One of the most famous tourist sites in Korea is the Namsan Seoul Tower. From the outlook you have a panoramic view of the city, and it is especially beautiful at sunset. Neil and I visited Namsan on New Years Eve. We took the metro to Myeong-dong station and left from exit 3. We walked to the place where we could take a cable car up, (a round trip ticket is 8,000 won). Getting to the cable car is a fast way of getting up to the tower, but if you’re going on it to get a look at some scenery, I’m not entirely sure if it is worth it because we were packed like sardines in there!
There were so many pictures to take once we reached Namsan Tower! Unfortunately, I don’t have any good sunset pictures from the peak as it happened to be really muggy that day. However, I still have some interesting ones of these locks that you will find up there. Couples from all over come to this place to declare their love for each other with the symbol of a lock, promising that they will never break up. It’s a bizarre concept considering love is supposed to set you free, but nonetheless a cute thing to do with your special someone. My cousin was the one who recommended it to me to do with Neil while he was here. My cousin even said that he has more than one lock up there somewhere, each with a different girlfriend! I made fun of him for it, and will probably never let him live that down...
We ate a delicious dinner at this homemade burger cafe located on the first floor plaza. I must warn you though, we didn’t find seating and ate standing up. So word of advice is that one person saves a table while the other orders. Still, we didn’t think about it too much because we were too busy eating the best chili cheese fries I’ve had in Korea. Yes, better than Kraze Burger. There are many other restaurants to eat at, they are quite pricey but they could be worth it. The Exclusive French Restaurant n.GRILL is at the highest point of N Seoul Tower and slowly rotates while you eat so that you can enjoy the 360 degree view of Seoul.
After dinner, we bought our tickets to go up to the observatory part of the tower. It was beautiful to see all the city lights. I even stood from the New York outlook window and waved to my family and friends back home. Then, when we had seen it all we went back down so that we could put our own little lock among all the others. It was fun to share that memory, and we completed the “ceremony” by throwing away the keys to the lock in a dramatic but romantic way. That’s how we ended the night and we made our way back down the cable car.
I really enjoyed this trip to the Seoul Tower. There were so many interesting things to see even at the gift shops. For instance, we saw these entertaining umbrellas that looked like people in robes. It was very crowded as it is a major tourist spot, but we were still able to get a cup of hot cocoa and sit and chat while looking out at the city night lights. I recommend if you have friends or family visiting you in your stay here to take them to the Seoul Tower. Are there any places you would recommend as a “must see” for when people come visit Korea for the first time?
Yuna Lee is a current instructor at Chung Dahm Learning. Yuna was born and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area and graduated from the University of Mary Washington. She has traveled to many different places including Honduras, Ecuador, and Nepal. However with her father being Korean, she wanted to learn more about her heritage, so she set off to Seoul, Korea to do some soul-searching. Now, she is loving the freedom and independence of her post-college life. Teaching at Chung Dahm has been such a rewarding experience. Follow her blog to read up on the interesting things she has to share!