Saturday, November 22, 2014

Seoul Tower and Christmas Shopping at Express Bus Terminal

A friend's sister, Marina, was in town for work and we decided to meet up. She really wanted to see Seoul Tower so we met early on Saturday and taxied over from her hotel near the Express Bus Terminal. It was just a little rainy. Katie told me that it's not great to visit Seoul Tower on a rainy day, but Marina and I threw caution to the wind and went anyway. Take that, Katie!

We paid $8 for a round trip ticket to the top on a gondola

view from the gondola

This is Seoul Tower
We went to the ticket counter and the woman tried to talk us out of buying a ticket. She kept saying that you really couldn't see anything today. Marina really wanted to go up and, aparently, on a day like today when you tell them you don't care what they say, you're going anyway, you get a ticket for today and one that's good for any time in the next 6 months.
We went inside, and stepped into the elevator. As we were going up, we were told to look up. There's a tv screen on the ceiling of the elevator that shows scenes as if you're blasting up to the top.

 OK, Katie and ticket lady, you were right....this is the view from the top.
 Or was that the view? Look at this picture of me in front of Seoul tower on a clear night:
 After not seeing Seoul from the top of Seoul Tower, we taxied back to the Express Bus Terminal. A very long time ago, my friend Joslyn told me about the Christmas shopping at Express Bus Terminal. Why haven't I gone sooner?!
It's on the 3rd floor. One half of the floor is a flower market, the other half is as if a craft fair and a Michael's store had a baby on Christmas.

flower market
 It has Christmas trees and ornaments:

 And cute Christmas decorations

And it's cheap! And it wasn't crowded! And it's huge! What?!

Here's what to do if you want to go: If you're leaving from the Suji, Bundang area, your best bet is taking the subway (this is very ironic, but there is not a bus that goes form Dongcheun-dong or Miegum to the Express Bus Terminal). Take the Shin Bundang line. The tricky thing is finding it when you get there. That station is HUGE. There are 3 lines that all cross. Find an elevator and take it up to the 3rd floor. (When I went today, we entered the building at street level-I don't know if I could find an elevator at the subway level because it's packed with stores, so if you're hopelessly lost, go out side of the building and go through the door that's directly across from the Shinsegae).

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