February 2, 2009
We’re currently enjoying vacation time, so we thought maybe it was time to visit all the touristy things. Yes, “touristy” is a word (it’s not).
We decided to visit N Seoul Tower. Seoul Tower is located on the peak of Mt. Namsan in Seoul, a city of 10 million people. There you’ll find a revolving restaurant, cafÃ©s, and an observatory deck, but if you’re afraid of heights and don’t want to go up the tower, you can still get a nice view of the city from the top of the mountain for free.
You have two ways to get to the tower:
A) For 7,000â‚© you can take a 7 minute cable car to the top of the mountain (which is the base of the tower).
B) For free you can walk up a huge, huge, huge, windy stone staircase. It has benches along the way and its lush forest-like surroundings are nice for pictures.
We chose the cable cars, but be warned, unless you take a taxi or tour bus to the cable cars, they are a mini-adventure to find via subway. If you want to take the subway there (which we did) it will be a 10-15 minute walk.
Here are the directions:
1. Get to Myeongdong Station (line 4).
2. Take exit 3 and look left. You’ll see a really wide road with a convenience store on the corner in front of you. Walk down this street.
3. You’ll see Pacific Hotel. The road splits in two around the hotel so stick to the right side.
4. Eventually the road runs into a flight of stairs. Take those stairs up and you’ll see the cable car building on your right. Can’t miss it.
While you’re at Myeongdong Station, make sure you check out the huge shopping area across the street. You have to use the underground subway path to cross and the signs will lead you. It’s very funky. Anyhow, the whole day was such an epic adventure day for us. The cable car ride was well worth the wait, and the view from the top of the tower was fantastic. Make sure you bring your cameras when you’re there. We sure did.