Mt. Namsan (262m) is located right at the center of Seoul. The geographical center of Seoul is located right at the top of Namsan Mountain with its location (latitude 37 deg. 33′ 06.6′”, longitude 126 deg. 59′ 19.6″) measured with the use of a GPS satellite system, thus confirming that Mt Namsan is indeed the heart of Seoul.
My eldest daughter was adamant about visiting Mt Namsan and my youngest daughter was exhausted from the day’s activities and so we took her back to the guesthouse and left her there and made our way wearily to Mt Namsan.
We were fortunate to have easy access to the Line 4 Subway and took the subway to Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 3 . Then we took the road to the right of Pacific Hotel and walked for about 10mins towards the Namsan Tunnel #3 . It was a bit challenging as we were already tired and it was an uphill walk… but we made our way to where the free Namsan Oreumi elevator was…
The Namsan Oreumi Elevator is an interesting elevator that takes us up to the cable car station. There is of course, a bit of a queue….It can be quite an interesting experience being inside a transparent box moving upwards….
The elevator covers a distance of 140m and can accommodate up to 20 people. If you prefer to walk, I think there is a wooden staircase going up to the cable car station.
Namsan Oreumi Elevator Operation Hours: 09:00-23:00 (Closed on Mondays from 9am to 2pm for maintenance)
People normally go up Mt Namsan to go up N Seoul Tower (236m). The tower is always a favorite attraction for both locals and international visitors.
The tower’s multi-functional space has an observatory, restaurants, a museum, a coffee shop, and souvenir shops and is frequented by families, friends, and couples who come to soak in the romantic ambience and gaze upon the stunning city view.
So if you are one of the people who enjoy bird eye views or panoramic views, you definitely would not want to miss this one of Seoul.
When we reached the top of Mt Namsan and disembark from the cable car, there is a flight of stairs to climb (have I mention that there are a lot of stairs around in Seoul…..), the first thing interesting sight you will probably see would be the Mongmyeoksan Beacon Fire Station. FYI, Mongmyeoksan was the original name for Namsan, and the beacon fire station was a communication system to deliver urgent information and warnings from the borders to the central government during the Joseon Dynasty.
N Seoul Tower, which is also a communication tower now stands just opposite the beacon fire station, so Namsan actually still plays a significant role in the country’s communication system, although the signaling method has changed from fire and smoke to radio waves.
There are many other attractions on the summit of Namsan Mountain, such as the pretty octagonal pavilion and countless “locks of love” hanging on the walls of a terrace near N Seoul Tower, and others my daughter and I did not see since we were tired and did not spend too long there….
Nevertheless the views were magnificent and so pretty … I will definitely come here again to check out these amazing views in the daytime when I next come to Seoul……
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu