Finally, I went back to Namsan Tower and this time I actually went inside! Not sure why but the last time I had gone to visit the tower I was told you could only go inside if you were watching a movie…well, this is a total lie. If you have the money to buy a ticket up, you can go inside the tower, simple as that! You can read about my last visit in the Spring time here.
As luck would have it on this particular day we went to see the tower it was incredibly cold, which meant that there was no line to get in the tower and look around. If you are visiting the tower you can either walk up to the base of the tower or bay to take the tram up. Personally, I’m always going to go with the tram option but the hike up looks like it would be nice even if it is super steep. But if you are much more athletically inclined then you can save yourself the ₩8,500 (less than $8) it costs for a roundtrip tram journey.
Once at the base of the tower you have to hike up some stairs where you can see the love locks. Since visiting last summer the love locks have definitely been re-vamped. There are now love lock trees scattered around the base of the tower where lovers can proclaim their everlasting love. It’s a pretty neat sight, I always appreciate the heavy duty locks even though they aren’t necessarily the prettiest, you know that couple was really taking the love lock thing seriously.
There are some small stores and snack stands at the base of the tower and you of course can buy a lock. The cost of the ticket up the tower is ₩10,000 (less than $10) and as far as I can tell there isn’t a time limit as to how long you want to stay up there. I would recommend going later in the evening before the sun goes down and then staying until after the sun sets this way you can get the day and night views of Seoul. There are additional packages you can purchase for the observation deck which include drinks and snacks or dinner options if you so desire.
Once on the observation deck you can take advantage of the views from two levels. It really is a great view of Seoul, and the windows are labeled so if you aren’t super familiar with the area you can know what neighborhoods you are getting a bird’s eye view of. I would definitely recommend going to the bathroom while on the observation deck, it has some pretty great views for a bathroom…I managed to snap a quick pic while using the facilites.
My reason for visiting Namsan Tower on this particular day was that a friend from the States was visiting Josh and I in Korea and naturally we wanted to take him to one of Seoul’s landmarks. There were two journalists walking around asking couples about love and what brought them to Namsan Tower and I had an uncomfortable conversation telling them that it wasn’t love that brought us…it was tourism.
Anyways, my second visit to Namsan Tower was great…getting to actually go inside the tower means I can now cross it off my Seoul to do list!