Our first stop during our first day of touring in Seoul – was the N Seoul Tower (a land mark of Seoul) and also the Locks of Love. There’s also a place near by where you can try wearing a Hanbok (traditional Korean dress) for FREE!!! Click the READ MORE button below to get more info about our adventure to this place!
HOW TO GET THERE: There are a couple ways you can get here, we chose option 3 below!
1. Namsan Shuttle Bus
- Circulation Bus No. 2: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. (Operating hours: 7:00 am to 11:30 pm )
- Circulation Bus No. 3: Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Lines 1 & 4), Exit 9, Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2. (Operating hours: 7:30 am to 11:30 pm)
- Circulation Bus No. 5: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema). (Operating hours: 7:30 am to 11:30 pm)
2. Namsan Cable Car
Directions: From Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Go out at exit 3. Take the road to the right of Pacific Hotel and walk for about 10 minutes (open google maps!)
3. Seoul City Tour Bus (Hop On Hop Off) – this is the one we chose! Super convinient and highly recommended! I’ll make a separate post about this soon.
- Operating hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (last departure at 6:00 pm) – runs every 25 to 30 mins
- NOTE: City Tour Bus does not operate on Mondays (Exception: national holiday falling on a Monday, and during summer peak season (4th week of July to August 15
We didn’t book ahead or buy through any travel agency so we just queued up and purchased on the day. Ticket info below:
RATES – to the observatory:
Adults (13 years and over) = KRW 10,000 (approx. Php 490)
Elderly (65 years and over) + Children = KRW 8,000 (approx. Php 390)
If you need more information, you can check out their website here.
Right before you enter the elevator for the observatory deck there is a photo zone where you can choose from different backgrounds you want. We chose the one with the cherry blossoms – you can collect your photo/s at the gift shop on the observatory deck. PS. when you’re in the elevator – look up! Hehe.
Prices per photo : 4×6 print: 3,500 won/ 6×8 print: 5,000 won/ 8×10 print: 10,000 won
There’s a lot you can do here at the Observatory deck. Here’s a few:
- Of course, you can check out the 360 panoramic view our Seoul City
- Try out their N Photo Studio and try the Traditional Hanbok experience
- Eat! So many restaurants here (N-Grill, HanCook, N-Burger, just to name a few)
- Shopping! There’s a small gift shop where you can buy some souvenirs.
There is also a little camera set up thing where you could either connect to Busan Tower and/or play games! You can win discounts, free tickets, etc. I was able to score a discount from Aritaum (sadly didn’t get to use it) and free entrance to Busan Tower – which I forgot to bring when we went to Busan Tower 🙁
It’ll also snap a photo of you at the end and you can have it sent to your email account as a souvenir! Hehe.
Also, I’m just reading through their pamphlet at the moment and the tower actually lights up at night and the color actually represents the air quality of the city (Blue – good, Green – average, Yellow – bad and Red – poor). Interesting! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the tower at night though.
LOCKS OF LOVE
A place similar to the locks of love in Paris – outside of N Seoul Tower you’ll find tons and tons of colorful locks chained the side of a viewing deck and bridge. It’s a great photo op! Also, the locks are everywhereeeee. It gained popularity since a star couple of MBC’s We Got Married visited the site and also recently because of the KDrama – My Love from the Star.
Heres’ what the pamphlet has to say about the Heart Chair (photo above):
“Bringing you closer to your beloved – Heart Chair. Fall in love as you have a seat on this magical bench. To bring you closer to your lover, the N Sarang Bear has bent the center of the bench into the shape of a heart. The fold of the V brings you closer to one another, making it an essential stop on your date. If you still experience some awkwardness when left alone with your lover, have a seat on the Heart Bench! It will tenderly bring you closer to your loved one.”
Have you ever wanted to try wearing a traditional Korean dress aka a Hanbok? N Seoul Tower offers a traditional Hanbok experience on the 4F of the tower – but the prices are quite hefty. We went look around the outside of the Tower and found this place! You can try on a Hanbok for FREE! All you have to do is sign up – only takes you a few secs hehe.
Overall, I really enjoyed exploring N Seoul Tower and Namsan Park! Have you been here before? How was your experience? If you haven’t been here yet, will you add this place to your bucket list? Let me know in the comments section below! ♥ Also if you haven’t read my last blog about Korea, click here.