N Seoul Tower or Namsan Seoul Tower was the first tower in South Korea. This tower was built in 1969 as a broadcasting tower to send out television and radio signals. The tower was opened to the public in 1980. Standing at 236.7 meters (approximately 776.57 ft) tall, N Seoul Tower is located on Namsan Mountain which is 243 meters (approximately 797.24 ft) high so the total height is almost 480 meters (approximately 1,574 ft) above sea level. Today, N Seoul Tower has become the highest landmark in Seoul and is one of many multicultural venues in South Korea.
The tower illuminates using the latest LED technology every night from sunset until 10 PM in winter and 11 PM in summer. It offers tourists and all of Seoul “light art.”
The tower is divided into Seoul Tower Plaza and N Seoul Tower. Seoul Tower Plaza includes the Hanbok Cultural Experience Center at the lower ground level and several restaurants, game centers, souvenir shops, broadcasting facilities, and more. N Seoul Tower also has a digital observatory that offers a 360° view of the city, and exhibits 600 years of South Korean history through 36 LCD screens. On the other side of N Seoul Tower, visitors can find a Wishing Pond where people can throw coins into the pond to make a wish.
Visitors have to pay for a ticket if they want to go inside the observatory, Ssentoy Animation Museum & Showroom (the museum, displays and sells toy figurines that hard to find in Korea) and Hello Kitty Island in the tower. The price of the tickets vary for adults (ages 13 and up) and children (ages 3–12). For example, it costs 10,000 KRW (adults) and 8,000 KRW (children) for an observatory ticket. For the Ssentoy Animation Museum & Showroom it costs 10,000 KRW (approximately 8.82 USD) for adults and 8,000 KRW (approximately 7.05 USD) for children, and for Hello Kitty Island it costs 8,000 KRW (approximately 7.05 USD) for adults and 7,000 KRW (approximately 6.17 USD) for children.
Enjoy the entertainment outside the tower
The park around the tower has interesting attractions that visitors can explore. A traditional dance called Nongak Dance is performed for visitors. The dancers do amazing movements, like one dancer moving his head round and round to make the ribbon at the top of his head form moving circles. A lot of skill is required for the dancers to perform these dances to perfection — it is truly an amazing sight.
Lock your love here
Sometime visitors come to this place with their loved ones because Seoul Tower is known as one of the most romantic places in the city. Couples visit to lock their love with a padlock on the railing or fences around the base of Seoul Tower to make their love everlasting. The lovers write their names on the padlock, lock it and throw the key as far as they can, so the padlock will remain locked forever. They believe that this will allow their love to last forever.
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Choose a convenient way to get to the tower
There are three ways to get up the mountain. Visitors can take a car and continue by foot, opt to walk the whole way, or relax in the comfort of a cable car.
The advantages of going up with cable car are that visitors don’t get tired, they can enjoy views of Seoul, and are sheltered from cold/hot temperatures.
Namsan Cable Car’s operating hours are: 10:00 am until 11 pm and the fares are: round-trip adults 8,500 KRW (approximately 7.5 USD) / children 5,500 KRW (approximately 4.85 USD) / one-way adults 6,000 KRW (approximately 5.29 USD)/ children 3,500 KRW (approximately 3.09 USD).
Just choose the most convenient way for you to go to the mountain.
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