Asia,  South Korea

Seoul Searching: Namsan Seoul Tower

Viewable from almost anywhere in Seoul, this tower serves as a great landmark. Famous for its locks of love, it’s a must go place for everyone visiting Seoul.

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This tower offers panoramic but hazy views of the whole city, a cosmic metropolis built after the war. This iconic tower stands 237m, not too tall compared to other iconic towers from all over the world but Seoul Tower has its own personality which makes it worth the visit.

 

Getting There

Cars and taxis are not allowed to enter the premise, so you can either walk up to the base of the tower (which I saw a lot of people doing that) or you can take the cable car from Myeongdong Station (Line 4) and take the exit 3. Roundtrip ticket is ₩6,300 and one-way ticket is ₩4,800. The cable car operates from 10am – 10.30pm daily.

You can also take a yellow bus at Chungmuro station (Line 3 or 4) or at Dongguk University station (Line 3), which will take you to the parking lot of the tower. The bus runs regularly for ₩550 each way. It takes less than half an hour to reach there.

 

The View

The Seoul Tower is one of Seoul’s most iconic and recognisable symbols which offers remarkable and stunning views from up the hill. Going there in the Winter gives you an excitement of discolouration; although it’s bleak, the bare trees covered with a light dusting of snow give a strange kind of joyful feelings to everyone.

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It’s much more colder here compared to other places in the city. It started snowing when I reached there, but not too heavy so it was still bearable.

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Seoul is a wonderful city and it stretches far and wide, you can witness the greatness of the city from the tower. I’ve been to Taipei 101, Eiffel Tower and Petronas Twin Tower, although this tower doesn’t scream opulence, it offers simplicity and several vantage points from which to view the city from above.

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I paid ₩9,000 to get into the tower’s observatory deck. Quite pricy for a small tower like this I must say (though I paid double for Taipei 101, it offers much more information and views).

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The deck is pretty small, offering 360 degree view of Seoul with souvenir shop and audio information provided for tourists.

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Although it was a bit hazy but I could still catch a glimpse of what Seoul looks like and what’s around it.

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I didn’t spend that long in the tower because it was too packed and it got a little claustrophobic for me and it was actually much more nicer to be outside.

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In Short…

I would definitely suggest this place as you’ll miss out a chunk of Seoul if you skip this. However, going up to the observatory deck is not necessary as you can see the view of Seoul from the base but if you plan to dine there, why not. I heard the restaurant is pretty good. I didn’t try it out because I had other dinner plan that night but trust me, if I ever visit Seoul again (which I will!), I will definitely go here again just to exude in its beauty.

10897026_770004706416717_785396456965245906_nSee you again Namsan Seoul Tower!

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