N Seoul Tower (N서울타워)

Thursday, 18 February 2016

More commonly known as Namsan Tower (남산타워), N Seoul Tower (N서울타워) is a major landmark and tourist attraction of Seoul. It sits on top of Namsan Mountain (남산) and is surrounded by Namsan Park (남산공원).

After we left the cat café at around 3:00pm, we headed off to the Tower. But instead of walking up through Namsan Park, or catching the bus, we took the cable car—which I think was the fastest route. You've also got the option of walking to the cable car itself, but we took the Ormi (오르미), a sidewalk elevator, from Myeongdong (명동) to the base of the cable car—and it's free!

The cable car costs 8,500 won per person for a return trip, and it was about a 5-10 minute ride up to the Tower. Luckily, it wasn't packed when we went, so we could actually enjoy the view of Seoul on our way up.

N Seoul Tower is not just an attraction for tourists—it's very popular amongst local couples due to its romantic atmosphere and locks of love. #selfiesticktime

We opted for the roof terrace for panoramic view of Seoul and it was simply breathtaking. The roof terrace was free compared to the Observatory which costs 7,000 won a person.

As a snack, we also bought a churro for 3,000 won, and OMG, it was hands down the best churro I've ever had. Unlike the skinny, short ones they have at San Churro in Sydney, this one was thick like I've always imagined them to be. (In fact, most if not all churros in Seoul are big.)

Unfortunately, we missed out on the multi-coloured light show because we left N Seoul Tower just before 6:00pm as it was starting to get really cold. However, we did get a glimpse of it in Myeongdong every night.

Even though the skyline of Seoul wasn't all that impressive, it still felt pretty amazing to see a view of the city from up high. N Seoul Tower is one of those attractions that you must visit at least once when you're in the country. Unlike our own Sydney Tower which is smack in the middle of the city, N Seoul Tower is surrounded by nature so you don't have to worry about traffic noise or city sounds in the background—making it a really relaxing and pleasant outdoor space for people to just chill and hangout.

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