Hanok is an architectural term describing Korean traditional houses, also referred as Chosun houses. Hanok is typically located with mountain in back, facing the water and north in direction. The pillars, rafters, doors, window frames, and floor are wooden, while the walls are a mixture of straw and dirt. The paper to cover the frames of doors and windows was made from tree pulp. As the building materials used are all natural, hanok houses have excellent breathability, perfect for escaping the summer heat. Whilst many hanoks were sadly destroyed in the 1970s, small clusters have still been retained in the larger cities of South Korea.
No landmark in Seoul is more iconic than the N Seoul Tower! Also sometimes known as Namsan Seoul Tower, it’s located at the top of Mount Namsan and offers an incredible panoramic view of the entire Seoul. Like the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, couples head to the tower to lock their “padlock of love” onto the railing and to dream that their love will last forever.
Right smack in the middle of Seoul is Mount Namsan and atop the mountain is is N Seoul Tower. Standing at 480m above sea level, this makes the tower the highest point of Seoul. Originally a broadcast tower used for sending out TV and radio signals back in 1969, it is now an attraction which boasts an unprecedented 360-degree view of Seoul.
One of the best places to visit in Seoul is Noryangjin Fish Market. It’s like an aquarium where we get to eat the exhibits. Unlike a lot of fish markets around the world, many of the fish are still alive in tanks. We order the live lobster, sea urchins, octopus and abalones from the wet market then headed to a nearby restaurant within the market to have it prepared for us for a small fees, we tried lobster, sea urchin and octopus sashimi.