Our fourth day in Seoul is a bit jam-packed, we started our tour with a visit at Gyeongbokgung Palace and lunch at Tosokchon, planned to head to Bukchon Village then NSeoul Tower. But during our visit, Korea had an ongoing silent protest related to political issues. We were supposed to take the shortest way to the Bukchon Village but the path that we’ve planned to take were barricaded with police cars and patrols. This is our first time to see an actual protest overseas and seeing people meeting towards that scene holding paper with foreign context is a bit alarming. We decided to head back towards the Gyeongbokgung Palace, ride the subway at Gyeongbokgung station and travel to Nseoul Tower instead of taking a detour towards Bukchon Village.
NSeoul Tower or YTN Seoul Tower or commonly known as the Seoul Tower, is a communication and observatory on the Namsan Mountain. This is actually just near our first hotel Seoul Global Hostel but due to conflict with the schedule we were not able to squeeze it on the early day of our itinerary. Namsan Tower aside from a known tourist spot is currently providing tower broadcast signals to popular Korean medias such as KBS, MBC and SBS.
HOW TO GET TO NSEOUL TOWER
NSeoul Tower is located on the Namsam Mountain. To get there you can take the cable car or bus ride. Taking the cable car is more expensive than the bus ride but then it provides a great view of Namsan Mountain and the downtown of Seoul, it is also faster and more efficient way to reach the tower.
From Gyeongbokgung, we ride the subway towards Myeongdong station. Walked to the Exit 3 and towards Pacific Hotel. We saw a few signage from the right side road of Pacific Hotel towards the tower, continued walking uphill for a few minutes and finally reached the final stairs going to the Cable car entrance.
The first floor area is the ticketing office. We availed the round trip ticket for WON 8,500 each (around PHP 420.00) and took the elevator towards the boarding area on the 3rd floor of the building. Expect queue on the boarding area as each car can only support 48 people one way.
You will be rewarded by the view of downtown Seoul and the Namsam mountain while inside the cable car. During our visit, the snow started to fall in Seoul and Namsam is really fascinating. The snow, white powder enveloped around the trees and the ice buildup on the previously stagnant water is what we’ve saw during that time. A few minutes later, we already reached the entrance of NSeoul Tower.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN NSEOUL TOWER
- TREES OF LOVE PADLOCK
Similar to the famous Pont des Arts in Paris, NSeoul Tower also have trees of Love Padlock in the Roof Terrace observatory on level T2. The love padlocks symbolizes love especially from the couples who visited the area. If you forgot to bring padlocks, you can buy this on a store just before you reached the Roof terrace but the price is obviously pricey. Padlock costs WON 5,000 to 10,000 (or around PHP 250.00 to 500.00).
- NSEOUL TOWER OBSERVATORY
The glass window gives a 360-degree view of Seoul and Namsan Mountain and is located on the T4 and T5 of NSeoul Tower. As highly suggested, you must try the sky restroom located on T4 of the tower – this is the highest bathroom in Seoul and has special glass window overlooking the view of the city. The observatory entrance costs WON 10,000 (around PHP 500.00) each. There are other packages available at the ticket booth on T1 floor. To buy ticket ahead and see other discounted packages, check it here.
- HELLO KITTY ISLAND
If you’re a fan of the famous cat – Hello Kitty, visit its themed room on the 5F of the Seoul Tower Plaza. Onsite ticket costs around WON 8,000 (around PHP 400.00). Klook offers discounted bundles including the observatory and Hello Kitty package.
- SSENTOY MUSEUM AND SHOWROOM
Ssentoy Museum and Showroom is perfect for kids and adults who loves toy collectibles and life size movie and animation figurines. Museum and showroom is located on the 5F of the Seoul Tower Plaza. Onsite ticket costs around WON 10,000 (around PHP 500.00). For bundles including Observatory and the Ssentoy Museum, check it here.
PRICING FROM ONSITE TICKET
|Observatory only||WON 10,000|
|Hello Kitty Island||WON 8,000
WON 12,500 (with Observatory)
|SSentoy Museum||WON 10,000
WON 14,000 (with Observatory)
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