one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the city, the 777 foot
(236.7 meters) Namsam tower, or N Seoul tower, in Seoul is an
opportunity for visitors to see just how much the South Korean capital has
grown over the years.
Featuring a nice array of restaurants serving
local food, including one that revolves, and a gift shop, you can take a
cable car up the mountain the tower is located on and enjoy the views from various observation decks. Another option is to hike up to the tower through Namsan Park, which features paths and viewpoints. It's photographer's dream; try and catch the
city flashing below the mountainous backdrop day or night.
was first opened to the public more than 30 years ago, it was reopened
as a cultural landmark in 2005 and now offers art exhibitions, movies,
performances, a children's center and even a bakery, making it a cannot-miss destination.
The most expensive fare for the observatory, which is for teens and
adults, is 7,000 won, while children get in for just 3,000
won. At the food court, prices aren't so bad either, offering local
favorites such as gimbap, noodles, and bibimbap for between 3,000 and
6,500 a plate.
Getting to the tower by car or taxi is prohibited, so the only real way
to get there is to either walk or get off the subway at the quite enjoyable Myeongdong
Station, where then it is a 10-minute walk from the station to the cable
car. A round trip ride on the cable car is 6,300 won between the hours of 10am and 10:30pm.