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Why Namsan Park is special ?
Namsan Park is the largest park in Seoul and is home to many species of trees, plants, and animals. The park is well-known for its beautiful walking trails which allow visitors to see the local wildlife, such as its squirrels. The park covers a large area and features a number of tourist attractions including Baekbeom Square, the Namsan Cable Car and N Seoul Tower. Namsan Park is considered Seoul's principal park and on average welcomes 23,000 visitors every day.
The park and the fountain was used as the filming location for Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)'s drama Lovers in Paris.
What to explore at Namsan Park?
Namsan Park is a historical site. You will find Bonghwadae (beacon mound) at the top as it was once the center of capital defense. During the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) the capital was changed to Hanyang,(current Seoul) and to protect the city from invasions, castle walls were built on the 4 major mountains like Mt. Bukaksan, Mt. Inwangsan, Mt. Naksan and Mt. Namsan. On Namsan peak, five beacons were built to report the news from local governments to the central government with a five-signal system.
Also on the top of Mt. Namsan, there is the Palgakjeong Pavilion, which has a fantastic view. At Seoul Tower (479.7m), you can view the whole landscape of Seoul and the West Sea beyond Incheon. The rotating restaurant in the Seoul Tower also boasts excellent views. With excellent night view, you should try having dinner at the tower. It would be a great experience to visit Namsangol Traditional Korean Village which is a village of 5 traditional Korean houses.
How to get to Namsan Park?
Hoehyeon Area: Go out exit #4 at Hoehyeon Station on Seoul Subway Line 4, then walk for 20 minutes.
Hannam Area: Go out exit #2 at Hangangjin Station on Seoul Subway Line 6, then take bus #0014 and get off at Hyatt Hotel (Botanical Garden)(Bus comes every 10 minutes / takes about 10 minutes)
Palgakjeong (Seoul Tower) Area: Go out exit #2 or 3 at Myeong-dong Station on Seoul Subway Line 4. Walk towards Lila Elementary School for approximately 10 minutes, then you will see Palgakjeong (Seoul Tower)and take a Cable Car.
- Stunning colorful garden
- Nice scenery, enjoy the sunset
- Breathtaking views, quiet and fresh
- Quite a romantic stroll and beautiful view
- Seoul tower fun to visit.
South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Samil-daero, 231 남산공원
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An amazing place to come with your dog. Probably the best place in Seoul and so easily accessible. Endless trails.
I signed up for an hike organized by the COEX Intercontinental Hotel concierge staff to explore Namsan Park. On April 19, we caught the very tail end of the cherry blossom season, and the wildflowers were in full bloom. The weather was cool and humid, and the walk was a good distance for me (approx. 3 miles up and back, since we started at the park entrance. Some tours drove to the top but our excursion was labeled a "hike" and hike we did!) There is some serious elevation gain, either by the stairs (which is more directly UP) or by the road which winds around but still is on the upward slant. At the top, we walked into a spring festival in full swing. We ended up not going into the radio tower, as the view from the top of the public access was quite nice in and of itself. At the top you'll find love locks all around, in the shape of trees and along the guard rail of the top deck area. Suggest you wear comfortable shoes (amazing to see many folks walking up in high heels, and full on Sunday duds - stockings, 3 piece suits etc!) You'll generate a sweat, even in cool weather, so dress appropriately! Even from where the busses might drop you off (if you're on a bus tour) it's a steep 100 meters or so up to the top of the hill. All in all it was a good hike, and a nice scenic view at the top. A nice way to get a vista of the entire area.