While Seoul might not be the first city in the world one thinks of when making a list of romantic capitals around the globe, romance is definitely alive here in Seoul. Seoul N Tower – formerly known as Namsan Tower—is the face of romance here in Seoul. No matter what time of day and no matter what time of year, Seoul N Tower is always full of couples of all ages.
Upon arriving at the top of Namsan Mountain and the base of Seoul N Tower, it is easy to see why this place has become a popular date place for Korean couples and foreign couples alike. Seoul N tower offers one of the best views of Seoul—a 360 degree view of the entire city. It is especially beautiful at night. Just be sure to go when the weather is good and the sky is clear.
Seoul N Tower can be reached via bus or cable car near Myeongdong Station. If the weather is nice enough, you can also walk to the top of Namsan Mountain on a surprisingly quiet path considering that Namsan Mountain lies in the heart of one of Seoul’s busiest and most popular districts. Personally I prefer to take the cable car up and then walk down so that I can appreciate the view and the trees without losing my breath climbing up.
Like nearly all major landmarks in cities around the world, Seoul has capitalized on Seoul N Tower’s location and atmosphere, so there is no shortage of things to do while at the top of Namsan Mountain. Here you’ll find multiple coffee shops, gift shops, and even a small but welcoming wine bar. If you take the elevator up to the top you can view Seoul from the observation deck which provides the best view from the tower while grabbing a coffee or writing a post card. There are also multiple restaurants at the top of the tower, Hancook offers Korean food with a very worth-worthwhile buffet, n. GRILL offers a fine French dining experience, and THE PLACE offers a more casual Italian dining experience. Prices are not cheap but then again you are paying for the view and the experience. My personal recommendation is to go to Hancook. The Korean food might not be as delicious as some other restaurants in Seoul but the view can’t be beat and it is more affordable at about 40,000 KRW per person. When considering that this also includes the ticket up to the observation deck it is not a bad deal at all.
At the base of the tower you will also have the opportunity to participate in the “locks of love” tradition. This practice has been popular throughout history and in all different countries. The act requires that a couple, or in some cases friends, purchase two locks and write messages to each other or promises to each other, after which the couple locks the padlocks together and onto a fence or in the case of Seoul N Tower, onto one of the many love lock trees. Although some may deem this kind of gesture to be childish, when standing in a forest of love lock trees one cannot help but be compelled to do the same, especially if you visit the tower with that special someone.
In short, Seoul N Tower is a great place for couples but also a great place to visit for anyone who wants to see Seoul from one of its greatest vantage points. Do not miss out on one of Seoul’s most famous and most beautiful locations.