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A clear sky at N Seoul Tower

A clear sky at N Seoul Tower

It was a beautiful clear Sunday at N Seoul Tower, whose observatory is the highest spot in Seoul. Amidst the locks of love, lovebird chairs, and kitschy space-themed elevators, what I really enjoyed was the warriors at the base, wielding swords at a demonstration I happened to come across.

Old meets new. Again!

Old meets new. Again!

But yes, the view was great, too!

Seoul!

Seoul!

At the Teddy Bear Museum in N Seoul Tower, one can discover the history of Korea in the most adorable and saccharine way possible. Hundreds of teddy bears, with most being mechanical, are dressed and arranged to form scenes from Korea’s old and modern history. Bears in royal court! Bears at war! Bears playing polo! Bears doing breakdance! Bears going on a date! Bears getting married! Bears! Bears! Bears!

Some of my favorite scenes involve the arts and the sciences. Here’s one during with scientists during the reign of King Sejong.

scientists during King Sejong's reign

scientists during King Sejong’s reign

Here’s a scene that made me smile. Look on the lower right:

Someone's not doing what he's supposed to. Can you guess who?

Someone’s not doing what he’s supposed to. Can you guess who?

I love this little errant artist bear that could.

This bear made me laugh.

This bear made me laugh.

I also love this scene where the first light bulb was installed in Gyeongbukgung, which I visited last month:

The first electric light in Korea!

The first electric light in Korea!

Sweet, amusing, and way more entertaining than your usual history museum.