|A view of Sunset in Seoul|
We decided to take the cable car up the tower just for a change (as we've been using buses all throughout the duration of our 16-day trip). However, the directions are quite tricky so I'm putting up a guide for your convenience :)
NOTE: There is a free cable escalator that you can use called Namsan Oreumi, if I remember correctly, is very near from Hoehyon station, too bad we only saw this when we were on our way down from the tower! This escalator will take you directly up to the cable car station. Anyway, our effort hiking up was still worth it as you can still see how locals live in Myeongdong.
Cable Car Directions:
From Myeongdong station, take Exit 3. From people coming from Myeongdong shopping stores, the landmark is Pacific Hotel. Take the road wherein you can see a 7-11 store. From there just walk straight ahead.
The rest of the trip would feel as if you were climbing up a hill. You would see another convenient store which is also a landmark. Just walk straight until you see a residential area, nearby here, you should be able to see stairs.
You will also see some signs that will lead to Namsangol Hanok Village. This could have been a nice sidetrip as well if you have enough time.
|Stairs leading to Namsangol Folk Village|
|Namsan Cable Car Station|
|The queue on a Saturday afternoon|
|I wouldn't mind queueing with this awesome view!|
|cable car going up to Namsan|
The round-trip ticket was 8,000 won. It was probably not worth it going up to the cable car station, waiting for an hour, then paying this fee so I recommend taking the bus to go to the tower (I haven't tried it yet though). The view was fantastic though, looking at the city on a sunset could have probably cured all the sores on my feet, however it was really crowded and it felt like we were inside a can of sardines. lol Hiking up the tower would have been a good idea too given that the weather was perfect that day.
|Namsan cable car roundtrip ticket|
|The view you can get while riding the crowded cable car.|
Upon reaching the tower, for some reason I can't remember, we immediately headed to the gift shop section which had pretty interesting items but we're quite pricey. You would also be able to see these "love tiles" nearby. There are also restaurants on the ground floor to complete the romantic ambiance.
|Cute figurines at the gift shop|
N Seoul Tower, commonly known as Namsan or Seoul Tower, is one of Seoul's most popular tourist spots that is often visited not just by foreigners but by locals alike. It is located on Namsan Mountain and is a communication and observation tower. The 236.7meter-tower marks the highest point in Seoul.
|N Seoul Tower :)|
After exploring the shops around the ground floor, these interesting display of locks in the Rooftop Terrace catched my attention. Apparently, these are called "Locks of Love" and at present, you could see thousand of these locks that signifies each couples' testament of their unwavering love for each other.
|Christmas tree of love locks and love messages|
If the couple breaks up, you could always throw away the lock in case you kept your key. I remember that this section was featured in one of Amazing Race's episode wherein the contestant have to find a certain padlock.
For a nice view of Seoul during the night, you can hang around the Rooftop Terrace for breathtaking views of the city. If it wasn't too cold and crowded that night, I would have probably just stayed there for a while and appreciate the beauty before my eyes.
|The nightscape of South Korea's most radiant city, Seoul|
|Our free ticket to the Observatory :D|
There was a queue for the elevator going up. Once we were inside there was a pretty cool 3D presentation that will sure to keep you occupied while waiting to reach the third floor. Once we were there, we noticed that the area was pretty small which we did not expect. There were some restaurants and cafes as well. We took pictures of the cool glases that has some of the World's cities printed on them.
|some stuffed toy display around the Observatory|
|Hope I'll be able to go here someday (with enough money and courage!)|
The Observatory offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Seoul. I couldn't say that it was anything different from what you could get from the Rooftop Terrace aside from there are less distractions from the view. It was also pretty crowded given that it was dinner time when we were there. Nevertheless, the nightscape was absolutely gorgeous!
|Seoul during night|
Overall, I'd really recommend going here especially during nighttime and if you can, with your boyfriend/girlfriend please! Seoul has its way of rubbing it in your face that you are single, and of course, going here is no exception as there are tons of lovers excited to put their love locks. It's also a cool way of seeing Seoul in a different light.
|Bye for now, Seoul Tower T_T|
Cable Car Operating Hours: 10:00-23:00
Round trip ticket: 8,000 won
N Seoul Tower Operating hours:
Observatory: 9,000 won
Teddy Bear Museum: 8,000 won
Package (Observatory + Teddy Bear Museum): 14,000 won