The fifth day of my Korea trip was a trip visiting Hanok Village, Namsan Tower, and Teddy Bear Museum. Hanok Village is a village of Korean traditional house located at the northern foot of Namsan. The houses were arranged not only the exterior but also the interior, we could see the traditional life from those houses. There was also craft making in the village, like making the traditional sandals. There were also some traditional games and we could play with those games. We could also experience some traditions of Korea like wearing hanbok and writing Korean writings. We went to the hanbok wearing room and tried on hanbok by paying 3000 Won. We could choose which hanbok we wanted to wear. So we chose the clothes of king, queen, princess, guard. It was fun to try on hanbok and then take some pictures. The accessories of hanbok provided here were more complete, there were wigs for the queen and princess, and also sword for the guard. We spent quite some time in this hanbok wearing room.
From Hanok Village, we went to Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower). We had to take cable car to reach the Namsan Tower because it was located at higher place. In the N Seoul Tower area, there were fences where people put a lot of locks on them. The locks were usually put by couples as a symbol of their love. There were locks which had already been put there for several years and some people even used locks with different and odd shapes.
In the tower area, there was also Teddy Bear Museum. Everything displayed in the museum was teddy bear. Bear was said as a symbol of Korea, so in the museum, the Korean people were represented with bears. Teddy Bear Museum was divided into two exhibition halls, the hall of historical Seoul and the hall of today’s Seoul. There were exhibitions of the plain people life in the past, the life of the king, the life of the ministers, the period when Western people started to go to Korea, and until the life of present Korea people. The bears were not static, but they could move with some simple and repeated movement indicating what they were doing.
There was some illumination of N Seoul Tower at 7 pm. So, we watched it before entering the tower. The light was focused on the wall of the tower and the floor in front of the tower. After watching the illumination, we went up to the tower. From the tower, we could see the night view of Seoul. On the glass of the tower, there were writings showing which city in the world which was located at that direction and its distance from the Seoul Tower.
Then we finally went to the airport to go back to Tokyo the next day. In the Incheon Airport, there was Korean tradition experiencing lounges for foreigners. In the airport, we tried on hanbok once again. So we tried hanbok for a total of 3 times, even before trying on kimono :D.
It was cold in Tokyo, and we were welcomed by snow in Tokyo.