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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul
"You will start your night shopping tour when you are picked up at your hotel and go to the Myeongdong Fashion Street. The Myeongdong Fashion Street is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million s Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea’s tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics economy and culture.After seeing the Myeongdong area you will check out the Dongdaemun Doota Shopping Mall which is a fashion mall full of trendy fashion items. There are 540 stores throughout the 8-story building including designer shops select shops
From $90.00
 
Korean Demilitarized Zone and Dragon Hill Spa Tour
"Hotel pickup for this tour will be at 8 or 8:40am in Seoul. From there you will head to Imjingak Pavilion located at 50km northwest of Seoul. This pavillion was built for 5 million people who had lost their homes. Major facilities include the North Hall where you can get a view of the North Korean lifestyle.After the Imjingak you will head to the DMZ a demilitarized zone formed after the Korean War between South and North Korea. It is 2km wide in the North and 4km wide in the South based on the truce line crossing the Korean Peninsula. Visitors can see that the DMZ area’s ecosystem has been preserved you will go to the third infiltration tunnel which was discovered in October 1978. This tour will show you through the 3rd underground tunnel that North Korea which has been continuously provoking the South since the armistice
From $160.00
 
Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour
"Experience both the urban modernity and historic traces of Seoul on a three-hour walking tour. Meet your local guide and head to Bukchon Hanok village a residential area dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The village is lined with hundreds of hanoks (traditional Korean houses). Walk along the quiet alleys and admire the latticed windows and patterned brick walls. Today many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers restaurants and tea houses providing an opportunity to become immersed in traditional Korean culture.Next visit the Tteok Museum a unique museum detailing the history
From $52.00

Namsan (South Mountain) and Seoul Tower Tips (68)

Seoul Tower

Well, what can I say, I think anyone who goes to Seoul should visit the Seoul Tower. And, we did, too! So, here is my write up...

I'll start with the locks. Without really knowing but it seemed obvious that people come here and attach a lock to the fence at one of the viewing decks to profess "forever love". The locks had writing on them with hearts and the word love. Mostly, written in Korean script but some written in English. The year was written on some of the locks. Usually, two locks intertwined and then locked to the fence. Others put several locks to form a shape of a heart onto the fence. I wish I had known in advance about the locks. Would have loved to bring my own lock and also attach it to the fence.

My boyfriend and I had already spent most of the day walking and walking and walking. My legs were hurting and tired. We still had plenty of daylight and suggested we go to the tower. We opted to have a taxi take us up from our hotel. The tower looked so close by but it took us about 20 minutes to get there. The taxi whirled around the entire base of the mountain until we came upon an entrance. We then proceeded up a steep road up to the tower. Oh my gosh, I'm glad we didn't try to climb up this path! And, a long path it was. The taxi took us as far as it could go - even paying for some type of toll half way up. So, our cost was something like 7,000 WON about US$7. We had to do a little bit of walking up the steep path to finally get to the tower.

We spent about an hour there. We enjoyed the views even though it wasn't that clear of a day. Decided we would take the cable car down the mountain. But then we proceeded to walk back to the hotel which was probably another 25 minutes of walking but at least it was down hill. Boy, I'm getting tired just thinking about this all over again! Ugh!

There is a rotating restaurant at the top of the Seoul tower. We didn't go to the restaurant but the website has more information on this.

See my travelogue album on views from the Seoul Tower.

You gotta go see the tower at least once if you visit Seoul!

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GracesTrips
Mar 28, 2015

Seoul Tower

Viewable from almost anywhere in Seoul, Seoul Tower serves as an excellent landmark.

Built on a 262 meter peak in Namsan Park, the tower reaches to 480 meters above sea level.

When the weather and pollution levels cooperate, visiting the observation tower (370 meters above sea level) allows you to view the entire city and surrounding areas.

Because of the vistas, many people enjoy climbing up here for early morning exercise or for a romantic stroll after dark.

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imstress
Feb 25, 2005

up the Namsan hill to the TV tower - great views!

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.

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angiebabe
Jan 13, 2008

Great View of the City

The best place to go to have a great view of the city is the Namsam Seoul Tower. So you better be prepared to bring your camera or camcorder. The tower is separated into two sections: top (actually it is located in the middle of the tower) and plaza. At the highest floor of the tower (T5) is a revolving restaurant, "N Grill"; but you will have to be willing to pay big bucks for a meal. Below it however, at T3, is the observatory and from there, you will already get a 360 degree view of the city. On the descending floor, T2, is a cafe and gift shop. Don't forget to try the toilet located on this floor, because it also has a fantastic view. Finally, on the lowest floor of the top portion, T1, is a Korean restaurant, Hancook, but this does not revolve.

At the first floor of the plaza, is where you buy your tickets and where you take the elevator to the top portion. You can avail of a package wherein you pay also for a set meal at Hancook. If you are on a budget, you can just take your meal or snacks at the food court, which is also located at the first floor of the plaza. The second floor, on the other hand, has an observation deck, although the view is just of one side of the city. An Italian restuarant, Sweetree, is also located at the second floor of the plaza.

To get to the tower, you can either take a cable car or the yellow bus 2. Private cars are no longer allowed to the area around the tower. On the other hand, you can also walk, although you will have to be fit because it is an upward climb.

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Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Namsan Park

Namsan (South Hill) once marked the southern edge of Seoul many generations ago.

Nowadays, it stands in the center of the sprawling city, surrounded by the major shopping districts of Namdaemun, Myongdong, and Itaewon.

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imstress
Mar 28, 2005

The Seoul Tower: "An amazing view"

The Seoul Tower is located in Namsan Park. The tower is more than 450 meters above sea level. After viewing the city from the top of the tower, take a relaxing cable car ride back to the ground. There are Korean restaurants at both ends of the cable car.

Hours: 9:30-23:30 (9:30-22:30, Nov.-Feb.)

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Outbound88
Aug 24, 2005

Namsan tower & Fortress Wall

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.

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schwein
Aug 16, 2009

Climb Namsan and Seoul Tower

If you are lucky enough to be in Seoul on a clear day (and that will take some luck) don't hesitate! Immediately head up to the top of Namsan and then ascend Seoul Tower. You get great views of the city from here in all directions. There is no better place to get a sense of the size of Seoul.
By the way, you don't have to walk the whole way. There is a gondola on the north side of Namsan (Chungmuro area) that will take you to the top for a fee.

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Aug 14, 2004
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A night at Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is a communication tower located on top of Namsan Mountain. It measures 236.7 m (777 ft) in height (from the base) and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level. The view of Seoul from the tower is superb esp on a clear day. Observatory tickets and package tickets are on sale at the ticket booth outside the tower.

Admission fees:
Children (Ages 4-12): 3,000 won
Teens and Adults (Ages 13-64): 7,000 won
Senior (Ages 65+): 5,000 won

Some tips:
-For a great night view and an unforgettable memory, visit N Seoul Tower between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m during their fantastic illumination show. The show takes place on the hour.
-You can still enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul without paying a fee at: the Glass Terrace (P1), the Roof Terrace (P2), or in the lobby.
-Dine at the N Grill restaurant and admission to the observatory is free

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mitchimitch
Apr 04, 2011

Namsan's view

It's well worth spending the 7,000 KRW to go up and pay a visit to the observation deck. However, if you are short on budget, you can simply enjoy an almost as stunning view from the tower's first floor as well as from the new viewing platform or the restaurant on the second floor.

However, if you decide to go up and catch a glimpse of Seoul from high above, the impressions will surely last a lifetime. Beware of the "Shocking Edge", the near free-fall experience... ;-)

The Observatory Gallery consists of 5 floors:
1/F : Hancook Restaurant
2/F : Sky Cafe
3/F : Observatory platform
4/F : Observatory platform
5/F : N Grill by Vips (revolving restaurant)

The picture shows the view towards South from the tower's first floor.
The huge black building in the middle is the Grand Hyatt Hotel, one of the best but also most expensive places to stay in Seoul.

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Vita500
Apr 04, 2011

Visit the Ancient Seoul Fortress Wall

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.

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WStat
Apr 21, 2008

Hike or Cable Car to Nansam Tower

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.

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Mar 12, 2007

Things to Do Near Seoul

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Cheong Gye Cheon - Man Made Stream

Cheonggyecheon steam is a nice place to escape a busy Seoul lifestyle. In fact, steam is located just in the centre but somehow you don't feel like you are in the centre. Magic There are many small...
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Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

At first there is no "entrance fee" completely open to public for free. In this village displays various household goods and furniture arranged in accordance with the times of which they were a part....
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Heunginjimun Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate

Dongdaemun is known for its shopping area, a place for a cheap clothing items in Korea. But actually means Great East Gate. This is more commonly called Dongdaemun Gate, first built in 1398. This was...
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Dongdaemun Market

I visited this night market during my last night in Seoul. I was not impresed as it was mainly a clothes market. The area though is great to walk around in the evening as it is surrounded by the big...
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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

This is a crowded city centre park. Not so green, but with some interesting historical sites. Tapgol Park is built on the former site of Wongak Temple which was destroyed at a time when Buddhism was...
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Ongo-food Communication,- Day Tours

Why not take a cooking class? Learn to cook a Korean dish. That's what I did when I visited Seoul! It's a fun experience and something that you can bring home with you (new cooking skills) to enjoy...
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