Looking Down on the Whole of Seoul

    April 27, 2006 21:15

    Looking at city life from a distance can make even construction sites and traffic jams look beautiful. The Naksan Park in Changshin-dong, Seoul is a place where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the city and feel the cool breeze. That is the reason it has featured in many TV dramas, including “Lovers in Paris” and “Phoenix.”

    “The beacon does not shine on its base,” says the proverb, and few Seoulites have ever been up Mt. Naksan. “Naksan” means “camel,” perhaps because the mountain looked like a hump to our ancestors. On the top of the mountain, besides the park, there is the Seoul fortress, where the lovers in “Lovers in Paris” drank a soda on a brick bench. Location managers recommend enjoying the view from here, saying as night views go this is as good as Hong Kong.

    It is the only place where you can see the whole of Seoul, from COEX in Samseong-dong in the south to the Doota shopping mall in Dongdaemun, from the Samsung Tower and Kyobo Book Store in Jongno to the 63 Building in Yeouido. And you may feel as if you stood on a big green cloud when you look at the band of vegetation extending from Changgyeong Palace to Jongmyo, the royal shrine.

    Best of all, it’s easy to get to. When walking from Jongno1-ga to Dongdaemun, look left when you see the Dangdaemun Gate for a blue sign saying “Naksan Park 1.2 km.” Walk up along the fortress on your left to the top of the mountain. There is also a parking lot for those who are driving. If you think it is a little far to walk up to the top, you can take the No. 3 bus at a bus station near the Dongmyo Station of subway Line 6 or the Dongdaemun Station of subway Line 4.

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