Saturday, January 11, 2014

N Seoul Tower

To celebrate Anne's birthday coming up on Tuesday, we had pizza tonight at Pizza Peel in Itaewon.  That was the only plan we had, so I was delighted when it was suggested we go to Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower) afterwards.  Visiting this landmark has been on my Seoul to-do list since September, so it was exciting to finally go up.  (My Seoul "list", by the way, still exists solely in my head, but it'll get written and posted soon since it's one of my time-sensitive 2014 resolutions).

We took a bus (#03) from Itaewon (just outside of metro Exit 4) directly to Seoul Tower.  You can easily see this landmark from all over the city due to its height, but what I failed to realize is that the tower itself isn't that tall.  It just sits on a massive hill in the middle of Seoul.  I had it in my head that the only way to get to the tower was via cable cars, but our bus drove up this hill to the very base of the tower.  There were amazing city views even from the bus windows on our way up!

N Seoul Tower
We took a few pictures on the ground below the tower before getting tickets to go up.  Our ticket numbers wouldn't be called for a half hour, but it was the perfect amount of time to browse the gift shop and look at the love lock "trees" outside.

It was a very brief elevator ride up to the observatory deck.  Each window displayed 2 - 3 city names and their distances from Seoul.

N Seoul Tower Namsan

We thought that it was probably best to come at night; Seoul couldn't look too amazing during the day with all of the grey buildings and cars, could it?

There were tags on display of 2014 wishes or perhaps resolutions.  The top right picture below are some of the love locks from outside the tower at ground level:


There was also a little red post box on the observation deck, with overpriced postcards for purchase nearby.  I saw the words "highest post office" printed on a nearby window and quickly took that to mean this was the highest post office in the world!

Anne and I each bought a postcard, which we addressed, stamped, and mailed from the tower.  (Stamps were included with the postcards, and extra postage is readily available for purchase if you're sending it internationally).

Highest post office in Seoul


It wasn't until just now, looking at my photos closer, that I clearly see "Seoul's highest post office" on that window.  Wikipedia tells me that the world's highest post office is 15,500 feet off the ground in Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh, India (4,700 m) (postal code 172114).   Oh well, still neat, although "highest post office in Seoul" isn't nearly as cool as the highest in the world.  It'll have to do for now.


IF YOU GO...

What: Namsan Tower (or N Seoul Tower)
Where: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가
Bus: 02, 03, 05
Hours: Friday - Saturday, 10:00-24:00; Sunday - Thursday, 10:00 - 23:00
PriceW 9,000 adult (to go up the tower to the observatory)
Website: N Seoul Tower official site (English, Korean), Visit Korea: N Seoul Tower (English)
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