One of the first impressions my sister had about Korea on her recent visit here was that it was loud, busy and bright. Korea can definitely be overwhelming. There is so much going on everywhere right around you, and I think this compounds the inability to process just how massive the city of Seoul really is–it can be hard to process that this madness goes on for many miles in all directions.
This is one of the reasons I think that the 63 Building and Namsan Tower (or “North Seoul Tower”) are so special. They sit high above all the madness and provide 360 degree views of city, as far as you can see. I knew I wanted to take my sister and her new fiance(!) to the tower so they could experience these views for themselves. Plus, my sister got all sappy about the idea of the love locks and really wanted to add one to the “Love Lock Trees.”
Once they saw the love lock trees, Jillian and Conor decided straight away to buy a lock and add it to the trees. Matt wasn’t nearly as sold on the idea, but I finally convinced him we should get one too.
After locking down our love, we rode up to the top of the tower to take in the views, people watch and take cheesy pictures. Although most of the stuff at Namsan Tower are massive tourist traps, those views will never get old, and they’re a nice breathe of fresh air from the crowded streets.
To get to the Namsan cable car, take the Seoul subway Line 4 to Myeongdong Station, and take exit 3. Go south along Toegye-ro 18-gil street to the Pacific Hotel and turn left. Walk along Toegye-ro 20 gil street until you see the Ministop, and then turn right and walk along Toegye-ro 20-na-gil street. At the end of the street, you will see the stairway to the cable car.