|I took the subway from Hongik Univ Station to Sanseong Station, exit 2. |
The subway ride took 63mins...
Walk straight from exit 2 for about 2 mins and you will see a bus stop.
|Nothing. Public housings in other countries always catch my attention ㅎㅎㅎ|
|I got on bus no.9 at 11.14am.|
I used T money to pay for my bus fare.
Announcements on the names of the bus stops was only in Korean.
Fear not. Just alight at the last stop ^^
|This is the last stop for bus no. 9 - Namhansanseong bus stop.|
Easy to identify right?
I reached here at 11.44 am.
Getting here was easy but which direction to take from here??
|Seriously speaking, I really did not know which way to go to reach the fortress.|
There was nothing in the surrounding that resemble an entrance or gateway to the fortress.
|Not of much help to me cos I could not see the landmark that I know of or the gate(West Gate) that I wanted to go to..|
I will just follow my gut feel.
I crossed the road and turned right as shown.
|Pass by this roundabout.|
|Curious of what's in there but I did not went in to check out.|
I just want to see my fortress >-<
Upon turning right, I saw a lane ahead of me with some eateries alone both sides of the road. Oh! I saw "국청사 Gukcheongsa Temple"! That's the landmark I was looking for becos the gate is just behind the temple! Yay!! Another 800m to go 화이팅!!
|There was hardly anyone here.|
|Which way to go??|
Left or right??
I decided to turn right becos its heading upslope.
I just keep on walking straight until I saw the restroom. You may wish to use the restroom here before you continue hiking. I did not notice any restroom when I was at the fortress. It took me about 25 mins from the bus stop to reach here.
I think this is 국청사 Gukcheongsa Temple becos 國清寺 sounds like Gukcheongsa ㅎㅎㅎ
Please correct me if I am wrong.
|I did not visit the temple but took this stairway up.|
The stairway is next to the restroom.
|Only one route to take although I had no idea where I was heading to!!|
|I saw a ray of hope after walking for about 10-15mins ㅋㅋㅋ|
|Once again, which way should I go?|
I decided to go right.
Is that Seoul Tower from far?
|As I was taking pictures here, an elderly Korean man stood beside me and started talking to me in Korean. I shall address him as 할아버지. I did not have any idea what 할아버지 was talking about. I just smiled and acknowledged him.|
|Koreans can really picnic anywhere.|
I love the picnic culture in Korea but not under the hot sun like this ㅋㅋㅋ
|Yes. This is the North Gate.|
I am not sure how far we walked to reach here.
I don't feel there was a lot of walking done.
Maybe it took us about 20 mins to reach here???
|The man in blue is 할아버지 ^^|
He is already in his 70s and still walking very steadily.
|Back at the bus stop.|
|Waiting for bus no. 9|
|Bus no. 52 arrived.|
Strangely, most people waited for the bus at the parking lot instead of the bus stop.
|Hmmm....seems like bus no. 52 also go to Sanseong Station.|
Some Koreans asked the bus driver.
Not sure why nobody got onto this bus.
Maybe the departure time was not due yet?
|Bus no. 9 arrived shortly.|