train but it worth the trip.

Bus Ticket from Incheon Airport

Bus Ticket from Incheon Airport

The driver (a young man who wore glasses) was very kind, he helped people to carry out heavy baggages and make sure nobody miss the bus stop by screaming all the bus stop names several times over and over again.

What a great service!!! ^_^

My bus ticket has a face of my K-pop idol: G-Dragon from Big Bang Boyband.Arrrghhh!!!Oppa.(づ。◕‿‿ ◕。)づ

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