What's the first thing you see when entering Seoul?
Right, the city's landmark - Seoul Tower.
Located on top of Namsan, Seoul's little, 262 meter high inner city mountain, Seoul Tower is visible from almost everywhere... even or especially during night time.
Opened to the public in 1980, it thrones at an overvall height of 480m above sea level and includes an observation platform at 370 meters above nn as well as a revolving restaurant.
Namsan Tower underwent a major renovation and re-opened to the public on December 9, 2005 as N Seoul Tower. The place looks really great now and includes several levels with various places to drink, eat, shop or simply look around:
- Olive Young (supermarket / convenience store)
- Coffee Shop
- Eatery with indoor and outdoor seating
- Food Court
- Gift Shop
- Ticket Counter
- Viewing Platform
- Restaurant (relatively inexpensive with great view)
- Elevator Entrance
- Tous Les Jour (bakery)
- Ticket Counter
- Exhibition Area
(360m altitude, reached by express elevator)
1/F : Hancook Restaurant
2/F : Sky Cafe
3/F : Observatory platform
4/F : Observatory platform
5/F : N Grill by Vips (revolving restaurant)
Be sure to have a splendid view all across Seoul... provided the weather is not too misty.
The observatory opens from 10.00am to 11.00pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)!
The shops close at around 10.00pm.
Namsan (남산) is a must-see in Seoul because of its convenient location near city center as well as its scenic vistas. At the top of Namsan, Seoul Tower (서울타워) sits perched over Seoul. Take the elevator to the top of the tower for breathtaking views of Seoul and dinner at the revolving restaurant. Also at the base of the tower are a few restaurants & souvenir stands & replicas of the Chosun-era signal fire posts that were used for long-distance signaling (called Bongsoodae). There is also a huge octagonal pavilion called Palgakjeong, built in the traditional style.
Besides the attractions at the peak, several areas around the base of the mountain have other historic sites and entertainment venues. The Hwehyun District of Namsan is near Seoul Station & contains numerous monuments, a library, a small zoo, & an observatory. The Hannam District near Yongsan & the Itaewon Hyatt have some small sports areas & botanical gardens. Namsan's Yedang District is next to Myeongdong and is the base of the cable car, as well as the village of traditional houses. The Jangchoong District, to the northeast of the peak has the National Theater & numerous large sporting venues.
Namsan's peak is 262 meters above sea level, and the Seoul Tower stands 237 meters tall from base to tip. Namsan has been a historically significant location in Korea from 1394 when the Korean capital was moved to Seoul. For centuries the mountain had a religious shine, but it was destroyed by the Japanese in 1925. They also built the Namsan road and developed the mountain with various administrative buildings. From 1991 to 1998 the Korean government restored the Namsan by removing these buildings.
For a good view of the city center, take the Namsan Cable Car up or down the mountain. The lower end of the cable car sits near Myeongdong and the entrance to the 3rd Namsan Tunnel.
Read about Seoul Tower's Recent Renovations (8 December 2005)
Going to Namsan & Seoul Tower, it is better to take cable car up & take the bus down. Buses are a lot cheaper than the cable car. There's nothing special about the cable car with plenty of people jampack inside standing for a very short ride costing 7500 won roundtrip. Not really worth it. Taking the bus will get you direct to Myeongdong or Itaewon which is perfect after dark. If taking the cable car down, you will still have to take a cab to Myeongdong coz it's a far walk. It's very cold at the tower base so better take a jacket with you. You can still see the city without going up the tower coz there's an observation deck at the base. Plenty of food shops selling ice cream, coffee, snacks etc...
Cable Car 10AM-9PM
Namsan/ seoul tower can only be reached by public transport - there is a ban on private cars going up this hill.
Try to go in the evening / night where the seoul tower is lighted up. The view is beautiful and there's a sense of romanticism. Why? First off, there is the fence, where couples clicked a padlock onto it, and then throw away the key to declare their love for each other (like they are 'chained' to each other kind of concept). The gift shop there even sells the padlocks.
There's a teddy bear shop for cute presents, and the outdoor screen accepts requests by phone sms, where your message is broadcasted on the screen (how nice for a proposal!). There is also a pavilion and also quirky sculptures on wires in the air. And all these at the base of the seoul tower. Of course, you can also pay the admission fee to enter the tower and go up to its observatory.
I went in the early spring at night, it was really beautiful and had a wistful feel.
Fabulous views of Seoul. I didn't ascend it until my last day but I am sorry I didn't do it first. I think it is the best thing in Seoul. There is a cable car to the top of the mountain. There are great views before you even go to the top of the tower.
It took me a while to eventually get here... Wanted to go on a clear day, and those don't happen too often.
Wait for a sunny day to go, after it rains good. Otherwise you won't see anything except smog...
Namsan mountain is 'Korean Historic Site #10'. The fortress wall was built in 1396, to surround 'Hanyang' (original name of Seoul). It was added to in 1422 and 1704. the fortress wall was about 18km in circumference and 12m in height. Each part of the fortress wall built successively differ from one another in building methods and stone shapes, showing how the technical procedures used in their construction changed with the times.
With the modern urbanization that came with the Japanese colonization, the fortress wall and gates were badly damaged. However, efforts to recover their original forms have continued since the liberation in 1945.
The observation tower offers a good 360° view of Seoul on a clear day.
Admition to the observation deck is 7,000 won, cheaper for kids. There is also a rotating restaurant at the top of the tower, that you can eat an overpriced meal at.
Go to the viewing terrace at seoul tower .what they do here is.. yo u come here with your darling.. buy two locks. write your name on it.. lock the locks together and throw away the keys.Cannot under stand the Significance.
Seoul Tower is a communication tower located Seoul, South Korea. Built in 1969, and opened to the public in 1980, the tower measures 236.7 m (777 ft) in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level. In the past it was called Namsan Tower and Seoul Tower. After the tower's original owner merged with CJ group, it was renamed the N Seoul Tower (official name CJ Seoul Tower).
Most visitors ride the Namsan cable car up the mountain, and then walk to the tower. The tower features a gift shop and restaurants on the ground floor. Visitors may go up the tower for a fee. There are four observation decks (the 4th observation deck, which is the revolving restaurant, rotates at a rate of one revolution every 48 minutes), as well as gift shops and two restaurants. It is a popular place to go on clear days to see most of Seoul. Fasteners Used were bolts and other materials.
Close to N Seoul Tower, there is a second smaller transmission tower, which is built as lattice tower
This village has restored five traditional Korean houses. You will see five traditional houses. These houses model traditional houses of Joseon dynasty. The houses belong to various social ranks of the society from the common peasant to the king. Furniture is displayed inside to help you to understand their daily lives. It includes a large common area where you play a traditional game. The Exhibition Hall holds traditional handicrafts produced by artists who have been designated as "Human Cultural Property" by the government. It was built from Dec. 28, 1993 - Dec. 31, 1997.
Seoul Tower is the first attraction of its kind in South Korea, aka N Seoul Tower, it is a communication tower. Built in 1969, and opened to the public in 1980, the tower measures 236.7 m (777 ft) in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level. In the past it was called Namsan Tower and Seoul Tower. After the tower's original owner merged with CJ group, it was renamed the N Seoul Tower (official name CJ Seoul Tower).
Seoul Tower is equipped with 2~3 stories of observatories and two revolving restaurants with a 360-degree view on the first and fifth floors. The restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees about once an hour, offering leisurely diners incredible views of almost all of downtown Seoul.
Admission: 1,000~7,000 won
Near to Seoul-Tower, in Namsan Hill Park you will find the ancient fortress wall.The mountain and surrounding area is a public park maintained by the city government. It is a popular spot for a panoramic view of Seoul.Once it was a location of a signal station called Mongmyeoksan Bongsudae' (Mongmyeoksan Beacon Tower), which was part of an emergency communication system during early times until 1895.
There are ceremonial guards in historic costumes infront of the Fortress.
Aside from the very commercial Seoul Tower, the more historic feature of Namsan is the ancient signal system that served as the central point of the entire Korean kingdom, using smoke during the day and fire at night. There were similar signal towers dotting the entire Korean peninsula. This was way before the advent of the telegraph or radio communciations. I was fortunate to view the ceremony at around 12 noon.
better photos coming soon. This is a great place for great views over Seoul - there are buses that bring you up the steep hill to a point where you must then walk about another 5 or 10 minutes of even steeper but tar seal road or - as I was in a hurry I caught a taxi up.
The tower wasnt opening until 11am and so I couldnt wait until then but I had great views from the platforms that are there around the base of the tower.
Getting back down there is a gondola which is also pretty cheap which after a few minutes of steps downwards to get to the gondola station departs for a 5 min ride over NamSan area arriving just a few minutes walk above the excellent NamDaeMun markets and the Great South Gate.
Namsan is a very beautiful hill park, on the top of which is located the Seoul Tower. You can see the nature and a relax there. People pet dogs, ride bicycles, or jog on the trail. It would be great if you had time to walk up to the hill (about 200m).
On your way to the cable car station or beginning of trek to Nansam, you'd pass by many theme museums. Enroute, you'd come face to face with streams of joggers that do not seem to end.
The Koreans are real fit - steps to peak is a real killer but I don't see any locals sweating and panting more than me. Near the peak is a view point with refreshing wind and aerial view of the city.
Nansam tower also provides some good, unobstructed views of the city. You can grab some souvenirs or take photos with some of the interesting structures around the peak. There's this souvenir shop where you can take a picture of yourself superimposed on some cartoon background. I took one of myself standing along a path with lions in the background and bemused myself for quite a while with the picture.