Sticking out atop Mt. Namsan Seoul Tower is visible from almost
any point in Seoul; serving as a handy reference point when trying to
navigate the metropolis. The tower has an observation deck (surprise!)
and a revolving restaurant. The view can be tremendous on a clear day
and there are displays placed at various intervals around the deck letting
you know the names of some of the major buildings and sites. The park/mountain/hill
used to be the southern limit of Seoul and was also the home of a warning
system of bonfires that stretched, hill by hill, to various parts of
- The cable car to the base of the tower runs at 10 minute intervals from
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cable car: a cable car connects the foot of the mountain
near Myongdong to the base of the Seoul Tower. Cars run every 10 minutes
from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Subway: Get off at Myong-dong Station on the blue line (line four).
Walk to the cable cars (10-15 minutes) or up the hill (about 20-30 minutes)
- Taxi: tell the driver to take you to 'Namsan'
- Follow the directions on the map as you exit the subway (or get to the
subway station if you've taken a different transport mode) and head
up the small road to the west of, first, the Pacific Hotel and then
the New Oriental Hotel. You'll walk past the cable car station and come
to the entrance of the park near the Botanical Gardens after a few more
minutes of hiking.