2015년 10월 6일 화요일

Seoul - Namsan & Seoul Tower

Namsan (Mt., 270m) is located in the middle of Seoul, it is considered as the symbol of Seoul and it is also called as Mongmyeoksan (Mt.). King Taejo moved the capital of the city of Joseon dynasty and Namsan was located to the south of its capital city, while the city enlarged during the modern period. Namsan is one of the four major mountains surrounding the city. It is supposed to hold a great energy because it is equivalent of phoenix of the south and inner-city hill in Feng Sui. Topography of Namsan that was destroyed during the Japanese occupation period had been restored through Namsan Restoration Project since 1991 and The Namsan Renaissance Project launched by Seoul City in 2009 expanded the green spaces and restored the old fortress walls.



1. Seoul Tower
    Seoul Tower is the highest and the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul as it stands 480 meters above sea level on Namsan. The Sky Restroom is a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the scenic beauty of Seoul.
* Fare of Seoul Tower of Observatory
Person
Fare
Group Fare(over 20 people)
Adult
9,000 Won
8,100 Won
Student
7,000 Won
6,300 Won
Child
5,000 Won
4,500 Won
* Note
Hours
09:00-23:00




2. Beacon Tower
    The torch and smoke were created in the beacon tower for emergency communication needs. There were 5 key towers nationwide, and they all delivered messages to the tower in Namsan as the final destination.




3. Palgakjeong (pavilion) plaza
    The plaza is located on top of Namsan. Different works by Korean and foreign digital light artists are installed in the name of Namsan Museum of Light Project. Stage and observation deck are some of the facilities in the plaza.


4. Palgakjeong Observatory
    The observatory offers a refreshing open view of the south of Namsan. Wish locks embodying lover's hopes and wishes hang from the fence along the deck.





5. South Fortress Wall
    The fortress was built by connecting the city's 4 mountains to protect the capital city.



6. Central Steps in the Seoul Fortress Wall
    The steps lead from the fountain plaza (recently on the way of restoring the fortress) to the top of Namsan. The walk takes about 20 minutes, and there is a photo island that offers a landscape halfway up the steps.



7. Jamdubong Photo Island
    The scenic spot is located halfway up the steps along Namsan Fortress. It features a full views of Gyeongbokgunhg(palace), Gwanhwamun, Myeong-dong, and rest of downtown Seoul (10 min. walk).





8. Wildflower Garden
    Seoul indigenous trees and plants grow up this botanical garden created in 1997. There is the Wildflower garden with 186 species of wildflowers and 93 species of trees in the eastern section, and there is Paldo Pine Forest with some 80 pine trees in the western section.














9. Round Trip along North-Bound Sunhwan-Ro
    The distance from Dongguk Univ. to cable car station is around 3.5km (one way) and it takes around 45 minutes on foot. Especially there are lots of cherry trees and thus the pavement is covered with cherry blossoms in Spring.









10. Southbound Beltway
    The distance from Seoul Tower to Namsan Library is around 1.3km (one way) and it takes around 16 minutes on foot. For easy walk, you can take a bus to the top and then go down through this way. All the buses stop in the Namsan library if you want to enjoy the special view of cherry blossoms in Spring or autumn leaves such of maple trees in Autumn.





11. Namsan Cable Car
    Namsan Cable Car operates year-round from 10:00am to11:00pm. Riding the cable car provides beautiful views day or night. Arrive in the morning if you want to beat the crowds for spectacular sights of Seoul, or come at night and float the sparking city lights.
Namsan Cable Car operates a free shuttle service that picks up customers from the Myeong-Dong subway station. The shuttle bus leaves once every hour. Look for the yellow and green bus that says, "Namsan Cable Car Shuttle".
This slanting elevator is operated by the City of Seoul free of charge.
It travels from Myeong-Dong to the base of Namsan Cable Car.
You can find the elevator on Sogong-Ro(between Toegye-Ro and the Namsan 3-tunnel, near the Myeong-Dong Subway Station and the Hoehyun Subway Station)
(9:00 A.M~24:00 P.M)



* The fare of the cable car
Person
Fare
Group Fare(over 30 people)
Adult Round-Trip Fare
8,500 Won
7,000 Won
Adult One-Way Fare
6,000 Won
5,000 Won
Children or Senior Round-Trip Fare
5,500 Won
4,500 Won
Children or Senior One-Way Fare
3,500 Won
3,000 Won
12. Public Transportation
    - Namsan Library
      Blue Bus No. 402 and 405 in Gwanghwamun, City hall, Seoul Station, Namdaemun Market, Hyatt Hotel, etc.
   - Seoul Tower
     Namsan Tour Bus No. 02, 03, 05 in Chungmuro Station(Transfer from Subway Lines 3&4, Exits No. 2&4), Dongguk Univ. Station (Trnasfer from Subway Line 3, Exit No. 6), Namdaemun Market, Seoul Square, Myeong-dong, Itaewon, etc.


※ Most explanations are quoted from brochure by Jungbu Parks & Landscape Management Office.