To end our Seoul searching trip, we never missed seeing Seoul in it’s highest point, in Namsan Tower. I think it is the best spot, with its bird’s eye view, to say goodbye to another beautiful city I enjoyed. It is the home of the famous lovelocks we saw in Korean dramas and has a great view of the city.
HOW TO GO TO NAMSAN TOWER
VIA BUS (1,200 KRW ROUNDTRIP)
NAMSAN SHUNWHAN SHUTTLE BUS NO. 2: Chungmuro Station Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema)
NAMSAN SHUNHWAN SHUTTLE BUS NO. 4: Dongguk University Exit 6
Please refer to this link.
VIA CABLE CAR (8,500 KRW ROUNDTRIP)
Go down to Myeongdong Station and take exit 3. Use the road to the right of the Pacific Hotel and walk uphill for 15 minutes. This is the method that we did, and my parents were tired of just walking to the cable car. So if you’re traveling with older people, I heard there’s a shuttle bus to the cable car in exit 7 or 8.
- VIA HIKING (FREE)
If you’re active and fit, you can hike Namsan Mountain to Namsan Tower. Don’t worry, for it is cemented and very pretty during the cherry blossom season.
NAMSAN TOWER LOVELOCKS
Being in Seoul for five days, I saw how Koreans love showing affection to their significant other in public, but it is in Namsan Tower where you can witness it most. Thousands of love locks and couples declaring their eternal love are everywhere that made me miss my boyfriend terribly.
Different shapes and sizes of love locks are sold with 200 pesos as the cheapest. They are very easy to open, though. I should have brought a YALE padlock for this. I bought a simple red one and wrote my name and Paul’s while believing with the Koreans that a love locked here will be forever and hoping that someday I can do this again with him besides. Please also note that it is not permitted here to throw the keys from above.
NAMSAN TOWER RATES
And of course, I have this thing with communications towers. I actually never thought of a tower to be romantic and beautiful since I set my foot here. I didn’t get the chance to go up in the observation deck, but it costs KRW9,000 or around 360 pesos. Above, you’ll see the 360-degree view of Seoul.
There’s also a romantic restaurant in Namsam Tower, Hancook Restaurant. If you’re a My Love from Another Star die-hard fan like me, you’ll remember this place where Song-Yi was poisoned with her wine.
But if you’re travelling as a family in a tight budget, N Plaza will be enough to see the whole of Seoul, for they have overlooking terraces already. One thing I recommend is to go here around sunset time so you can witness how the city view changes from day tonight.