Travel Diary: Trip to South Korea Part 2 – N Seoul Tower

View of the N Seoul Tower from below.

Raise your hand if you’re watching Legend of the Blue Sea or have watched any Koreanovela before. I know I have, many times! They’re the best at creating romantic scenes with beautiful cinematography. This is partly the reason why I wanted to visit South Korea. Who wouldn’t? The places are just so pretty! Now I get double the ‘kilig’ when I watch a Korean series and they were shot in places I’ve already been to. One such place is the Namsan Tower or N Seoul Tower.

How to get there

Going to Korea, I didn’t have a solid itinerary. What I did was listed a few places I really wanna go to and played the rest by ear. I did research, yes, but not obsessively like I had in my past travels. I felt like this was a trip I would enjoy regardless. And I knew, that I would come back a second, third, fourth, or even a fifth time, no matter what, so there was no pressure in that sense.

We decided to go to the N Seoul Tower on our second day. We initially went to MyeongDong and the place was still a bit dead as it was still early, so we thought it was best to change plans and go to the nearest destination that’s on our list. I pulled up Google Maps on my phone and saw that the tower was quite near, so we decided to walk.

Quite near, right? Wrong!

Hiking the Namsan Tower

About ten minutes into the walk, we found out it wasn’t really that near. We were starting to regret our decision but we felt like we’d already done half the work, so why not finish all the way through? So we set on foot up to top of the tower, which was a good decision, because hello SEOUL!

View of Seoul while walking up the Namsan Tower.

Autumn is really a good time to go there because the trees are just magnificent. The colors were just like what I’ve seen in pictures, just better!

We also saw these strings of colored paper hanging by a wall along the way.

Other ways to get there

Of course, if you’re not up for a long walk, there are other ways to get to the top:

  • By Bus: You can take shuttle buses 02, 03, or 05.
  • By Cable Car: Take the train and alight at MyeongDong Station. Take Exit 3 and walk 10-15 mins to the boarding station.
  • By Seoul City Tour Bus: The bus departs in front of the Gwanghwamun Donghwa Duty Free.
  • By Car: There are nearby parking lots where you can leave your car.

For more details on fares and ticket prices, you can check out this link.

It’s totally up to you, but I would really suggest to take a walk. It’s tiring, yes, but the views are magnificent.

Yes?

What to see up there

We didn’t go up the tower itself. But if you decide to, the admission ticket to the observatory is 10000 won for adults, and 8000 won for children. There are other attractions on the mountain. Some of them are:

  • Locks of Love

  • Love Tunnel

  • Galleries
  • Restaurants and coffee shops
  • Souvenir shops
  • And so much more.

It was getting dark, so after a cup of coffee, we decided to head back to the bus stop to take the shuttle bus back to MyeongDong.

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Check out Part 1 of my Seoul Blog Series here.