Love Locks at N Seoul Tower and Shopping at Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

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Me, asking one of my dorm mates, “Hey Hannah, have you visited N Seoul Tower? Is it nice? What is the best time you recommend to visit?”.

Hannah, quickly replied, “No, I don’t want to go there, I don’t have a partner, I don’t have a boyfriend, it will be very sad”.

I smiled in response, somehow unaffected and puzzled with her reaction. I guess she watched too many Korean dramas and for my early thirty something cynical self places like N Seoul Tower is only just another touristy place to see.

In fairness to Hannah, her assessment of N Seoul Tower was spot on.
myeongdong-n seoul tower

The 236 m N Seoul Tower is indeed a popular place for couples and their ceremonial declaration of unfailing love with padlocks. There are estimated ten thousand “locks of love” hanging around N Seoul Tower Roof Terrace with new one added each day.
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

Sometimes it feels like I was witnessing and intruding a very important ceremony among young couples whenever I move closer to the balcony edge for a city view, though it was kind of sweet to see them happy and having their moment.

To be young and in love!
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

Apart from the “romantic” appeal of N Seoul Tower, the location atop Mt. Namsan is a good place to breakaway from the city for a while and to enjoy admiring it from a distance. There is a free traditional martial arts demonstration for those wanting to continue indulging with Seoul cultural side.
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

There are two ways to reach the top of Namsan Park or N Seoul Tower, either you hike or take the cable car. Reaching both cable car and hiking starting point requires quite a walk on a sloped road from Myeongdong Station Exit 3 passing by Pacific Hotel. Though if you will be coming from Hoehyon Station via few minutes straight walk passing by Korea Post Office, there is a free cable escalator called Namsan Oreumi which will take you directly to the cable car station.
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

A visit to N Seoul Tower is recommended to be combined with a visit to Myeong-dong, one of Seoul’s top shopping district. There are major department stores like Lotte, Shinsegae and M Plaza as well as other international brands. However, as expected the one most frequented by tourists particularly by females are beauty house brands such as Etude, Face Shop and Nature Republic, all of which operate on the more you buy, the more freebies you get.

If you are quite familiar with Korean Pop Stars, I think you will have no difficulty identifying the names of the many faces among the huge billboards surrounding Myeong-dong.
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

One of the best thing about any shopping district is the joy of just walking around and taking satisfaction on simply observing everything around you, and for the case of Myeong-dong the mascots promoting dog or cat cafe are a standouts.
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

Offering a contrasting architecture from the series of billboards populating the shopping district is the Myeong-dong Theater and a few meters walk is the Gothic style Myeong-dong Catholic Church.
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower
myeongdong-n seoul tower

To wrap the day, I spent the evening watching one of Korea’s longest running show, the non-verbal comedy show which uses traditional samul nori rhythm, the Nanta Cooking Show.
city hall- nanta
city hall- nanta
city hall- nanta

#PrayForSouthKorea

9 thoughts on “Love Locks at N Seoul Tower and Shopping at Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

  1. Thanks for sharing this! Like you, I would probably go on my own to N Seoul Tower and do lots of touristy things! 😀

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