From ancient to modern. The Namsan Tower of Seoul was built in 1969 as a communications tower. It is today also an observations tower known as the N Seoul Tower when it opened its doors to the public in 1980. It has since then become a must-see destination for those visiting the city. The N Seoul Tower lies atop Mt. Namsan (hence the name) and stands 479m above sea level at its peak. This art and cultural multiplex commands a spectacular view of the city on a good day.
On a bad day such as the day we were there, the smog did not allow for clear view… 😦
For those residing in Seoul, it has turned into a trendy urban haven offering exciting things to do and see. Imagine dining at a revolving 360˚ panoramic backdrop… ok it’s nothing new
but has anyone been to a toilet such as this?
On the same level, we admired the view while having our cuppa joe and this awesomely moist camembert muffin. A two-thumbs up!!
Part of their effort to preserve the environment of Namsan is by banning private vehicles from entering the mountain since 2005. One would have to walk up the hill, or take the cable car. We opted to walk, which makes for a good exercise albeit pleasant due to the lush trees that shade the road ascending to the tower.
As you reach the entrance, a floating figure greets and on the side of the tower is a viewing deck or a terrace (as they call it)
with countless locks attached to the railing, conveying eternal love.
Supposedly an idea copied from the Tokyo Tower. Our guide disclosed that a friend of his has six padlocks going on seven attached on the many rails of the deck.
But… but… 😕 But I guess hope springs eternal. 😀