Namsan Tower or also known as Seoul Tower, is the iconic broadcasting station that lies atop Namsan mountain that is situated in the middle of Seoul Tower. It has now become a part of Seoul’s landscape and a major tourist attraction. The main feature of the tower are its 360 degree views of the city, so it’s best to go up on clear days.
You can reach the tower by 3 different ways.
The Seoul N Bus:
You can catch this bus at the foot of the mountain in the busy district if Myeongdong. The bus is free as well. The bus stops lie in front of the Shinsegae in Myeongdong and at the station exits by the Migliori.
The cable car:
I took the cable car the first time I went up. The easiest route to the cable car to exit Myeongdong station at exit 4, 3 or 2, and walk towards the Shinsegae Department building. Right across you will see steps leading up to the cable car to go up to the tower. You can use your T-money card to pay for it too.
I used to live in HBC, an area right at the foot of Namsan mountain. I decided one beautiful Spring day to walk up the mountain to the tower. The walk isn’t a serious hike up, in fact you can do it will just regular sneakers or trainers. The walkways is all paved and there are steps going up. Plenty of place to relax and good bathroom facilities. It offers awesome views too!
At the top
There’s quite a few things to do once you reach the top. Keep in mind that the lines are always going to be long. At the base of the tower are s few restaurants and convenient stores. Last time I went up they had a hamburger restaurant and a few Korean ones too. There is also lots of benches and a large pagoda.
Behind the restaurant are fences with lots of love lockets on. If that’s your kind of thing, you can also purchase a lock nearby and write your names on.
Up the tower
I cannot remember if there were stairs to climb, but we used the elevator. Inside the elevator, various multimedia displays will start showcasing the views and advertising the tower’s dynamic role in the city.
On top of Seoul
Once on top, you can enjoy the views of the city. Me and a friend started out pretty late, and landed up arriving at sunset and it was summer so it was beginning to get overcast. Just our luck. Eventually, night time set in and saw the city alight…amidst the foggy haze! It was still cool.
There’s more to discover on this mountain. If you continue walking toward the South of the mountain, you will come across a small park. This little park forms part of Namsan Park and is easily accessible by foot. It contains a charming little brook, with a pagoda and some benches among pretty flower arrangements.
You can actually walk around the whole mountain. It’s just another way of getting even better views of the city!
- Namsan Park and the tower is always full. Lines up to the cable car and people waiting to get to the top of the tower are always long. I seriously recommend an early start to the day.
- I found Spring and Autumn the best times to go