I wanted to use a pun relating to Namsan being the s(e)oul of Seoul. Sadly though, it seems a little old and cliched by now. I distinctly remember using it many, many times last year, so I thought better than to use it again. But if you ever need a pun about Seoul… Well, there are quite a few easy ones you can make!
Seoul Tower (Namsan tower goes by many names, Namsan Tower, Seoul Tower and N Seoul Tower!) is a tower located on Namsan mountain north of the Han River in Seoul. The tower itself is over 200 metres tall and situated on top of the mountain. And this makes it one of the highest locations in Seoul. Due to the location of it (it is very central to the northern half of Seoul), it is also very easy to access and can easily be done amongst other activities.
Getting to Namsan tower is easy, and there are two popular locations to start the journey from. Myeongdong and Itaewon subway stations are the easiest ways to reach Namsan. There are shuttles buses constantly looping to both of the stations. There are alternative routes too, but these two are the most common and tourist-friendly. Therefore, I would recommend them to most people. However, if you would prefer to not take the bus (they can quite often be crowded or sickening) you can also walk. The walk takes about 20-30 minutes and is quite steep, but it is an enjoyable walk. Just be careful of what season you do it in!
Going to the top of the tower will cost you 10000 Won (about $8 USD), which is a very reasonable price. However if you don’t want to pay you can always get a nice view from the top of the mountain! None of my photos were actually from the tower, they were all from the mountain.
In the distance, you can see the river winding through Seoul. It’s an amazing view and a splendid place to hang-out and stroll along in summer! I will hopefully make a post in the near future covering the river and what it’s like.
Namsan Tower and Lotte Tower both provide some amazing views of this wonderful and beautiful city! Personally, I prefer the view from Namsan (and it’s less crowded and cheaper), but it’s up to you! I would definitely recommend both. Lotte Tower is amazing, but you are so high up that it is really quite hard to judge the true scale of the city and the buildings below you. Namsan Tower, on the other hand, is more central to Seoul and gives you an amazing view nearly all of the city.