Namsan Park Seoul is also called as Namsan Seoul Tower or N Seoul Tower. There is another park called Naksan Park, so don’t get confused and lost just like me.
The hardest moment from exploring the beautiful Seoul city could be my experience at Namsan Park. Why? Well, because at that day, my ankle and knee were in great pain every time I moved them around. Did I sprain them accidentally? Perhaps..
I walked like an old woman who needed a stick. Thank God that Seoul people did not knock me down as cannot be patient with me who walked too slow at subway station stairs. ಥ_ಥ
How To Go To Namsan Park?
Namsan Park Map from Subway Exit
After getting off from Hoehyeon Station exit 4 (Seoul Subway line 4) , I was lost in direction whether to walk forward or backward as there was no sign at street. So, I try my luck and walked forward.
After a while, I still saw nothing so I went back and walked in opposite direction. Well, after walked for 15 minutes, I still could not find the Namsan Park.Then I headed back to the subway station exit. ┐(‘～`；)┌
As my stomach was hungry already, I decided to pop in the tiny local restaurant run by a little family located right in front of the subway exit.
Food price range between 3500-6500 Won. If you having difficulty what to order as all menu in Korean language, just point out the food pictures in front of the restaurant to the waiter as all written the price already.
The food here tasted like mom’s cooking with home made recipe. Simple and affordable. I ordered one spicy noodle and one spicy Tteokbokki. Nothing to complain from the price and cozy place. They also served free pickled fruit and kimchi as side dish as you can see from picture below. Drinking water is free here, guest can refill as many time as they want. How amazing was that? Delicious food with great price and nice eating place. ＼(￣▽￣;)／
One thing that I fancy about Korean eating place is the little secret hidden in the left side of the table which has drawer to keep spoon and fork or chopsticks that guest can pull out so it really saving unnecessarily space.
After having my meal, I continued to walk forward from subway exit to search for Namsan Park.On my way there, I asked a local Korean uncle who was with his wife and two cute little kids. He was very kind. He stopped to help me and asked his wife and kids to wait there and get his smart phone out to try search using map in Korean and told me which way to go. I thanked him and continued my journey.
Namsan Park Seoul
After awhile, I saw a bridge above from main road which has many tourist buses stopped there. In my mind, I has this thought that it must be headed to a sightseeing place which might be Namsan Park so I didn’t wait much longer and climb the little stairs directly. Well, my guessing was correct, finally I found Namsan Park.
The hardest thing to explore the gorgeous Namsan Park was because the layout of Namsan Park with so many rock stairs to the top of Namsan Mountain. I was so upset with myself why I was not in fit condition when I reached there.
There is a cable car service to the top which cost 6,000 Won(one way) for an adult and 3,500 Won(one way) for kid but I decided not to take it. For round trip, the cost is 8,000 Won (adults) and 5,000 Won (kid)
I ended up hiking the stairway path step by step to reach the top of hill. That was pretty ridiculous but then I realized I did not regret it when I saw the excellent view at the peak. The sunset was so amazing and the air was so fresh.I took a deep breathe several times. I fell in love at first sight with the spectacular view of Namsan Park and it has a special place in my heart. ♪☆ｖ(⌒ｏ⌒)ｖ♪
As a historical site, Namsan Park also has Namsan library up here. The library is quite huge but I did not go inside and I forgot to take the picture of Namsan library when I walked passed it. ZZzzzz (~￣▽￣)~
Namsan Park Attraction
There are many attractions that visitors can enjoy at Namsan Park Seoul such as:
1. At the top of Namsan Mountain, tourist can visit Palgakjeong Pavilion (Octagonal Pavilion) which offers absolutely beautiful sightseeing.
2. Couples in love can enjoy memorable moment at Seoul Tower Locks of Love by putting on the padlock to the wall to keep their love eternal (visitor can bring own padlock from home or buy at there). Or checkout the Seoul Tower Observatory which cost 9,000 Won for each person.
Or if not, couples can also try having romantic dinner at tower rotating restaurant which offer fantastic view. Anyone who on honeymoon may consider idea to go here. (✿ ♥‿ ♥)
3. Visitors also can walk or sit around Maritime Aquarium and water fountain.
4. Best place to witness cherry blossom scenery (during spring season)
5. Having a historical experience at An Jung geun Memorial Hall, Namsan Library, or the Hanbok culture center there
6. Taking photograph at the historical Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site
Besides travelers worldwide, there are also many locals who bring their babies strollers or accompanied by pets to have afternoon stroll here. Namsan Park is a really nice resting site to have peaceful quiet time.
Namsan Park is open all year round but for Seoul Tower cable car and observatory, the service is closed at 23:00 p.m at night.
Directions getting here: Besides from Hoehyeon Station on Seoul Subway Line 4, visitor can also take Seoul Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station exit Number 2 or number 3 / take Seoul Subway Line 6 to Hangangjin Station exit number 2 then getting on bus number 0014