I hope you didn’t get overwhelmed with my 15 Best Things To Do in Seoul article. Actually, that was just a teaser. Seoul has a lot more tourist sites, attractions, festivities & activities, and I hope that through this blog I will be able to cover as much so I could share them to all of you and together we can discover how amazing Seoul and South Korea is. Today, we will talk about one of my favorite places in Seoul, Namsan Tower.
If Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Seoul has the Namsan Tower. Namsan Tower is one of the most distinctive landmarks of Seoul. It is a broadcasting tower that doubles as an observatory and tourist destination. It is easily recognizable from afar, as the N Tower sits on top of Namsan mountain, making it the 2nd highest point in Seoul, next to Lotte Tower.
I’ve been there a couple of times because of my friends and relatives who visited Seoul. I went there with my sister Razel, my cousin Bess, and friends Sheila, Kaye, and Ella.
I like going to this place even though it is a little bit touristy (meaning there are so many people who go there). There’s a bit of calmness when you are up there, despite the hordes of people coming in and out of Namsan Tower.
If you are fond of K-dramas, this site could be familiar to you. Popular k-dramas like My Love from Another Star, Legend of the Blue Sea and much more has shot scenes here and it’s not a surprise to find new dramas and shows filming here every now and then.
There are so many things to do in Namsan Tower:
Ride a cable car – There are many ways to go the top of Namsan Tower and main ones are by cable car and bus. Roundtrip ticket price for cable car is 8,500 won. The ride is less than 5 minutes and will take you to what I call the plaza. That’s where the love locks are located and will give you a stunning 360-Degree view of the city. It is also where you can find the entrance to the observatory to go up to the tower.
TIP: Taxi’s are not allowed to go up on the plaza and they can only take you either on the cable car platform or somewhere far from the top. So it’s best to either go up by cable car or bus.
Lovelocks – This is popular among lovers who visit Namsan Tower because it is believed that one can ensure their love for each other by putting a lock and wishing for your love to last and throwing away the key so no one can break it. Sounds like a K-drama, right? The locks have evolved from the simple ones to the most exaggerated! In the pic above, someone even used a lock usually used to lock bikes! We were joking that this lock is maybe for a whole family! Well, why not? Lol!
Catch a Koreanovela shooting… well, if there is one. We were just lucky to be there when there was like a show or shooting and we didn’t even know who the girl was. She’s probably a celebrity coz people were flocking to have a picture with her. Please let me know if you know her in the comments below.
Disclaimer: This blog does not guarantee that there will be a K-drama shooting in Namsan Tower when you go there. (Kalma lang mga beshies…)
Have a 360-degree view of the whole city of Seoul
You can go up to the observatory for a separate fee of 10,000 won and there you can enjoy the amazing 360-degree view of the city of Seoul! They have telescopes which can be used for 500 won.
They have a restaurant and a coffee shop, souvenir stores and candy shop in the observatory and wouldn’t be wonderful to pee with a view? Lol!
How To Get There:
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
– Take Namsan Tour Bus No. 02 and 05 at Exit 2 of Chungmuro Station (Subway Line 3 and 4) or
– Take Namsan Tour Bus No. 02, 03 and 05 at Exit 6 of Dongguk Univ. Station (Subway Line No. 3, Exit 6) or
– Take Namsan Tour Bus 05 at Exit 3 of Myeong-dong Station (Subway Line 4)
– Take Namsan Tour Bus 03 at Exit 2 of Hangangjin Station or Exit 4 of Itaewon Station(Subway Line No. 6)
By cable car:
From Myeongdong station, go to exit 4 and walk towards the Hoehyeon intersection. You will see the Shinsegae Department and look out to the left, you will see the elevator going up to the cable car platform.
Hours: 10AM to 11PM except for Saturday, when it is open until midnight
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