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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.