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Visit Namsan Park, a huge green oasis that spreads across the slopes of 860-foot-tall (262-meter) Mt. Namsan. Set on the outskirts of the city center, it features an aerial tramway, botanic flower displays, historic landmarks, an observation tower and walking trails. During the Joseon Dynasty, Namsan Park was worshipped as a shamanistic site and used as a defensive fortification. Today, it is one of Seoul’s largest public parks and attracts thousands of visitors a day.
Choose from several ways to access the park and mountain. The fastest is riding the scenic Namsan Cable Car, which terminates a short stroll from N Seoul Tower. Buses also travel from the downtown district to just south of the tower. Alternatively, discover the park’s natural beauty by strolling along walkways framed by verdant foliage.
N Seoul Tower rises 774 feet (236 meters) above Mt. Namsan’s summit. Ride the elevators to the various observation decks and admire the panoramic daylight, sunset and nighttime views of the cityscape. Purchase food at the bars, cafés and kiosks set around the tower’s courtyard. Enjoy people-watching from the steps of the octagonal-shaped Palgakjeong Pavilion.
Trails stretch out from the mountain peak and lead past hillslopes decorated with pine and cherry blossom trees. Visit the Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site, one of several beacons erected by rulers of the Joseon Dynasty. The beacons served as communication towers to warn the city of imminent enemy raids. The Namsan Southern Circuit connects with Namsan Botanical Garden via a section of the old city wall.
See more of the city wall and the Waryongmyo multi-faith shrine along the Northern Namsan Circuit. In the park’s westernmost corner is the An Jung-geun Memorial Hall, which honors its eponymous Korean independence activist. Tour a re-creation of traditional Korean homes and gardens at Namsangol Hanok Village.
The park stretches south from the southern edge of the Myeongdong district. Public buses and the metro stop close to the entrances. Walk to the lower cable car station in 10 minutes from Myeongdong metro station.
Namsan Park is open daily. There is a fee for the cable car, tower and Hanok village.
Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon, Myeongdong Street, and Lotte Department Store. Jogyesa Temple and Seoul City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jongno 3-ga Station and Euljilo 3-ga Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namdaemun Market, Postal Museum of Korea, and Bank of Korea Museum. Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Sungnyemun Gate are also within 10 minutes. Hoehyeon Station is only a 2-minute walk and Myeong-dong Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Lotte Department Store. Namsan Park and Seoul City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Park and Myeongdong Street. Namdaemun Market and Sungnyemun Gate are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chungmuro Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.