Seoul Tower in South Korea (Namsan Tower)
Seoul Tower, also called Namsan Tower or, more recently, N Seoul Tower, is located in the centre of Seoul on Mount Namsan. Seoul Tower was opened to the public for the first time on the 15th of October 1980. Namsan Tower is 236.7 metres high and, because it stands on top of Mount Namsan, it rises to about 480 metres above sea level, thus allowing visitors to enjoy a great panoramic view of Seoul.
Seoul Tower was remodelled in 2005 and it opened to the public again on the 9th of December 2005, with the name of N Seoul Tower (N stands for new). The new tower has a new lighting system that makes the tower spectacular at night; new facilities such as restaurants, shops, cafés; a lobby with a media zone where films and music videos are shown for free; two pavilions, one for exhibitions and the other for performances; two observatories, the new digital observatory with new state of the art digital telescopes and the classic analogue observatory; a new revolving western style restaurant called N Grill on the top floor.
How to get to N Seoul Tower
It is not possible to drive to N Seoul Tower, so the only options are either walk, take a bus or a cable car.
Getting to N Seoul Tower by cable car: Getting to Seoul Tower by cable car offers the opportunity to enjoy a nice view of Seoul and of Namsan Park. You can get to the cable car station by getting off at Myeongdong Station (Line n. 4, exit 3) and walking for ten minutes from the subway station.
Getting to N Seoul Tower by bus: You can take a bus at Chungmuro Station (line n. 3 or 4) or at Dongguk University Station (line 3), which will take you to the parking area of N Seoul Tower. Buses run every six minutes from 8am until midnight.
Getting to N Seoul Tower on foot: walk 30 minutes from exit 3 of Myeongdong subway station (Line n. 4).
Seoul Tower is surrounded by a park, called Namsan Park. In addition to the tower, Namsan Park contains other facilities and attractions such as the Public Library, the National Theatre, an aquarium, the Botanical Gardens and an historical site, at the top of Namsam Mountain, called Bonghwadae (beacon mound). Bonghwadae includes five beacon towers that in the past were used as observation spots to defend the city of Seoul. Namsan Park is also a good place to go hiking, jogging or just to relax and walk in a green area.
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