N(amsan) Seoul Tower at night - a sight to behold!

 Bukchon Village / Samcheong-dong > N(amsan) Seoul Tower

After the unsuccessful attempt at trying to locate a café in Apgujeong (can’t remember if it was the one Cube or one opened by someone from Super Junior lol) and lots of walking (close to about an hour) we headed down to N Seoul Tower. So it was off to the subway station, where we alighted at the Myeongdong Station (Exit 3).

We had initially wanted to take a walk to take the cable car, but the walk was more than 10 minutes (or so it seemed with all that slope and the walking we did previously did not help)! The directions seemed straight forward enough, but the walk really seemed longer than it was(?). 

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It looked simple enough but....
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... it was really far away! Either that or our tired feet were protesting and affecting the sense of distance.

So we ended up walking back to the station and hopped on bus number 5 to bring us to our destination. The bus ride was a refreshing well deserved rested reprieve from all that walking (my aching feet!). There are so many ways to get to N Seoul Tower. We could also have taken the bus at Chungmuro Station or Dongguk University Station, which would have brought us to the parking lot of N Seoul Tower.

The bus ride was very tourist friendly with each stop being announced over the speakers. And along the way there were interesting stops (we could try visiting the next time we go i.e. Namsan Library, Namdaemun Market , Hanok Village etc…). Before we realized it, we had already reached our destination.

From the bus stop where we alighted, it was yet another (relatively short) walk up a steep slope. It was about 9pm and there were still quite a lot of people visiting the tower. The walk up the steep slope in the chilly night was a memorable experience (and good exercise!): the spring breeze blowing against you in the night, with the surroundings illuminated by the night lighting, accenting the colors of spring (which oddly reminded me of autumn somehow).

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It was a scenic walk up the (steep) slope towards N Seoul Tower, with the lighting illuminating the pretty yellow hues.
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N Seoul Tower within reach (almost)

Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at the tower, the Teddy Bear Museum had already closed (sobs sobs) for the day (it closes at 10pm at night and the last entry is at 9pm). The tickets cost us 9,000 won each (pretty reasonable).

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We finally reached the top!
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N Seoul Tower within reach!
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We wasted no time in getting the admission tickets
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Admission ticket! 9,000 won each


So with ticket(s) in hand, we entered N Seoul Tower from the basement and made our way up on the elevator. The experience was somewhat similar to that of Taipei 101 – a lift that can go up (real high) in a short time (seconds to minutes) and there were special effects to give you the feeling as if you are about to catapult in to the sky. We also got our photo taken and the option to purchase the photo, which we did – we are tourists after all (and it did look prettier than the one Taipei 101 offered).

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Lighted directory at the the entrance
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Heading over to the elevator to begin the 'adventure'!
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The lobby
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The queue! Still quite a lot of people visiting at night.

At 236.7m, N Seoul Tower sits atop Namsan Mountain (243m), and similar to Taipei 101, N Seoul Tower is at a height that offers a 360-degree view of Seoul. The viewing experience is enhanced with high-powered telescopes and the names of world cities and street displayed on each window pane.

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Night view from N Seoul Tower and names of world cities on window panes

The tower is also equipped with food (e.g. Hancook, N Grill), snacks, souvenir shop(s) and even a corner for couples and making wishes!

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Never feel hungry again (as long as it is within opening hours).
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Plenty of souvenirs (albeit overpriced for some)
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Couple tiles
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Wishes, letters and loveeeee.....

With the conclusion of our N Seoul Tower self-tour, we made our way (down the slope) to the bus stop and waited (in the cold cool spring breeze) for the bus to take us back to the Myeongdong (subway) Station. It was quite a while before the bus (number 5) arrived, but get on it we did and we were soon back at Myeongdong Station and made our way back to the apartment.

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Waiting for the bus in the cold cool spring breeze

N Seoul Tower 
Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)

Operating Hours
Observatory: 10:00-23:00
Restaurant: 11:00-23:00
Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-22:00 (Last entry: 21:00)

Observatory: 10:00-24:00
Restaurants (n.GRILL/Hancook): 11:00-23:00
Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-22:00

Admission Fees (more information: Korea Tourism Website)
Adults: 9,000 won | Seniors/Youth: 7,000 won | Children: 5,000 won

Teddy Bear Museum
Adults: 8,000 won | Seniors/Youth: 6,000 won | Children: 5,000 won

Package (Observatory + Teddy Bear Museum)
Adults: 14,000 won | Seniors/Youth: 10,000 won | Children: 7,000 won


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