Namsan (South Mountain) and Seoul Tower, Seoul
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.
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.
Address: Namsan Park
Directions: look for Seoul Tower
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.)
Address: Namsan Park.
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.
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.
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.
Children (Ages 4-12): 3,000 won
Teens and Adults (Ages 13-64): 7,000 won
Senior (Ages 65+): 5,000 won
-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
Address: Namsan mountain
Directions: Take a bus, cable car or walk...
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.
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.
Address: Namsan Hill Park
Directions: Adjacent to Seoul 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.
Namsan is a great place to get some exercise, breath some fresh air and get great views of seoul... and it's right downtown. The Tower itself is at the top of the mountain. It is accesible by cablecar or by walking up. It has recently been renovated and has some yummy food and interesting souveniers to buy. If you are fortunate to grab a table on the terrace overlooking the south of the city, you can see the Han river and other attractions like the never ending apartments that continue for as far as the eye can see.
There are many "famous" donkass (port cutlet) restaurants around the entrance to the cable car... if you are looking for a nice way to walk down, choose one of the alleys around the donkass restaurants and follow the zigzags down to myungDong area.........
Directions: access is from myungdong, or chungmuro subway stations. There is also a number 2 yellow bus that circulates around that area that goes up to the tower.
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
Address: Seoul, Korea
Directions: Take a taxi or take subway to Myeongdong Station Line 4 Exit 3 with a 10-min walk to the cable car station.
The N Seoul Tower is open day and night but the view of the city below is more enchanting at night. We did not climb up as the line was too long (40 minute wait!) so we just contended ourselves with the view around the base which was just as good as we were told.
It's free to roam around the base but to go up the tower costs 7,000 for adults. Open 9 am - midnight.
Address: Namsan Hill
Directions: Take line 3 or 4 to Chungmoro station, go out through exit 4 and take the no. 2 bus.
Phone: 3455 9277
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.
The N Seoul Tower (236.7 m) is situated in the Namsan park, atop the Namsan mountain (243m) in the city centre of Seoul. It offers great panoramic views of the city, and has been a symbol of Seoul since it first opened to the public in 1980.
You can easily walk up to the tower on foot as there are wooden stairs all the way, and it takes only around 20 minutes.
An other option is to take the cable car which brings you directly in front of the tower, or a bus. The tourist busses are stopping close by.
Address: Namsan park, Seoul city centre
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.